The Vizsla Newzsletter (Apr/ May 1998)
By Jenny Peacocke
(c) Copyright 1998
Photo: Flame and Jenny at TokoroaBreed showing in New Zealand is basically an amateur 'sport'. Unlike many other countries, professional handling is a rarity and most owners handle their own dogs. Costs are also still in the range that most people can afford with entries to championship level shows being in the $9 per dog per show range at the time of writing this article (August 1998).
We have seven groups of dogs in the New Zealand showing area. They are:
Within each group are the individual breeds and then each breed is divided into different classes. The most usual of these classes are listed below alongside their class numbers:
3 (3a) Puppy Dog (Puppy Bitch) - Aged from 6 months to 1 year.
5 (5a) Junior Dog (Junior Bitch) - Aged from 1 year to 2 years
6 (6a) Intermediate Dog (Intermediate Bitch) - Aged from 2 years to 3 years
8 (8a) NZ Bred Dog (NZ Bred Bitch) - Any age bit MUST be born in New Zealand
11 (11a) Open Dog (Open Bitch) -
Normally 3 years upwards but can accept entries from any age
Achievements.At present there are two recognised achievements in conformation showing - Champion and Grand Champion.
To become a Champion a dog must be awarded 8 Challenge Certificates from at least 5 different judges. At least one of these Challenge Certificates must have been awarded after the dog is out of puppy class. Challenge Certificates can be awarded to the Best Bitch and the Best Dog of each breed at a Championship level show PROVIDED that the judge also thinks that the dog or bitch is of Championship quality. Challenge Certificates can often be withheld because the judge thinks that, while it may be the best dog or bitch, it is still not of championship quality on the day.
To become a Grand Champion a dog must win at least 50 Challenge Certificates and win THREE Best in Shows at ALL BREED Championship shows under three DIFFERENT In Show judges.
Breed JudgingOrder of judging for the breeds is within the control of the individual club running the show so (for pre-entered shows) a reporting schedule is sent to all entrants about a week before the show letting them know this information. Within each individual breed, classes are always judged in the same order. Assuming the classes in the list above (if any extras are judged they are added in their numerical order - e.g. class 2 would be between 1 & 3, 2a between 1a & 3a), judging is always carried out as follows:
First dogs (males) are judged.
3 Puppy Dog
5 Junior Dog
6 Intermediate Dog
8 NZ Bred Dog
11 Open Dog
Then bitches are judged:
3a Puppy Bitch
5a Junior Bitch
6a Intermediate Bitch
8a NZ Bred Bitch
11a Open Bitch
Next the Best Dog and the Best Bitch compete for Best of Breed. Whichever one wins is then replaced by the reserve of that sex to compete for Reserve of Breed. Then the dog & bitch winners of each class compete for best of each class (e.g. Best Baby Puppy Dog against Best Baby Puppy Bitch for Best Baby Puppy of Breed).
The two exceptions to this are the classes that the Best of Breed and Reserve of Breed are from. Best of Breed (BOB) automatically wins it's class (e.g. if BOB was an Open Dog then it is, by default, Open of Breed). Reserve of breed also automatically wins its class UNLESS it is from the same class at the Best of Breed.
Group JudgingAfter all the breeds in a group have been judged, group judging is carried out. All Best of Breed winners for the group are taken back into the ring in the order that they were judged at that show. From this lineup the judge picks their Best of Group. When Best of Group has been awarded the Reserve Dog of the winning breed is brought into the ring and the judge picks their Reserve of Group.
The Best of Group (BOG) also automatically wins it's class of group (for example if the BOG was from the open class it also automatically wins Open of Group). The Reserve of Group (ROG) also automatically wins its class of group UNLESS the Reserve is from the same class as the Best of Group.
Next the rest of the classes are decided excluding the ones that the BOG and ROG have already automatically won. So all the Baby Puppies of Breed will be taken into the ring for the judge to select their Baby Puppy of Group, etc. through all the classes.
"In Show" JudgingBest in show (BIS) is selected by bringing the seven Best of Group winners into the ring. The judge will make their selection for Best in Show from this lineup. After awarding Best in Show, the Reserve of Group from whichever group the BIS was from is brought into the ring with the remaining six dogs. This lineup is then used for the judge to pick their Reserve in Show.
As with Breed and Group, the Best in Show also automatically wins the Class in show (e.g. if the dog is open class and wins Best in Show it also wins Open in Show). The Reserve in Show also automatically wins it's class in show UNLESS it is from the same class as the Best in Show winner.
Then the In Show classes are judged by bringing in the winners from the groups - e.g. Baby Puppy In Show is selected from the winning Baby Puppy from each of the seven groups.
Show typesThere are three official levels of breed shows:
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