Showing Dogs

 A Guide for Owners Thinking of Showing 



A Championship Show

Breed Certificates are issued, one for each sex in each Breed at the Judge's discretion. Added to include it can also be a show held by a breed club for that particular breed only.

A Specialty Show

one which is conducted by a Group Club for Breeds of dogs within a Group Best of Breed Certificates are awarded to each sex in each Breed at the Judge's discretion.

Open Shows/Parades / Members Competitions and Fun Days dogs in Ring procedure and aspiring conformation Judges. No Challenge Certificates are offered at Open Shows or Parades.


A Challenge Certificate is awarded at the discretion of the Judge, one to each sex in each Breed represented at the Show. A Best of Breed Certificate replacing the Challenge Certificate for the Best of Breed winner. Certificates carry a varying number of points towards a title of "Australian Champion" (100 points) or "Australian Grand Champion" (1,000 points).

The Challenge Certificate (CC) carries the words that: "I am clearly of the opinion that this exhibit is of such outstanding merit as to be worthy to qualify for the title "Champion"'. These Certificates are signed by the Judge.

The Judge does not personally allocate points; this is done by calculating the number of dogs beaten by the CC or BOB winner on the day.

Any dog aged six (6) months or over which is unbeaten in its Class is eligible to compete for the CC. 


To become eligible to apply for the Title "AUSTRALIAN CHAMPION", a dog must have won not less than 100 points.

To become eligible to apply for the Title "AUSTRALIAN GRAND CHAMPION", a dog must have won not less than 1,000 points.

To become eligible to apply for the Title "AUSTRALIAN SUPREME CHAMPION"  a dog must have won not less than 1,000 points, including 3 All Breeds Best in Shows; or 10 Best in Group/Specialty Best in Shows. Either 3 different
Best in Show Judges or 10 different Best in Group/Specialty judges must be submitted, there can be no
repeated judges.

Points are calculated as follows:

Dog/Bitch Challenge 6 points + 1 for each in sex in Breed

Best of Breed 5 points + 1 for each dog and bitch judged in the Breed

Best in Group 5 points + 1 for each exhibit judged in the Group; and

Best in Show 5 points + 1 for each exhibit judged in the show.

No more than a maximum of 25 points can be awarded to any one Exhibit at any one Show.

Exhibits in the BABY PUPPY or NEUTER classes are not taken into account when calculating

points as they are not eligible to compete for the CC or BOB.


Where possible, the Judge selects a Reserve Challenge winner and this does have the chance to become the Runner Up in Breed and possibly, Runner Up in Group and Runner Up in Show.

This Award carries no Challenge points nor any prize unless a prize is specifically mentioned on the Schedule. It is an emergency award should the CC winner leave while judging is still in progress or otherwise becomes ineligible to compete further.


Dogs come in various Breeds. These breeds are divided into seven different Groups for judging at


Group 1 - Toys

Group 2 - Terriers

Group 3 - Gundogs

Group 4 - Hounds

Group 5 - Working Dogs

Group 6 - Utility

Group 7 - Non Sporting

Within the Groups, Breeds are listed and judged alphabetically and dogs are always judged before bitches unless specified in the schedule.

Starting with the youngest age Class, all dogs are judged. The first place winner in each Class is then brought into the Ring and the Judge selects the CC winner. If there is a second place dog in the class from which the CC winner came, it is then brought in to replace the winning dog. The Judge then selects the Reserve winner. Bitches are then judged in the same manner, including

Challenge and Reserve.

The two CC winners (one dog and one bitch) are judged one against the other for the Best of Breed Award. The winner is replaced by its Reserve and the Judge then selects the Runner Up to Best of Breed.

Judging then goes on to the next Breed until all the Breeds within the Group have been judged. All Best of Breed winners then enter the Ring and from these, the Judge selects the Best in Group winner, which is replaced by its Reserve winner (if there is one) - and the Judge then selects a Runner Up to Best in Group from the remaining dogs.

