Best Bitch: a photo documentary
Dog shows revolve around the concept of evaluating breeding stock for the production of future generations. Dogs are judged in accordance to set breed standard. Breed standards are the written description of the ideal dog (male) and bitch (female) of a specific breed. The standard’s basis Is on the original function the breed was meant for; appearance, movement, temperament, height, weight, coat and color, eye shape and color, ear set and placement, tail, feet, and so on are just some of what the judge looks at when comparing an individual dog to the breed standard.
Extensive amounts of training, grooming, and conditioning are required to prepare a dog to be shown. Training involves teaching the dog to stand (no sitting is allowed in the ring,) stay, stack with feet in the proper place to show off body structure, move at the proper speed in order for ideal movement to be shown, stand while being examined from head to tail by the judge, have teeth looked at, and to present with an alert expression when needed. In the ring, it is then the handler’s job to emphasize the dog’s best features while downplaying the dog’s faults in the hopes the judge views the dog as the closest match to the breed standard.