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est. in 2011
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United Kennel Club, UKC (USA)
The United Kennel Club is the second
oldest and second largest all-breed dog registry in the United States.
Founded in 1898 by
Chauncey Z. Bennett, the registry has always supported the idea of the "total
dog", meaning a dog that looks and performs equally well.
UKC dog shows may be held for one
breed, several breeds or all breeds, depending on the experience of the club in managing
such events. Because of the U.K.C.'s strong commitment to promoting
breeder/owner-handling, professional handling is not allowed at U.K.C. conformation
events. Showing in UKC is also done without the use of any bait or with only very limited
use of food or small toys at the judge's discretion.
To earn a UKC Champion title, a dog
1.Earn a minimum of 100 championship points,
2.Earn points under at least three different UKC-licensed Judges, and
3.Win three Best Male/Female (or higher) classes with competition at three different shows
under three different UKC-licensed Judges
(Championship competition is defined as more than one male/female entered and shown in any one of the regular classes).
Licensed Conformation classes consist of:
A. Regular Classes. Classes for intact dogs: Puppy (6 mos., under 1 yr.); Junior (1 yr., under 2 yrs.); Intermediate (Senior)
(2yrs., under 3 yrs.); Adult (3 yrs. And up); Breeder/Handler (6 mos. and up, handled by breeder or member of breederâ€™s
family); Champion; and Grand Champion.
B. Altered Classes. Classes for altered dogs. Altered Puppy (6 mos., under 1 yr.); Altered Junior (1 yr., under 2 yrs.);
Altered Intermediate (Senior) (2yrs., under 3 yrs.); Altered Adult (3 yrs. And up); Altered Breeder/Handler (6 mos. and up,
by breeder or member of breeder's family); Altered Champion; and Altered Grand Champion.
C. Junior Showmanship Classes. Consist of: Pee Wee (over 2 yrs., under 4 yrs.); Sub-Junior (4 yrs., under 8 yrs.); Novice
Junior, Open Junior (8 yrs., under 13 yrs.); Novice Senior, Open Senior (13 yrs., under 18 yrs.)
Championship points are
awarded in accordance with the Point Schedule for breeds without varieties.
Point Schedule for Regular and Alter Classes
1st place in Regular Class - .............................................................10 pts
Best Male - ......................................................................................15 pts
Reserve Best Male - ............................................................................0 pts
Best Female - ...................................................................................15 pts
Reserve Best Female - .........................................................................0 pts
Best of Winners - ..............................................................................10 pts
*** 35 points is the maximum points that a dog may earn per show
Best Of Breed: No additional points are awarded, but a
Best Male/Best Female who has no competition of the same or opposite sex in the regular
classes may still earn a win with competition by defeating a Champion or Grand Champion of
either sex for Best of Breed.
** Top Ten points are automatically awarded to each Best of Breed winner that won with competition at breed level **
No Competition at "Breed" level
You will receive 10 points for a First Place in your class and 15 points for Best Male/Female.
You may also take a Best of Breed ribbon. This entitles you to go on to Group competition.
No Competition at "Breed" or "Group" Level
If you place in 1-4th in Group (4th place gets competition win, only if there are 5 or more breeds entered) you will have a competition win.
That competition win and the 25 points now count towards your dog's championship, even though your dog was the only one
of its breed competing at that show.
Reserve and Best in Show
A dog that has no competition in either it's Breed Classes or the Group can still take a competition win
by going Best In Show or Reserve Best In Show, if there is competition at that level.
Group Wins at all-breed shows will also award
competition points to a Best Male/Female with no competition in its breed, but a
Group 4 winner is only awarded competition points if more than five breeds are being shown
Best in Multi-Breed Show or Best in Show
competition is offered, a Best Male/Best Female with no competition in its breed may still
earn a win with competition by winning Best in Multi-breed Show, Reserve Best in
Multi-breed Show, Best in Show or Reserve Best in Show.
