Intermountain Kennel Club
To further the advancement of all breeds of purebred dogs.
To do all in its power to protect and advance the interest of all breeds of purebred dogs and to encourage sportsmanlike competition at dog shows and obedience trials.
To conduct sanctioned matches, dog shows and obedience trials under the rules of the
American Kennel Club
Conformation describes the structure and physical traits of a dog and how well they conform to the breed standard. In conformation shows, dogs compete to earn points or certification toward a championship. Points are awarded based on the number of dogs in the competition. The dogs are first judged against others of their breed or variety, based on AKC breed standards, and Best of Breed is chosen. The Best of Breed winners go on to compete within specific groups, which are based on breed type (Terrier, Toy, Working, Sporting, Hound, Non-Sporting, Herding). Finally, the Group winners compete for the coveted Best In Show.