The Best in Group winner automatically wins each Class in which it was correctly entered. The Runner Up in Group wins any class it was entered in, but not beaten by the Best in Group winner. Judging then goes back to the youngest Class still to be judged and all Class winners from each Breed are paraded for the Judge to select the winner of the Class in Group. So it goes through all seven groups. Then all Group winners are required to compete for Best in Show, Runner Up in Show and Classes in Show.


All Breeds have their own Standard against which they are judged. When comparing one Breed against another, the Judge compares each dog to its Standard and then decides which dog is, in their opinion, the closest representation of its standard.

It really doesn't matter then that you may be exhibiting the only specimen of the Breed - you will still have to compete against other dogs to win a Group or Show Award. It is important to understand the Breed Standard of your dog.


Remembering that the Awards are made at the sole discretion of the Judge and that, in their opinion, the dog is worthy of the Title, you will realise that there are several reasons why the Award may be withheld by the Judge.

Reasons may include: the dog in question was too young (and has to mature more); that it is out of condition, out of coat, did not perform well on the day, or even because the Judge was unable to examine the dog (either its mouth or its body) because of temperament.

A Show is also a public display so a dog which shows undue aggression, either to another dog or the Judge, may be asked to leave the Ring and reported to the Canine Association (Dogs Victoria)


Before you can participate in any shows your dog must be on the Canine Association Register, in your name( if not speak with your Breeder), and you must be a financial member of Dogs West. If you are not going tohandle your dog in the ring, you can have someone else handle your dog for you. they also have tobe a financial member of the Dogs West and be a registered handler.

It does not matter if the family consider the dog as Little Bobby's, when you are entering a show it is the registered owner of the dog that matters. If the dog is registered as being owned by Mrs I Jones, Mrs I jones must be an Dogs West Member and enter the dog in the show.

If your dog was born and registered in WA, it must be registered (in current ownership) with Dogs West and should be transferred to your name by the Breeder. To make sure that is has been, check the Registration Certificate of your dog - not the pedigree. If your name is on the front of the Certificate, that's fine, if it is not, then the dog has not been transferred to you and you must contact the breeder.

If your dog is not on the Canine Association Register, or you are not a Member, this must be done PRIOR to the close of entry for the show you wish to enter.

The dog being registered with the Canine Association. does not make you a Dogs West Member, nor does being a Dogs West Member infer that your dog is registered - these are two different things.

Membership of the Canine Association. gives you the right to enter any approved Show or Exhibition, but does not make you a Member of the Club conducting the fixture.

Club members usually pay lower entry fees than non-members, but you are free to pay the higher fee if that is what you want.


All show information is on Dogs West Website, once you become a full member you will also receive the Canine News or the "Show Bible" as this will help you plan your future shows and entries

A Schedule contains all the information you need to enter a Show:

* the name of the Club conducting the Show,

* where and when it is to be held,

* who the Judge is,

* who the Show Manager/Secretary is,

* the Classes and the Prizes offered,

* the cost of entry and when entries close, and any other details which are pertinent. 

It is, in effect, a contract between the Club and the exhibitor.

Check each Schedule for these details, there are a number of Clubs and Classes may vary from Show to Show and so do entry fees, etc.

Most schedules are printed in the Canine Association online magazine – Ordinary Classes are defined on the reverse of entry forms and the Schedule tells you which of these Classes are being held at the Show named thereon.

Class 1 Baby Puppy Dog for dogs 3 and under 6 months of age

Class 1A Baby Puppy Bitch for bitches 3 and under 6 months of age

Class 2 Minor Puppy Dog for dogs 6 and under 9 months of age

Class 2A Minor Puppy Bitch for bitches 6 and under 9 months of age

Class 3 Puppy Dog for dogs 6 and under 12 months of age

Class 3A Puppy Bitch for bitches 6 and under 12 months of age

Class 4 Junior Dog for dogs 9 and not exceeding 18 months of age

Class 4A Junior Bitch for bitches 9 and not exceeding 18 months of age

Class 5 Intermediate Dog for dogs over 18 months but not exceeding 36 months of age

Class 5A Intermediate Bitch for bitches over 18 months but not exceeding 36 months of age

