The Conformation ring is where dogs are judged based upon their looks and physique-how the dog is "put together" and how the dog moves. Initially the dogs are judged within their Breed, then the "best of each breed" compete within their Group (Sporting, Working, Toy, Non-Sporting, Hounds, Terrier and Herding). Those dogs compete for "the best in group", and they compete until finally one dog is chosen as Best In Show (frequently designated BIS). To win at any of these levels is quite an honor as competition can be quite tough!
Carol and Dalmatian, Jolene,
win a Group 4 in Rio Pecos.
Bernie Backman and English Setter Hoss win a group third in 2013 Owner handler competition. Co-owner is Lynne Coffman and you can see more at Pinemeadowsenglishsetters.com
RB, a German Wirehaired Pointer, is owned by kennel club member, Phyllis. RB, handled by MariLynn, took Best of Opposite two days at the Fiesta Cluster in Scottsdale.
Sue's Border Terrier, CH Standish's Dixie Chic, is shown here at the Silver Bay Kennel Club show in San Diego where she received Winner's Bitch and a Major!