American Dog Federation American dog federation americandog federation Training and socialization is essential for your dogs mental and physical well being and he will
need it throuout.
his life . Training and socialization is something you can do on your own or for the best results you can get involved in a local dog training class that offers both
show handling and obedience classes.
Once you and your dog have mastered the requiements for the conformation ring and or an obedience ring you will be ready for competition, handling your dog in
any ADF Event is an exceptional and enjoyable family oriented experience.show information show information show information
AMERICAN DOG FEDERATION
Dog Show Information
All dogs should have obedience training and of course be
properly socialized, for best results you can get involved in a
local dog training class that offers both show handling and
Once you and your dog have mastered the requiements for the
conformation ring and or an obedience ring you will be ready
for competition, handling your dog in any ADF Event is an
exceptional and enjoyable family oriented experience.
All dogs are eligible to compete in Conformation, Obedience,
Agility, Coursing, Weight Pull, Herding, Fly Ball, Dock Jumping,
Tracking. where offered.
and ALL age appropriate up to date vaccinations and a
- Familiarize yourself with the standard of your breed
- Dogs must be at least 3 months of age to enter
conformation puppy class
- Dogs must be at least 6 months of age to enter
first level obedience class
- Your dog must have an ADF number/Registered
with the ADF
vaccination as required required by law to participate in
any ADF sanctioned event.
Dog and his handler are judged on :
Teamwork and Enthusiasm
The ease and natural way the dog performs
Accuracy and precision, yet natural movement of the team
Communication from the handler to the dog
Dog is judged against the standard for the breed
Dog can be shown in a natural pose or stacked
Dog is also rated on his/her enthusiasm
The muzzle comprised of the upper and lower jaws.
The stop is an indentation (sometimes nonexistent) between the
muzzle and the forehead.
The forehead is the portion of the head that’s similar to your own
forehead; it goes from the stop and eyebrows to the back point of the
The occiput is the highest point of the skull at the back of the head
and a prominent feature on some dogs.
Pricked: Pricked ears are upright.
Dropped: Dropped ears hang down.
Button: Button ears have a fold in them.
Cropped: Cropped ears are surgically altered.
Cheek is the area along the sides of the muzzle
The nape of the neck is where the neck joins the base of the skull in
the back of the head.
The throat is beneath the jaws.
The crest starts at the nape and ends at the withers (see the last item
in this list).
The neck is pretty self-explanatory; it runs from the head to the
The shoulder is the top section of the foreleg from the withers to the
The withers are the top point of the shoulders, making them the
highest point along the dog’s back.
The prosternum is the top of the sternum, a bone that ties the rib
The chest or front of dog
The back runs from the point of the shoulders to the end of the rib
cage. The term back is sometimes used to describe the back and the
The flank refers to the side of the dog between the end of the chest
and the rear leg.
The belly or abdomen is the underside of the dog from the end of its
rib cage to its tail.
The loin is the back between the end of the rib cage and the
beginning of the pelvic bone.
Differentiating pup forelegs and hind legs
The upper arm on the foreleg is right below the shoulder and is
comprised of the humerus bone, which is similar (in name anyway) to
the one found in your own upper arm. It ends at the elbow.
The elbow is the first joint in the dog’s leg located just below the chest
on the back of the foreleg.
The long bone that runs after the elbow on the foreleg is the forearm
comprised of the ulna and radius. The forearm may have feathering
on the back.
The wrist is the lower joint below the elbow on the foreleg.
Dewclaws are vestiges of thumbs.
The upper thigh is the part of the dog’s leg situated above the knee
on the hind leg.
The stifle or knee is the joint that sits on the front of the hind leg in
line with the abdomen.
The lower thigh is the part of the hind leg beneath the knee to the
The rump (or croup) is the rear end; it’s where the pelvis bone is.
The tail set is where the tail attachés to the rump.