I must retract my previous post lol! Today I attended my first dog show, the Poodle Nationals, and it was all about conformation. Not only do the dogs never sit in the ring, but the signal the handlers give for the dog to 'stand' is the same as the one we were taught to use for 'sit' in Obedience!!!!
I would assume that Merlin achieved his champion status in the show ring, so my apologies Kelpielover