Class 9 State/Territory Bred Dog for dogs 6 months or over whelped in the State or Territory in

which they are exhibited

Class 9A State/Territory Bred Bitch for bitches 6 months or over whelped in the State or Territory in

which they are exhibited

Class 10 Australian Bred Dog for dogs 6 months or over whelped in Australia

Class 10A Australian Bred Bitch for bitches 6 months or over whelped in Australia

Class 11 Open Dog for dogs 6 months or over and of a breed recognised by the


Class 11A Open Bitch for bitches 6 months or over and of a breed recognised by the


Class 15 Puppy Neuter for neuter dogs and bitches aged six and under twelve months

Class 16 Junior Neuter for neuter dogs and bitches aged nine and under eighteen


Class 17 Intermediate Neuter for neuter dogs and bitches aged eighteen and under thirty-six


Class 18 Open Neuter for neuter dogs and bitches aged six months or over

Bitch Classes are identified by adding "A" after the number. it is necessary then, if you enter a dog

in Class 1A that it be a female Baby Puppy and not a male.

If such a mistake is made and it isn't discovered before judging, your dog could be disqualified.

The exception is the Neuter classes, which were added from 1 January 2002, where dogs and

bitches are shown in the same class.


The age of your dog is calculated to midnight on the first day of the Exhibition. Don't make the

mistake of working out how old your dog is on the day you make out the entry, but how old he will

be on the day of the Show itself.

If it is your dog's birthday on the day of the show, he must be entered in the older class.


Special Classes are not defined on the entry form so they are defined on the Schedule. Examples

of Special Classes are: Veteran

All dogs entered in a Special Class must also be entered in an Ordinary Class at that Show with the exception of Veteran Classes.


The entry must be made correctly, in clear print, in ink and signed by the (registered) owner and sent with the correct fees to the address on the Schedule on or before the advertised date that entries close. Late, incorrect or entries without fees may not be accepted. Before posting, check again that all the required information is included and you have the right fees.

It is your responsibility to make sure that your entry is correct in all respects. If you have entered the dog in a wrong Class, the organisers will transfer the dog to the proper age Class or the Open Class.


Entry fees differ from club to club, but for each Class you have your dog entered in, that entry fee is payable.

Some Clubs charge different amounts if the same dog is entered in more than one class. You may enter the dog in one Class, apart from special classes.


Catalogues are prepared by the Club running the show. The catalogue gives the details of each dog and the Class in which it is entered. It is normal to order and pay for a catalogue when making out an entry. Catalogues are available at the Show, but not beforehand.


From the close of entry to the day of the Show is three weeks normally, and this gives you ample time to fall prey to nerves and to have second thoughts about the whole thing! Don't worry, you can fill this time by practising what to do in the ring.

Dogs are not required to be Obedience trained for the Show Ring. Your dog should walk on a lead without pulling, jerking or being plain silly. If you can train him to walk with you on a loose lead with head held high, you are well on the way to great things. Dogs are also required to be able to stand in an alert position showing off his best points - it is not much good if he bends in the middle, sags his back or tries to climb into your lap!

The Judge will check the dog's mouth for "bite" - he wants to see how the teeth are placed, not to give the dog supper. If the dog is a male, the Judge will also check to see if he is "entire". This means that the dog has both testes fully descended and in the scrotum. Make sure that your dog is used to this procedure so that he won't be shocked when it happens!

There are Clubs that hold training classes weekly, please refer to Dogs West Website for the days and times. This training is a fantasitc way of getting your dog and yourself prepared for going into the ring with other dogs.

Alternatively, if you know someone with the same Breed, who also shows, ask them for some tips on how to 'handle' the dog in the Ring.

Don't worry, you won't be any different at the beginning - like all Exhibitors, practice is the only answer.


It is only common courtesy to produce a dog which has been washed and groomed, no Judge could be expected to be impressed with having to handle a specimen straight out of the backyard, even if he does not smell too badly!

While Shows are not meant to be 'beauty parades' all Breed Standards state how a dog should look, and grooming is necessary for all Breeds - in some degree or other

At last, it is time to be off.

