AKC Events and Breeds Eligible to Compete in Them (Check out what events in which your dog may be eligible to compete. There are more than 40 titles available in AKC events. Note: Dogs must be registered with The American Kennel Club in order to compete in AKC events. Specific training may be needed for you and your dog. You may obtain the Rules and Regulations for each of these events directly from AKC or via their website www.akc.org.)
CONFORMATION SHOWS (also known as “point” shows and dog shows)
Obedience demonstrates a dog’s ability to follow specific routines in the ring, accurately and correctly, in a willing manner while enjoying the work. Obedience also emphasizes the usefulness of the purebred dog as a companion to man. The basic objective is to produce dogs that have been trained to behave in the home, in public places and in the presence of other dogs at all times and under all conditions. AKC Breeds Eligible: All Click here for more information on Obedience Trials. Click here for a list of Obedience Trials in your area.
Agility affords owners the opportunity to demonstrate a dog’s willingness to work with its handler under a variety of conditions. This results in a better rounded and conditioned dog, provides good basic training for search and rescue dogs and demonstrates good training and citizenship. Agility dogs compete against the clock by running a course of obstacles and jumps in the least amount of time with the least amount of errors. AKC Breeds Eligible: All Click here for more information on Agility Trials. Click here for a list of Agility Trials in your area.
Tracking Tests are the competition form of canine search and rescue and allow the dogs to demonstrate their natural ability to recognize and follow human scent over a variety of terrain. This is a vigorous outdoor sport. In these events dogs follow a specific course of varying terrain and turns through the scent of the tracklayer and either indicate or retrieve scented articles dropped on the track. AKC Breeds Eligible: All Click here for more information on Tracking Tests. Click here for a list of Tracking Tests in your area.
These trials were developed to allow hunting dogs to compete with one another with the object of improving their performance in the field. The sport of Field Trials is broken down into four component parts, each of which is based upon the hunting characteristics of the breeds involved:
Pointing Breeds assist the hunter in the field by stopping or pointing the very moment they scent the presence of a game bird, permitting the hunters to walk past their dogs on point and flush the birds into the air. AKC Breeds Eligible: Brittanys, Pointers, German Shorthaired Pointers, German Wirehaired Pointers, English Setters, Gordon Setters, Irish Setters, Spinone Italiano, Vizslas, Weimaraners, Wirehaired Pointing Griffons. Click here for more information on Field Trials. Click here for a list of Field Trials in your area.
Non-competitive Herding Tests offer herding breed owners a standardized gauge by which a dog’s basic instinct and trainability are measured. Competitive Herding Trial preserves and develops the herding skills inherent in herding breeds and demonstrates that they can perform the useful functions for which they were originally bred. Herding Trials are artificial simulations of pastoral or farm situations that are standardized tests that measure and develop the characteristics of the herding breeds. AKC Breeds Eligible: Australian Cattle Dogs, Australian Shepherds, Bearded Collies, Belgian Malinois, Belgian Sheepdogs, Belgian Tervuren, Border Collies, Bouviers des Flandres, Briards, Canaan Dogs, Collies, German Shepherd Dogs, Old English Sheepdogs, Polish Lowland Sheepdogs, Pulik, Shetland Sheepdogs, Welsh Corgis as well as Samoyeds and Rottweilers. Click here for more information on Herding Tests and Trials. Click here for a list of Herding Tests and Trials in your area.
LURE COURSING TESTS AND TRIALS
Non-competitive Lure Coursing Tests offer sighthound breed owners a standardized gauge to measure their hounds’ coursing instinct. Competitive Lure Coursing Trials preserve and develop the coursing skills inherent in sighthounds and demonstrate that they can perform the functions for which they were originally bred. These artificial simulations of coursing are designed to measure and develop the characteristics of the sighthound breeds. AKC Breeds Eligible: Afghan Hounds, Basenjis, Borzois, Greyhounds, Ibizan Hounds, Irish Wolfhounds, Italian Greyhounds, Pharaoh Hounds, Rhodesian Ridgebacks, Salukis, Scottish Deerhounds and Whippets. Click here for more information on Lure Coursing Tests and Trials. Click here for a list of Lure Coursing Tests and Trials in your area.
This non-competitive test offers breeders and owners of small Terriers and Dachshunds a standardized gauge to measure their dogs’ natural and trained hunting and working abilities when exposed to a hunting situation. In these events the dogs must follow scent to locate and then work a “den” or “quarry” (usually two adult rats in protective cages with which the dogs cannot come into contact) through an earth tunnel or behind a barrier. AKC Breeds Eligible: Dachshunds, Australian Terriers, Bedlington Terriers, Border Terriers, Cairn Terriers, Dandie Dinmont Terriers, Fox Terriers, Jack Russell Terriers, Lakeland Terriers, Manchester Terriers, Miniature Bull Terriers, Miniature Schnauzers, Norfolk Terriers, Norwich Terriers, Scottish Terriers, Sealyham Terriers, Silky Terriers, Skye Terriers, Welsh Terriers and West Highland White Terriers. Click here for more information on Earthdog Tests. Click here for a list of Earthdog Tests in your area.
COONHOUND BENCH SHOWS, FIELD TRIALS, NITE HUNTS AND WATER RACES
These are competitive events that provide owners with the opportunity to demonstrate the beauty and natural abilities of purebred Coonhounds. In the Bench Show the dog is judged against the written Breed Standard. In the Field Trial the dogs must complete a scent track to a lure in a tree or on a pole. In the Water Race dogs must complete a swimming course toward the home tree where the lure is suspended. In Nite Hunts (or Wild Coon Hunts) dogs are in an actual coon hunt situation; there are also possible handler age divisions in these events (Youth, 12 years and under, and 13-17 years old, and Senior Cast for individuals age 55 and older or disabled). AKC Breeds Eligible: Black and Tan Coonhounds, Blue Tick Coonhounds, American English Coonhound, Plott Hounds, Redbone Coonhounds and Treeing Walker Coonhounds. Click here for more information on Coonhound Events. Click here for a list of Coonhound Events in your area.