Scan_Doc0008The most beautiful, poised and well trained dogs will compete for top honors in four all breed shows at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center in Biloxi. Starting on Thursday, May 30th through Sunday, June 2nd. Judging begins at 8:30 A.M each day and end at 5:00 P.M. All breeds of every shape and size will be on display and you won’t want to miss it! The event is presented free of charge and everyone is welcome to enjoy the competition each day.
The All Breed and Group Conformation Dog Show is made possible by the Riverside West Kennel Club of Greater New Orleans, Inc. which began in 1978. The club held its first conformation show in 1985. Since then, twice a year at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center, the RWKC hosts an All Breed show in South Mississippi. The exhibitors who attend the event come from all over the United States and abroad. The American Kennel Club (AKC) was established in 1884 to promote the study, breeding, exhibiting, and advancement of purebred dogs. It is the largest not-for-profit purebred dog registry in the nation. The all breed shows are competitions for over 150 breeds and varieties of dogs recognized by the AKC.
To be eligible to compete, a dog must be registered with the American Kennel Club. It must be 6 months of age or older, and meet the eligibility requirements in the written standard for its breed. A dog may not be spayed or neutered because the purpose of the dog show is to evaluate breeding stock. Each dog is presented to the judge by its owner, breeder or a hired professional. The AKC has a standard for each breed and they are judged under very strict guidelines. They compete for points toward their AKC championships. The number of championship points awarded at a show depends on the number of males and females actually in competition. The larger the entry, the greater number of points a male or female can win. The maximum number for any show is 5 points.
The judges are experts. They examine each dog with their hands to see if the teeth, muscles, bones and coat texture conform to the breed’s standard. They also view the profile of each dog and check the balance and gait as they move. There are seven groups in All-Breed Shows: Sporting, Hounds, Working, Terrier, Toy, Non-Sporting, and Herding. Ribbons are awarded to the winning dogs and the color of the ribbon indicates the type of award the animal has won. Blue is for first place, Red for second place and Yellow for third. Purple and Gold is the ribbon award for Best of Breed. The ultimate award is for the Best in Show which is Red, White and Blue.

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