Be sure that you are wearing appropriate footwear (not high heels or things that go flip-flop): you will also like to consider wearing a colour to complement your dog. You may not think it mattered, but the way one dresses can improve the overall picture your dog makes.

Don't forget to take something along to sit on, as well as a crate for your dog a water dish, a chain, and the dog's show collar and lead.

Don't forget the dog! (it has been known to happen).


While at a Show, your dog must be under control at all times. "Control" does not just mean that he is on the end of a lead...hence the chain, if you leave a dog unattended, it must be securely restrained.


Some Shows have a check-in time, you must be there not later than the time specified on the

Schedule if there is a check-in time.


You are on the grounds, you have walked the dog and now you have time to relax. Check the catalogue to see that your dog has been entered correctly in whatever Class or Classes you have entered him in. If there is something wrong, see the Show Manager immediately. It could be that your dog was ineligible for the Class or that you just can't find it in your nervousness, or perhaps the dog is not listed because of typist's error. Check at the beginning of the Show so that whatever amendments need to be made can be made without any problem.


Although the details of your dog are contained in the catalogue, the Judge does not see this until after the Show. For the time involved, you cease to be Mrs Jones and become number 36, or whatever. Stewards will not call your name, If you are called three (3) times without answering, your dog will be called "Absent" and will be unable to take part thereafter.

Exhibit numbers should be worn on the left arm or the left shoulder and should be clearly displayed at all times when in the Ring.

If you are showing more than one dog on the night, the only card that should be displayed when you are in the Ring is the one for the dog you are currently handling.


From the catalogue you will see which Group of dogs is being judged first, etc. Find your Group, then your Breed and your dog to see how much time you have until you and the dog are required. Give yourself time to walk the dog (again), have a little practice before being required, but until then relax and enjoy the Show.

When each Group is called all the Breeds in that Group gather in the Assembly Ring (so called for obvious reasons). A preliminary sorting occurs where you find exhibitors positioning themselves in the approximate order of requirement (dogs before bitches, breeds alphabetically); this is more formally sorted when the Assembly Steward calls out the number of the dogs required for the next Class. Listen carefully for your number and acknowledge. Starting with the youngest age Class, Baby Puppy, judging progresses through to the Open Class after which, all Class winners (except Baby Puppy) compete for the Best of Breed award (mentioned earlier).

You should not leave the Assembly Ring because although your dog may not have won a BOB or R/U BOB, it may still be eligible for an In Group Class award.

Once the Group judging has been completed, the exhibitors are told they can leave the Ring and the next Group of Breeds is called up. And the whole thing is repeated. But you can now relax. When all Groups have been judged, the call will go out for General Specials and all the Best in Group and In Group Class winners will gather in the Assembly Ring again.

The Group winners will parade in the Ring for the Judge to select their Best in Show; this will be replaced by his Runner Up dog, and then Runner Up in Show will be selected. Again, the Best in Show will win all the Classes in which it was entered and the Runner Up will win any Class in which it was not beaten by the Best in Show. After that, starting with Baby Puppy winners, the remaining classes will be judged for In Show winners.


The presentation of prizes takes place and so ends the show. Everyone is tired, some elated, others cast down momentarily while still others are philosophical. But in the end, we mostly come back again for the next Judge's opinion.


There are some points about which you should be aware.

A dog which did not win a BOB on the night, cannot win Best in Group or Show - it can win an In Group or In Show Class.

Dogs parading in the Ring do so either in a triangle, a straight up and back or in a circle and this is at the Judge's command. Usually the first is followed by the second at the Judge's command when a dog is being judged on its own. When Group competition is being held, all dogs usually go in a circle unless the Judge wishes to see dogs move individually again.

For the triangle, the Judge wants to see your dog moved away from him, in profile, and coming towards him for a comprehensive look at movement.

For the straight up and back, the Judge wants you to walk in a straight line away from him, turn smartly (around the dog) and to come straight back towards him, stopping about 3 feet (1 metre) away.

