So you want to start showing your dog ….
Breed showing is governed by the New Zealand Kennel Club and because of this, any dog you wish to show must be registered with the NZKC. The only exception to this is showing your dog at a Ribbon Parade.
In New Zealand our dog breeds are separated into 7 different ‘Groups’:
Group 1: Toys
Group 2: Terriers
Group 3: Gundogs
Group 4: Hounds (the Rhodesian Ridgeback is a member of this group)
Group 5: Working
Group 6: Utility
Group 7: Non-Sporting
In all types of shows you will compete firstly, against other dogs of the same sex and in the same age class in your breed. Then the best exhibits of each age class for the breed will compete against all other breeds within that ‘Group’ The best exhibits in each of the 7 ‘Groups’ then compete against each other to determine the ‘Best in Show’ or in the case of Ribbon Parades the ‘Best on Parade’.
The age classes are set as follows …
Baby Puppy: 3 months to 6 months
Puppy: 6 months to 12 months
Junior: 1 year to 2 years
Intermediate: 2 years to 3 years
New Zealand Bred: > 6 months and born in NZ
Open: > 6 months of age
There are three separate levels of dog shows, the entry level show is known as a ‘Ribbon Parade’ (where dogs not registered with the NZKC may be shown). These Ribbon Parades are a great place to start showing your dog as the whole environment is less formal and more relaxed to the inexperienced owner. At a Ribbon Parade you are likely to see experienced owner / handlers showing their Baby Puppies and Puppies to gain experience for the dogs and inexperienced owner / handlers
showing older dogs to gain experience both for themselves and their dogs.
Ribbon Parades are also the first level of show where newly appointed judges can begin their judging career. Ribbons and / or Sashes will be awarded as prizes.
The second level is the ‘Open Show’ these shows are a little more structured and formal and are judged by judges who have obtained the necessary requirements and test results to be appointed to the ‘Open Show Judging Panel’. The main difference between Open Shows and the third level ‘Championship Shows’ is that the judge is unable to award a ‘Challenge Certificate’ to any dog at an ‘Open Show’. Small gifts and /or Ribbons (Sashes) will be awarded as prizes.
The third level is the ‘Championship Show’ and this is the most formal and structured type of show. Judges for these shows have progressed from ‘Open Show’ level and will have passed the appropriate ‘Group’ and are qualified to award Challenge Certificates to the Best Dog and the Best Bitch in each breed of that ‘Group’ (if they feel that the dog is a worthy specimen).
Generally all shows have the same breed classes. Each of these breed classes is split into Dogs and Bitches.
There are rules laid out by the New Zealand Kennel Club on the maximum number and what breed classes must be included in the various types of shows, but I will not go into those details here. For those interested the official ‘Show Regulations’ can be downloaded in pdf format from the NZKC web site.
Show Regulations link – http://www.nzkc.org.nz/rulesreg_pdfs/show_regs.pdf
When you arrive at the ring side for the judging of your breed (Rhodesian Ridgebacks) the first class to be judged will be the ‘Baby Puppy’ dogs followed in order by each of the other age classes for the ‘Dogs’. When all of the age classes for the ‘Dogs’ have been judged the best dog in each class will enter the ring and be judged for the ‘Best Dog’. When the judge has chosen the ‘Best Dog’ that dog will leave the ring. If there was a second placed ‘Dog’ in the same age class that the ‘Best Dog’ was entered in, this dog will now take its place and enter the ring. The judge will now pick from this line up the ‘Reserve Dog’. If the ‘Best Dog’ was the only dog in his age class then the ‘Reserve Dog’ will be picked from the dogs remaining in the line up.
This procedure is then repeated for the ‘Bitches’ determining the best bitch in each age class who then subsequently enter the ring together so that the ‘Best Bitch’ and ‘Reserve Bitch’ can be awarded.
The ‘Best Dog’ and ‘Best Bitch’ now enter the ring together to be judged for the ‘Best of Breed’. The dog which is awarded ‘Best of Breed’ leaves the ring and the ‘Reserve’ of that sex enters the ring for judging of ‘Reserve of Breed’ The ‘Best of
Breed’ and the ‘Reserve of Breed’ automatically win their appropriate age class.
Then, if there are both a ‘Dog’ and Bitch’ in an age class, these dogs are then judged for the ‘best’ of the age classes. If there is only one dog entered in an age class (regardless of whether it is a ‘Dog’ or ‘Bitch’) then this exhibit will win the age class automatically. This has now completed the ‘Breed’ showing for the breed and the next breed of
that Group follows.
If there have been dogs entered in all of the age classes we will have the following:
Best of Breed
Reserve of Breed
Baby Puppy of Breed
Puppy of Breed
Junior of Breed
Intermediate of Breed
New Zealand Bred of Breed
Open of Breed
At the conclusion of the breed judging for all of the breeds in the Group (in our case the Hound Group) all of the ‘Best of Breed’ exhibits from each of the breeds of dog in the ‘Group’ will enter the ring and be judged for ‘Best of Group’. The dog judged as ‘Best of Group’ will leave the ring and the ‘Reserve of Breed’ for that breed (if there is one) will enter the ring and the Judge will decide on the ‘Reserve of Group’.
The ‘Best of Group’ and ‘Reserve of Group’ automatically take their Age class of Group. All other age classes will be then be judged.
We will now have the following:
Best of Group
Reserve of Group
Baby Puppy of Group
Puppy of Group
Junior of Group
Intermediate of Group
New Zealand Bred of Group
Open of Group
In Show Judging
At the conclusion of the Group judging for all seven Groups the In Show judging can commence. The dogs that have won ‘Best of Group’ from all seven groups will enter the ring and be judged for the title of ‘Best in Show’. The dog that wins ‘Best in Show’ will leave the ring and the ‘Reserve of Group’ from the same group will enter the ring and the judge will then judge for ‘Reserve in Show’. Again the ‘Best in Show’ and Reserve in Show’ will automatically win their appropriate age class
in show. All other Group winners will then be judged for their ‘Breed Class in Show’ giving us the ultimate results of the show:
Best in Show
Reserve in Show
Baby Puppy in Show
Puppy in Show
Junior in Show
Intermediate in Show
New Zealand Bred in Show
Open in Show