Showing dogs is a great sport where the thrill of competition is combined with the joy of seeing beautiful dogs. Dog shows attract many people, both spectators and fanciers alike.  Due to their flamboyance and grace, Beardies attract a lot of attention.  Dog shows (conformation events) are intended to evaluate breeding stock. The size of these events ranges from large all-breed shows, with over 3,000 dogs entered, to small local specialty club shows, featuring a specific breed. The dog’s conformation (overall appearance and structure), an indication of the dog’s ability to produce quality puppies, is judged.

A conformation dog show is not a comparison of one dog to another but 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. Click here to view the Bearded Collie Breed Standard.  Dog show judges attempt to identify dogs who epitomize the published standards for each breed. This can be challenging, because some judgments must necessarily be subjective. As an example, what exactly entails a “full coat” or a “cheerful attitude”, descriptions found in breed standards, can only be learned through experience with the breed that has that particular requirement.

More Information and resources on Conformation can be found at the Bearded Collie Club of America’s website. Clicking on the following link will take you to the Conformation page on that site.

Another excellent resource for information on dog shows, specific events and how to get started exhibiting dogs in conformation is the American Kennel Club.  Want to get started in AKC Dog Sows?  Check out this article.  A great resource for beginning dog show enthusiasts is A Beginners Guide to Dog Shows and can be purchased from the AKC store.


For more information about local dog shows, check out the following:

Baray Events Services, Inc.

Jack Onofrio Dog Shows:

MB-F and Info Dog: