Showing dogs is a great sport where the thrill of competition is combined with the joy of seeing beautiful dogs. Dog shows (conformation events) are intended to evaluate breeding stock. The size of these events ranges from large all-breed shows, with over 3,000 dogs entered, to small local specialty club shows, featuring a specific breed. The dog's conformation (overall appearance and structure), an indication of the dog's ability to produce quality puppies, is judged.
(courtesy of AKC Conformation)
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Sheila Beutler has taught and competed in conformation for many years with Bedlington Terriers and Golden Retrievers. Sheila is also involved in a wide variety of other dog activities and dog sports and breeds Bedlington Terriers.
Diane Gaw has been teaching classes for the kennel club for 20 years. She has taught puppy, beginning and advanced obedience classes as well as conformation. Diane enjoys teaching the area 4-H kids and their dogs in obedience and showmanship, preparing them for the county fair. Currently, Diane competes in conformation shows with her poodles and enjoys training in agility and obedience.