Dog Shows, or Conformation Shows, are where pure bred dogs are judged by specialist trained judges against the specific ANKC breed standard. All breeds have a detailed Breed Standard document which describes the dog’s appearance, characteristics, temperament, movement/gait and physical structure. Dogs compete for titles such as best of breed, best in group and the ultimate award of Best in Show. For a full list of Breed Standards, visit the ANKC website.
The Club runs a number of Conformation Shows through the year and is also the venue for the Mareeba and District, Innisfail, and Atherton Tablelands Kennel Clubs’ shows.
If you are considering buying a puppy, visiting a dog show is a great way to learn about different breeds and also meet experienced handlers and breeders.
Only dogs on the Main Register with Dogs Queensland can compete in a Dog Show. If you are unsure if your dog is eligible to compete, check with your breeder, one of the Club members or Dogs Queensland. There is also a special class for neutered/desexed dogs.
Dog Show Setup and Camping
All shows held at the grounds operate under the same rules and requirements for ring layout, location of gazebos, parking and camping. Go to Dog Show Exhibitor Information for details.
Dog Show Updates
- Refer to Dogs Queensland Rules regarding the conduct of Dog Shows.
- Schedules for upcoming shows can be downloaded from the Dogs Queensland website.
- For information about Dog Shows, contact the Show Secretary.
Show Handling Classes
The Club runs a Show Handling class every Monday evening from 7:30pm. During the class handlers will learn how to present their dog in the show rings including stacking and moving and how to interact with the judge. Go to Show Handling Classes for more information.
Updates on Show Handling classes are posted on the Club’s Facebook page.