An Exhibitor only speaks to the Judge to answer a question from him.

You may wonder why the same dog does not win all the time. Breed Standards must be interpreted by the person reading them and this does allow variations. What is the ideal type to me, may not be to you.

That human element we spoke of, that is what makes a Show so interesting - the variety one finds in the dogs, the people and the decisions. Go on then, enter your dog and forget the first night nerves.

And the very best of luck to you!


The ROM Award is recognition of the merit of a select group of dogs who can win, at the highest level of competition, under breed specialist judges.  The objective of the ROM is to recognise those animals who, given the opportunity, are most likely to contribute in our endeavour to breed better Bull Terriers. 

a.         A Bull Terrier must obtain seven (7) points to be granted the ROM Certificate.  At least one three (3) point award and at least one two (2) point award as defined in rule 2c.1, 2, 3 or 4 are to be included.  The other points may be taken from 2.5.  Points must be obtained under separate judges.

b.         All points must be gained at an event of an affiliated Club. i.e. a club that is registered with a State/Territory Canine Control.


c.         Points are allocated as follows:
            1.         Bull Terrier Club Championship Shows
                        Three (3) points may be awarded to the Challenge Dog/Bitch.
                        Two (2) points may be awarded to the Reserve Challenge Dog/Bitch.
             2.         Bull Terrier Club Open Shows (one per year)  (See 3a)
                         Three (3) points may be awarded for Best Dog/Bitch.
                         Two (2) points may be awarded for Reserve Best Dog/Bitch.
             3.         Bi-ennial Trophy Shows
                         Three (3) points may be awarded for the Ormandy Box winning Dog/Bitch.
                         Two (2) points may be awarded for the Souperlative Box winning Dog/Bitch.
                         NB:      The best dog/bitch receives a maximum of three (3) points
             4.         National Championship Specialty Shows
                         Three (3) points may be awarded to the Challenge Dog/Bitch.
                         Two (2) points may be awarded to the Reserve Challenge Dog/Bitch.
             5.         All Breed Shows
                         Two (2) points may be awarded to the Challenge Dog/Bitch at an All Breeds Championship Show.
                         One (1) point may be awarded to the Reserve Challenge Dog/Bitch at an All Breeds Championship Show.

