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Glossary of Dog Show Terms – B

Glossary of Dog Show Terms:


Bait: The food or object the handler or exhibitor uses to focus the dog’s attention or to have it look alert in the ring.

Bench show: A dog show at which the dogs are kept on assigned benches when not being shown in competition so that interested people can view and learn more about them.

Best in Show: At an all-breed show, the only dog left undefeated at the end of all judging on that day.

Best of Breed: Dog selected by the judge as the best representative of a particular breed on that day.

Best of Opposite Sex: The best dog that is of the opposite sex to the Best of Breed winner.

Best of Variety: At an All-Breed show, the award that is given in lieu of Best of Breed for those breeds divided by varieties. At specialty shows, the Best of Variety winners are judged in the Best of Breed competition. There are nine breeds that are divided into varieties: Cockers, Beagles, Collies, Dachshunds, Bull Terriers, Manchester Terriers, Chihuahuas, English Toy Spaniels, and Poodles.

Best of Winners: The dog judged as best between the Winners Dog and Winners Bitch.

Bred-by-Exhibitor Class: A regular class for dogs that are:
• Six months of age or older as of the first day of the show;
• Not Champions of record on the date of closing of entries for the show;
• Individually registered with the American Kennel Club as of the date of closing of entries for the show;
• Owned or co-owned by any of the breeders of record as of the date of the closing of entries for the show. The person handling the dog in this class must be a breeder of record and an owner of record of this dog.

Breed Standards: The set of breed descriptions originally laid down by the various parent breed clubs and accepted officially by international bodies.

Breeder: A person who breeds dogs. Under AKC rules, the breeder is the owner or the lessee of the dam on the date of mating that produced a litter.

Breeder-Owner-Handler: Someone who exhibits, owns, and handles the dog they bred.