Here at Alfheim many of our dogs compete in the conformation ring. Conformation is a sport that can be fun for dog and handler alike, and one which we have enjoyed for more than a dozen years. Over the years we have bred, owned, or handled more than 50 champions, more than a dozen group placers and even had the privilege of being awarded a Best in Show. We also enjoy the opportunity to handle dogs for other people from time to time.
“Conformation” is the official name for “dog shows.” While they may seem glamorous, the true purpose of conformation showing is to evaluate breeding stock. The dog’s conformation—his overall appearance and structure—is an indication of the dog’s ability to produce quality purebred puppies, and that is what is being judged in the ring. That’s why mixed-breeds and spayed or neutered purebreds are not eligible to compete. Many times a new exhibitor will get started in dog shows by finding a mentor, usually the breeder they acquired their puppy from. Many AKC clubs also offer handling classes to teach owners how to present their purebred dog to a judge at a dog show.
If you think you might be interested in getting involved in conformation shows, please don't hesitate to contact us, we are happy to help!
Over the years we have had the opportunity to mentor a number of young people in conformation, lure coursing and other dog events. We love working with the next generation of dog fanciers and are always happy to help. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you are looking for a dog to show in Junior Showmanship, training help, breed specific advise etc.