See the Official UKC Conformation Rulebook


Conformation shows also referred to as breed shows, are a dog show in which a judge familiar with a specific dog breed evaluates individual purebred dogs for how well the dogs conform to the established breed type for their breed, as described in a breed’s individual breed standard.

The term conformation refers to a dog’s physical attributes, including appearance and body structure

UKC Conformation events are a great experience for the new owner of a purebred dog, with an emphasis on amateur handling, friendly competition, and a family-oriented atmosphere.

* UKC Conformation Events are designed by and for the breeder-owner-handler. Professional Handlers are not eligible to exhibit dogs for others at UKC Conformation Events.

At UKC dog shows, the emphasis is on the DOG, not the SHOW.

What titles can you earn at UKC? ” 

Conformation (excludes mixed breeds)

NBOB – National Best of Breed (for American Eskimos, American Pit Bull Terriers, Belgian Shepherd Dogs, Epagneul Bretons, Israel Caanan Dogs, Rat Terriers, Toy Fox Terriers, Rat Terriers awarded at their National Specialty)

NGRCH – National Grand Champion (for American Eskimos, American Pit Bull Terriers and Toy Fox Terriers awarded at their National Specialty)
GRCH – Grand Champion
CGRCH – Grand Conformation Champion (for Coonhounds and Beagles)
CH – Champion
CCH – Champion (for Coonhounds and Beagles)

Altered Conformation (excludes mixed breeds)
ALGRCH – Altered Grand Champion
ALCH – Altered Champion

How Do I Enter A Show?

First check the event to see if the club is offering the options of pre-entry and day-of-show entry.

Second, decide if you want to pre-enter the event (usually entry fees are discounted for pre-entry, and we recommend pre-entry) or if your plans are uncertain for that weekend you may enter day-of-show (see upcoming events listing for times.)

Third, print a UKC Official Entry Form using this link. Complete the form, making your check payable to the club/event manager as listed in the upcoming events information. Finally, mail the entry and check it to the Event Secretary/Manager listed on the club’s event.