The UKC Grand Champion Title
To achieve a Grand Championship Title
1. A dog must be a UKC Champion
2. Win five Champion classes with competition at five different shows, under at least three different UKC-licensed Judges.
(Competition is defined as at least three dogs correctly entered and shown in the Champion class)
3. A Champion dog may earn a competition win towards its GRCH title if it wins BOB over a Grand Champion
and the total number of dogs entered in the both the Champion class and the Grand Champion class
meets or exceeds the minimum 3 dog requirement.
UKC Matches or Fun Matches are informal events held by
local clubs as a way to expose young or inexperienced dogs to showing. Matches are also
used as preparation for the club to hold a Specialty or Multi-breed show. No championship
points are awarded at UKC Matches.
Non-licensed Conformation Classes
(Optional for Clubs to hold)
1. Novice Puppy Classes
All Puppy classes shall be divided individually by breed and by
An individual judge's book shall be prepared
for each breed, consisting of the following
a. Novice Male and Novice Female Classes
For intact dogs 3 months of age and under 6 months of age
that are permanently registered with UKC as of the day of the show
or that have a valid Temporary Listing (TL) number
as of the day of the show, or that are not yet
permanently registered but that are from litters
registered with UKC as of the day of the show.
The Judge shall give up to four placements,
where possible, in these classes.
b. Best of Breed Novice Puppy. This
class shall consist of the winners of the Novice
Male class and the Novice Female class. The
judge shall select a single winner in this class.
2. Stud Dog and Brood Bitch Classes.
Classes shall be divided by breed and judged
separately by sex. These classes shall be judged
on the quality of the progeny and not the individual
stud dogs and brood bitches. Stud dogs and
brood bitches must be permanently registered
with UKC as of the day of the show to be eligible
for this class. Progeny may compete if they are
permanently registered with UKC, are out of UKC
Registered litters, or have a valid Temporary
Listing number on the day of the show. Spayed
bitches and neutered dogs are eligible to compete
in these classes but not as progeny. The
Judge shall give up to four placements, where
possible, in these classes. Only the exhibitors of
the stud dogs and brood bitches are required to
wear armbands in these classes.
a. Stud Dog. Each entry in this class shall
consist of a stud dog and at least two but not
more than four dogs sired by that dog. The
progeny must be at least three months of age
and may include both sexes. At least two of
the progeny must be entered in the licensed
classes. Stud dogs entered in this class may
not be counted as progeny for their sires in
the same class. Entries shall be made in the
name of the stud dog.
b. Brood Bitch. Each entry in this class
shall consist of a brood bitch and at least two
but not more than four dogs produced by that
bitch. The progeny must be at least three
months of age and may include both sexes. At
least two of the progeny must be entered in
the licensed classes. Brood bitches entered in
this class may not be counted as progeny for
their dams in the same class. Entries shall be
made in the name of the brood bitch.
3. MISCELLANEOUS CLASSES
These classes shall be divided by breed.
a. Brace Class
Each entry in this class consists of two dogs of the same breed handled
by a single handler.
This class shall be judged on the basis of the overall quality of the
entry and the similarity of the two dogs in type,
size, and markings. The purpose of this class
is to reward high quality within consistent type.
The Judge shall give up to four placements,
where possible, in this class. Dogs must be six
months of age or older, intact and permanently
registered with UKC or have a valid
Temporary Listing number on the day of the
show in order to be eligible for this class.
b. Veteran Class
This class consists of dogs seven years of age, or older and shall be
divided by sex. The purpose of this class is to
reward dogs that maintain good breed type
and good condition as they age, and to give
other breeders an opportunity to see the top
dogs of the past. The Judge shall give up to
four placements, where possible, in this class.
The Best Veteran Male shall compete with the
Best Veteran Female for Best Veteran of Breed.
Dogs must be permanently registered with
UKC or have a valid Temporary Listing number
on the day of the show in order to be eligible
for this class. Spayed and neutered dogs are
eligible for this class.
UKC Conformation Rule Book
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PREPARATION AND PRESENTATION OF THE SHOW DOG DVD
by Jeffrey Brucker
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