Evergreen Kennel Club Dog Show! September 7-9, Island Grove Park in Greeley, Colorado!
Supported show and Floating Specialty – September 7, 8, and 9. Click here for details:http://www.akc.org/club_search/index_master.cfm?club_id=960.
Come one, come all and help us celebrate and play at the supported BTCA shows.
It’s almost SHOWTIME!!!
Friday, we are in Ring 4 at 10:30
Saturday, we are in Ring 5 at 11:35 (with lunch and raffle to follow) and
Sunday in Ring 6 at 12:25.
Admission is FREE, parking is free, and the shopping is Great! Stop by the DoggiePro booth for great bull terrier items.
Island Grove Regional Park – North 11th Avenue & D Street. See you there!
Great judges, great prizes and lots of fun!!!
Friday, Victoria Corse is judging the supported show.
Saturday, Lynne Myall is judging at the last BTCA Floating Specialty.
Jacquie Smith is judging Sweepstakes
Sunday, David Alexander is judging our supported event.
Plans include meeting at Coyote’s Southwestern Grill after the show, http://coyotesgreeley.com. Lunch, hosted by the Mile High Bull Terrier Club, will be served after ring time, with a raffle and a silent auction.
Please come and join us, making this our most supported show ever!
Superintendent is Onofrio. www.onofrio.com Entries close on August 22nd. Hurry!
Dog shows, or “conformation” events, are primarily held through the American Kennel Club. Shows concentrate on the distinctive features of purebred dogs and help to preserve these characteristics by providing a forum at which to evaluate breeding stock.
Dogs are judged against individual breed standards, which have been established for the AKC-recognized breeds by their parent clubs. These written standards describe the ideal size, color, and temperament of each breed, as well as correct proportion, structure, and movement. Only dogs registered with the AKC are eligible to participate. Judges are individuals that have studied purebred dogs and have met the criteria set by the AKC to select the best specimens of the individual dog breeds. To become a champion, an individual dog must compete against other dogs of its own breed and collect points for wins based on the number of dogs defeated. A champion must obtain points on at least 3 separate shows where a substantial number of other dogs of its own breed are participating.
Most breeders work carefully to select dogs to meet the written standard with health and good temperament in mind. It can be a difficult task to produce a dog that has all of the right features to become a champion show dog. Judges often have particular features that they reward while another judge may have different preferences.
While show dogs will do best with some training, the behavior of the dog does not always determine the winner in conformation events. A dog should be well mannered and controllable around other dogs, walk well on a leash and stand still while someone physically touches or examines it. A well seasoned show dog will know what is expected of it, cooperate with the judge and handler and strut its stuff to show off to the judge! With dogs being judged by their appearance, some owners have a hard time accepting that their beloved dog is not the top winner at a show. It takes time and patience and some luck have a champion.
Please do note that while any AKC registered dog may be qualified to participate in a dog show, unless your dog is from a quality blood line, it will not hold up to the written standard. Dogs purchased from pet shops, wholesale breeders or puppy mills are bred for profit, not quality and will not hold the breed characteristics needed to successfully compete at dog shows. Two AKC parents do not make an AKC champion. They do make money and this can be the only purpose they were bred for. Please consider carefully where you purchase a purebred puppy. Even if you do not wish to participate in dog shows, you will have a happy and healthier pet.
Please note, each year the MHBTC hosts a specialty dog show, in which the judges have been carefully selected for their knowledge of bull terriers. Breeder judges are individuals who are not only qualified by the AKC to judge dogs, they also breed that particular breed of dog, thus giving them an in-depth knowledge of the breed. Additionally, the BTCA provides breeder judges with the ability to give “special” points towards a specific type of championship available only to bull terriers. The Recognition of Merit (ROM) championship is highly prized by bull terrier breeders, and this is the one show in Colorado each year where we expect breeders from throughout the country to travel to participate. This is the best opportunity for people to see the highest number of bull terriers at any show in the state. This year, the show will be held September 10-12, 2010 with the Evergreen Kennel Club show in Greeley. More details will be available on the events & news link.
Performance Dog Shows
Performance events are competitions for dogs that have been trained to perform certain commands or tasks. This can be a challenge for any dog and owner team, and is a particular challenge for the bull terrier. Bullies are intelligent dogs, they just do not always wish to participate in the same activity as their owner at any given time! Dogs are judged by their behavior and not by their looks, so most any dog can participate.
Perhaps the best place to start for any bully and their owner. Owners are allowed to talk to their dogs throughout the competition, and in novice or beginner classes, your dog stays on a leash throughout the exercise. The dog and handler team perform a series of tasks laid out in a course set by the judge. The tasks can be as simple as sit or down, turns, and changes of pace or as complex as changing positions, returning to heel position or repeating a command position in quick succession. If you are interested in competition with your bully, this is an excellent place to start!
Agility is a fun and fast-paced sport for bullies and their owners. Dogs love the active pace and climbing, jumping and running through tunnels. Some control is required and the dog will be off lead, so basic training is needed before you get started.
A much more strict working relationship is needed to succeed in regular obedience competition. It can be a wonderful thing to work so well with your dog. Please see the AKC regulations for this area of showing.
Please go to www.akc.org for more information and regulations for dog shows.