Shows and Events
Shows and Events
What Is A Dog Show?
There are many types of “shows” or contests that dogs can enter. There are action events, such as obedience, agility, rally, herding and many others that showcase a dog’s physical abilities and natural instincts, both in partnership with a human handler or independently. There are many clubs that hold training classes and host shows for these activities. Dogs of any breed can participate in most activities and earn titles, whether they are AKC registered or not!
Then there are conformation shows which have to do with conforming (or matching up) to the written breed standard (the blueprint as determined by each breed’s parent club - in the case of Boxers, the parent club is the American Boxer Club). Breed Standards explain exactly how a perfect specimen of each breed should look and how they should act. You can read the Boxer’s written breed standard here.
While a dog show may look like a beauty pageant, this is far from the truth. Conformation shows are a means of measuring each dog against their breed standard (not each other) with the idea being that the closer an individual dog’s appearance is to the breed’s standard, the better that dog’s ability will be to produce puppies that will also meet the breed standard. Anyone interested in Boxers want a dog that looks and acts like a BOXER!
Since conformation dog shows intent is to judge breeding stock, spayed/neutered purebreds and mixed breed dogs are ineligible to compete (though there are loads of other events such dogs do excel - see above).
As one of the most popular AKC events, conformation events range from large all breed shows with over 3,000 dogs of every breed entered, to smaller specialty club shows featuring only one breed (or group - such as the Northstar Working Group specialty).
One of the main events held by the Minnesota Boxer Club is their annual specialty show - a conformation (with obedience) show featuring only Boxers.
Each year, the MNBC holds their specialty show, generally held every year in June. For 2019, we are excited to be part of the Summer Solstice cluster! Click HERE for details on our upcoming 2019 shows. Watch here for photos and info on our previous specialities to be added soon!
Each year, the MNBC holds their specialty show, generally held every year in June. For 2019, we are excited to be part of the Summer Solstice cluster!
Click HERE for details on our upcoming 2019 shows.
Watch here for photos and info on our previous specialities to be added soon!