Conformation shows, also referred to as breed shows, are shows in which a judge familiar with a specific dog breed evaluates individual purebred dogs for how well the dogs conform to the established breed type for their breed, as described in a breed’s individual breed standard. Dogs compete for points toward their championship title.
A conformation dog show is not a comparison of one dog to another but should be a comparison of each dog to a judge’s mental image of the ideal breed type as outlined in the individual breed’s breed standard. Dog show judges attempt to identify dogs who epitomize the published standards for each breed.
For information on AKC shows visit https://www.akc.org/dog_shows_trials/conformation/index.cfm
For United Kennel Club information visit http://www.ukcdogs.com/Web.nsf/WebPages/DogEvents/Conformation
For International All Breed Canine Association information visit http://www.iabca.com/showinfo.html