Junior Showmanship

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What is junior showmanship?
Junior Showmanship is completely different from Conformation in that the Judge actually judges the handler and not the dog. Juniors are essential to responsible dog ownership and the future of dog sports. They become more valuable with the amount of education and training they receive. The responsibility, values, and perspectives acquired through Junior Showmanship will serve children well during their lives.

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Video of the Eukanuba AKC Junior Showmanship Finals

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What dog breeds are eligible to show?
To register your dog in a Junior Showmanship Class, he must qualify for entry in an AKC Obedience Trial or Conformation Show. This covers dogs with Purebred Alternative Listings (PAL), Miscellaneous Breed, or Limited Registration status.

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Who can participate?
Junior Showmanship classes welcome girls and boys who are nine to 18 years old on the day of the show. Participants entering a Junior Showmanship class must possess an active AKC Junior Showmanship Handler Number.

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In which class will I be competing?
The Novice class provides an opportunity for children who are beginners to develop confidence and earn experience separate from the more established kids. Open classes are for those youngsters who have won three or more first-place wins.

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How do I register with the AKC Junior Organization?
Everyone with a Junior Showmanship number is entered in the AKC National Junior Organization automatically.

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How do I learn to show my dog?
You can learn how to show your dog by attending a breed-specific handling class presented by your local breed's kennel club. You can also watch experienced handlers and breeders show your breed at a show, or ask a professional handler who shows your breed for pointers or tips.

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How do I get started?
The ideal method for young children to get started in junior handling is to see Junior Showmanship classes at a conformation show. Additionally, many clubs provide weekly handling sessions. These classes are led in a relaxed, informal atmosphere and offer both the dog and junior handler a chance to practice in an environment comparable to an actual show.
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