Now we come to the part of Dog Shows that confuses most people. The BEST OF BREED winner now competes
againt the other B.O.B. winners in their GROUP.
In AKC shows, this is an option....in CKC it IS Mandatory!
Each breed is in one of SEVEN Groups. Here is a reminder of those Groups:
1) SPORTING(Gundog)-made up of Spaniels, Seters, Retrievers and Pointers.
2) HOUNDS-Includes Beagles, Greyhounds, Dachshunds, etc.
3)WORKING-Includes Dobermans, Boxers, Newfoundlands, Mastiff, etc.
4)TERRIERS-Includes Bull Terriers, Fox Terriers, Miniature Schnauzers, etc.
5) TOYS-Pets such as Pekingese, Pug, Yorkshire Terrier. etc.
6) NON-SPORTING- A mixture: Poodles, Chows, Bichon Frise, etc.
7) HERDING- Collies, Shelties, Australian Cattle Dogs, etc.
In the USA, Group Judging usually is done by a judge that did not examine these breeds individually. In Canada, usually
the same judge that did each breed does Group.
Judging is the SAME as in the Breed level. The judge examines EACH dog and compares it to the standard for THAT breed.
The judge then determines which dog COMES CLOSEST TO THE BREED STANDARD in his/her opinion. Then the judge
awards a First to Fourth placing to the four dogs that come closest ot the standards they represent.
This procedure is repeated for all seven Groups until there is a First place in each Group. The First place winners then
compete for the BEST IN SHOW or B.I.S. award.
Again like the breed and group level, at BEST IN SHOW the judge takes a more critical look and determines
which dog comes closest to the written breed standard. There is only ONE winner!
In Canada, we also offer a BEST PUPPY award. After the Group judging, all Best Puppy in Breed winners
for that Group compete for Best Puppy in Group or BPIG. And then like the BEST IN SHOW, all BPIG winners
compete for BEST PUPPY IN SHOW or BPIS. Please note that ALL puppy winners MUST compete
for BPIG and BPIS!
Another BIG difference in Canada is you can also be awarded Championship Points by placing in Group! With rarer breeds
such as Sussex Spaniels, English Foxhounds, etc. this can be the ONLY way to earn points.
L:ike the CKC Championship Point system, the points are based upon how many dogs competed at Group level and where you
placed in the Group.
For a complete breakdown please visit the CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS-CKC page in this section.