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Dog shows, or “conformation” events are the signature events of the AKC. They concentrate on the distinctive features of purebred dogs and help to preserve these characteristics by providing a forum at which to evaluate breeding stock.

The dogs are judged against individual breed standards, which have been established for the AKC-recognized breeds by their parent clubs. These written standards describe the ideal size, color, and temperament of each breed, as well as correct proportion, structure, and movement.

In an effort to educate the community about the growing sport of dog showing, members of the GSKC usually hosts a conformation handling class close to our show date.   Exact dates and times will be announced later. Classes will be held in the auditorium of the old Cordova Community Center on Sanga Road.  The participation fee for non-members is $8.00 per class; for members $5.00 per class; and for youth, $5.00 per class.  Please bring proof of your dogs shots.  Hope to see you there.  We apologize at this time that we have not been able to hold any new classes due to the Covid-19 epidemic.  

The class will also provide a wonderful opportunity for socializing – not only for the dogs, but for the people that love them!  Participants are required to attend the first session to be included in the remainder classes. Proof of your dog’s vaccinations must be provided on the first day of class. Space is limited, so pre-registration is recommended by contacting Elaine Beard.   The indoor, air-conditioned/heated facility provides an excellent environment for introducing participants to the basic knowledge of conformation, such as:

  • Stacking
  • Gaiting
  • Showmanship
  • Ring etiquette
  • Sportsmanship
  • Enhancing ring presence


Junior Handlers at Conformation Classes 2009.

Conformation Class Forms