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​Beginner Guide to All-Breed Dog Shows

For those NEW to the sport of dogs and wish to show their dog(s), which  are registered with the American Kennel Club (AKC), following is a brief summary. 

Q: Who collects dog entries? 
A:  Each club contracts with either an AKC approved Superintendent or Event Secretary who handle pre-entries. 

Q:  What do I need to know about entering my dog in the show?
A:  Each AKC club prepares a “Premium List” outlining among other information, judging classes, name of judges, and an entry form at the end. Entries can be done via US Mail OR in some cases, online at

Q: Is there an entry deadline?
A:  Yes, please see Premium List for details.


Q:  How do I know when my breed is scheduled to be judged on the day?
A:  Once entries close and information is processed, we will post a judging schedule around May 30.

Q:  Are there other activities for dogs who may or may not be a recognized AKC breed.
A:  Yes, the Doggie Fun Zone and Rookie Agility (no pre-registration),  a Barn Hunt exercise, and with certain restrictions including being pre-registered competition in Obedience and Rally Obedience.

Q:  How can I learn more about dog shows.
A:  Go to the American Kennel Club,