 Allocation of Points for ROM Award 




Bull Terrier Champ Show

Dog/Bitch CC


Bull Terrier Champ Show

Res Dog/Bitch CC





Bull Terrier Open Show

Best Dog/Bitch


Bull Terrier Open Show

Res Best Dog/Bitch





Trophy Show *

Ormandy Box Dog/Bitch


Trophy Show

Souperlative Box Dog/Bitch





National Champ. Show

Dog/Bitch CC


National Champ. Show

Res Dog/Bitch CC





All Breeds Show

Dog/Bitch CC


All Breeds Show

Res Dog/Bitch CC


                                                     * The best dog/bitch receives a maximum of three (3) points.
d.         ROM points may only be awarded by a Bull Terrier Specialist Judge as defined in Part 4  below.
e.         In the event of a Bull Terrier Club engaging a Judge other than a Bull Terrier specialist, as defined in Part 4, no ROM points will be allocated to the Show.
f.          Open Shows, Field Days, Ribbon Parades and such matches will not be deemed a show unless a formal Show Schedule and approval is officially registered and Sanctioned through the State Governing Body. This is, however, dependent on State/Territory controlling body rules.
g.         The ROM award is an in-house award that is not recognised by the ANKC. Therefore the letters ROM must not be included on entry forms or in catalogues. Clubs may wish to acknowledge the award by placing an asterisk against an animals name or placing a list of ROM awarded animals on a separate page in the catalogue. 
h.         The letters ROM may be used in newsletters behind an animals’ name.
3.         SHOWS
a.         Clubs requiring ROM status for more than one Open Show per year must apply to the NBTCA Secretary in writing before advertising the show as a ROM Show.
b.         Shows where the judge and show meets the criteria will automatically be considered eligible for awarding ROM points. 
c.         Bull Terrier Clubs and Judges (All Breeds Shows only) must apply to the Secretary NBTC(A) for the ROM award cards for each show. Also to be included are the:
            1.         Name of the judge (resume to be included in accordance with Part 4 if necessary).
            2.         Date of the Show
            3.         Name of the club organising the show.
d.         On receipt of the letter in 3 c. the Secretary will forward the relevant number of ROM award cards. These will be numbered consecutively and the name of the Club, date of show and judges name will be recorded against the card number. If for any reason the numbered cards are not used they are to be returned to the Secretary.
e.         Clubs and Judges (All Breeds Shows only) are to supply a marked catalogue to the Secretary NBTC(A) within 7 days of the event.
4.         JUDGES
a.         Those judges able to award ROM points are as follows:
            1.         Judges listed on the ROM list (Part 4g.),
            2.         A specialist listed by The Bull Terrier Club (UK), The Bull Terrier Club of America, or any other National  Bull Terrier Club overseas in high standing, and
            3.         Any judge from overseas who has previously awarded ROM points and meets the criteria in Part 4 f.
b.         Clubs wishing to appoint an overseas judge who has not previously awarded ROM points in Australia must send a resume of the judge to the Secretary NBTC(A) to qualify for ROM status for that Show. Overseas judges prior to being awarded ROM status in Australia must be licenced to judge Championship Shows or have at least judged a Bull Terrier Open or Bull Terrier Specialty Show also must have a minimum of 15 years involvement in the breed.
c.         At any show eligible for the ROM, the judge will have the discretion to withhold ROM points if in his/her view the Bull     Terriers are not of a sufficiently high standard for the award. If ROM points are withheld, the judge must advise the exhibitor. See also 3 d and e.
d.            At ROM approved shows under ROM approved judges, the ROM points are awarded automatically unless the judge informs the exhibitor and the ring steward, prior to the exhibitor leaving the ring, that ROM points are not being awarded.
e.         Show Secretaries should post a copy of the ROM Rules to Judges appointed from overseas.
f.         Judges listed in 4g.below who are contracted for an all breeds show are to follow the guidelines laid down in 3c, d and e.
g.          Criteria for Specialist Judges on the ROM list are as follows:
            1.         ANKC approved judges who are current breeders with a demonstrable involvement in the breed over a period of not less than ten years.
2.         ANKC approved judges who, although not current breeders, have bred or owned Bull Terriers for not less than ten years and retain close association with the breed and have demonstrated an abiding interest and close recent involvement with the breed.
g.         Australian ROM Approved Judges: 
  Mr Paul Berman (NSW)
   Mrs Pam Brown (Qld)
   Ms Gail Buckley (Vic)
   Mrs Margaret Burgoine (NSW)
   Mr Mike Cave (Qld) 
   Mr Stephen Craven (NSW) 
   Ms Diane Cuthbert (SA)
   Mr W.F. Fitzgerald MBE (NSW)
   Mr Les Greenall (Vic)
   Mr Jeff Holmes (Vic)
   Mr Stan Honnery (WA)
   Mr Jessie James (Qld)
   Mr Tony Johnson (WA)
   Ms Kerry King (SA) 
   Mrs Linda Martin (NSW)
   Mr Albert Reading (SA)
   Mr. Frank Sluga (Vic)
   Mrs Gayle Stephenson (Qld)
   Mr L Stephenson
   Mrs Moira Stewart (Qld)
   Mr Jamie Watkiss (WA)
   Mrs P Whincop (Qld)
   Mr Wayne Wiltshire (Tas)   
a.         After gaining the points as detailed in Part 2 above, the owner is to apply to the Secretary NBTC(A) in writing or by email and include:
            1.         ROM Award cards (scan or photocopy),
            2.         A suitable photograph, and
            3.         Copy or scan of registration certificate.
b.         The award status ROM shall not be recognised until the ROM Certificate has been received by the owner.
c.         There shall be only one original ROM Certificate for the owner and one for the breeder, copies of the certificate may be purchased by the new owner. The fee is $25-00 per certificate.


Contact Details

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