Dog show information

Classes

  • Puppy Class: 7 – under 9 months
  • Junior Class: 9 – under 18 months
  • Intermediate Class: 15 – under 24 months
  • Open Class: from 15 months
  • Working Class: from 15 months (a proof of entitlement must be enclosed with the entry form, WCC)
  • Champion Class: from 15 months (a proof of entitlement must be enclosed with the entry form)
  • Veteran Class: from 8 years
  • Breeders Class: for groups of four dogs of the same breed and variety, bred by the same breeder, minimum of two different combinations.

Please note, that the age is calculated to the previous day to the opening of the show.

Puppy class (PEN): Unofficial class, no grading, placing from 1 to 4, honorary prize may be given, the best dog puppy and bitch puppy with honorary prize compete for the Best Puppy of the Breed.

Junior class (JUN): 9 – under 18 months, do not compete for CACIB, but compete for CAC and BOB.

Intermediate class (NUO): 15 – under 24 months, compete for CAC, CACIB and BOB.

Open class (AVO): 15 months onwards, compete for CAC, CACIB and BOB.

Working class (KÄY): 15 months onwards, a Working Class Certificate must be enclosed with the entry form. If the certificate is missing, the dog will be automatically entered in “Open Class”. Compete for CAC, CACIB and BOB.

Champion Class (VAL): 15 months onwards, for International or National Champions, a copy of this certificate must be enclosed with the entry form. If the certificate is missing, the dog will be automatically entered in “Open Class”.
Compete for CAC (if not already Finnish Champion / merits for the Finnish Champion title), CACIB and BOB.

Veteran Class (VET): 8 years onwards, do not compete for CACIB but compete for CAC and BOB. The best veteran dog and bitch awarded “excellent” will compete for the Best Veteran of the Breed.

Best Dog / Best Bitch competition: The placed (1-4) dogs in the junior, intermediate, open, champion, working and veteran with “excellent” may participate. The four best dogs/bitches are placed. CAC/CC can only be given to junior or intermediate class dogs that have received the qualification “excellent” and been placed in the junior or intermediate class, OR to open, working or veteran class dogs that have received the qualification “excellent” and been placed in the respective classes but do not yet have the merits for the champion title. The reserve-CAC/CC can be given to the second best dog (with “excellent”) that does not yet have the merits for the champion title. CACIB and reserve CACIB is similar to CAC/CC competition, junior or veteran class dogs can’t compete for the CACIB/reserve-CACIB, no other restrictions Best of Breed (BOB). The Best of Breed is chosen After the Best Dog/Best Bitch competition; only the best dog and the best bitch may participate.

Breeders’ group (KAS): For groups of four dogs of the same breed and variety, bred by the same breeder, minimum of two different combinations. Dogs have to be graded “excellent” or “very good” at the show. In each breed four best groups will be placed in order of merit and the best group with honorary prize will compete for the Best Group of the Day.

Gradings

The following gradings are to be awarded:

  • Excellent (ERI) – pink ribbon
  • Very Good (EH) – red ribbon
  • Good (H)- blue ribbon
  • Sufficient (T) – yellow ribbon
  • Disqualified (HYL) – grey ribbon
  • Cannot be judged (EVA) – brown ribbon

Placing: The four best dogs of each class will be placed if graded at least “very good”. Only the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th places will be awarded.

Best in Group (BIG): The Best of Breed will take part in the Group Competitions in separate FCI groups. Four dogs will be placed.

Best in Show (BIS): All the Group Winners will take part in Best in Show. Four dogs will be placed.

Breeders’ Group: All the Best Breeders Groups of the Breed will compete together on the respective day. Four groups will be placed.

Best in Show Veteran: All the Best Veterans of the Breed will compete together on the respective day. Four veterans will be placed.

Quality levels

Excellent: Can be given to a dog that is very close to the ideal presented in the breed standard. The dog should be shown in excellent condition with a sound and balanced character. It must be a high class individual with an excellent appearance. There should be minimal faults in appearance and it should have gender-typical characteristics.

Very good: Can be give to a dog with the typical features of the breed, has a balanced structure, and is shown in good condition. Some slight faults can be allowed if they are not structural. This quality level can only be given to a dog of high level.

Good: Given to a dog that is typical for its breed, but has clear faults.

Sufficient: Should be given to a dog recognizable in the breed but doesn’t have the generally approved breed characteristics.

Disqualified: Should be given to a dog that doesn’t fulfill the structural or behavioral requirements of the breed standard; is clearly angry; has a missing testicle, teeth; abnormality in the bite or jaws; has lacking coloration or fur; or shows clear signs of albinism. It can also be given to a dog that has so few breed characteristics that it doesn’t appear healthy. It can also be given to a dog that has disqualifying faults according to the breed standard.

Cannot be judged: Is given to a dog that does not move, continuously jumps around its handler, or tries to get out of the ring; whose movements are impossible to judge; continuously avoids the judges handling and makes examining bite, teeth, build, tail, or testicles; if signs are visible of procedures or treatment leading to deception; or if the judge has reasong to suspect that a fault (eyelids, ears, tail) has been corrected. The reasong why the dog can not be judged must be marked.

Quality levels translated from the dog show rules by Ramin Miraftabi