A. To be judged on – Does the dog and handler appear to work as a team? 1) Presentation of breed being shown a. Does the dog and handler appear to work as a team? b. Is the dog under the handler’s control? c. Is the dog moving correctly and safely around the ring? d. Is the dog being presented with minimal effort? e. Is the dog presented in such a way that its faults are minimized? 2) Skill in individual dog presentation a. Is the dog presented in a way where its faults are minimized? b. Is the dog interested in the handler and does it appears at ease? c. Is the dog responsive and attentive to handler? d. Is the dog presented with minimal effort? 3) Knowledge of Ring Procedure a. Does the handler keep a distance between dogs to avoid crowding? b. Does the handler follow directions? c. Can the handler execute a pattern if asked? B. Is the handler knowledgeable and competent in basic care, anatomy, breed standards and handling of dogs: – Things they should know and parents should teach at home 1) Does the handler know names of basic parts of a dog? (see diagram) a. Hock b. Elbow c. Stifle d. Croup e. Muzzle and flew f. Withers g. Tail h. Shoulder i. Forearm j. Hip k. Back l. Occiput (poll) m. Top skull n. Crest (of neck) o. Underjaw p. Forechest 2) Can the handler answer basic questions about dog care? a. How does your dog cool himself off? (panting) b. What type of food does your dog eat? c. What type of insect can give a dog heartworms? (mosquitoes) d. How can your veterinarian check your dog for worms? (Check his fecal matter) e. What types of foods are bad for dogs? (Some milk products, cooked meat, raisins, grapes) f. How old is your dog? 3) Does handler know the Breed Standard? – Questions like: a. What is angulation? b. What are faults in an American Bully? – Kinked tail
Twisted tail
Knotted tail
Long tail
Curled tail
Overly Short tail
Pink or Albino eyes
Undershot mouth
Overshot mouth
Severe turn fronts
Severe turn to rears
cryptorchidism-undesended testicle 4) What are disqualifications? – Displaying or possessing aggressive behavior towards humans C. Appearance and conduct of dog and handler 1. Grooming and trimming; has effort been made to make the dog look clean and presentable? 2. Is the handler clean and properly dressed? Clothing should be neat and comfortable; no tank tops, shirts with writing, baggy pants or inappropriate footwear. 3. Is the handler prepared and confident? 4. Is the handler educated? D. Good sportsmanship in and out of the ring should be emphasized at all times. Handlers to be penalized for: 1. Excessive crowding of dogs 2. Dropping/tossing bait in the ring 3. Talking to other handlers in the ring (talking to dog or judge is acceptable) 4. Not being congratulatory to winners in each class


A. Dogs and handlers enter in a counter-clockwise direction with dogs at left side. B. Each dog is presented to judge in a stacked position C. Handler shows judge the dog’s bite (may be omitted in Half-Pint and Limited classes) D. Move/gait the dog with the class and by itself in a pattern (down and back, left turn, right turn, about face or combination) E. Answer a question from any of the above sections.


Any junior that is seen abusing their dog or, using excessive force or acting in an unsafe manner shall be asked to leave the ring.

If any handler that is found to be under a controlled substance they will be asked to leave the ring having their awards revoked and will be asked to leave the show ring grounds, by the judges’ or show hosts’ discretion Competing dogs may be asked to leave if aggressiveness towards any other dog or human is evident.


At the end of the year, at Nationals, an award and/or scholarship will be presented to the Junior Handler with the highest points overall at the end of each year.


Novice and Open Showmanship, all ages:

POINTS: 1st Place – 15 Points 2nd Place – 10 Points 3rd Place – 5 Points Best Junior Handler (With Competition) – 25 Points Best Junior Handler (Without Competition) – 10 Points