The following categories of dogs may be entered for Best of Breed competition:
- Dogs which are already Champions of Record.
- Dogs which according to their owners' records have completed the requirements for a championship, but whose championships are unconfirmed may show in Best of Breed . The showing of dogs whose championships are unconfirmed is limited to a period of 90 days from the date of show where a dog completed the requirements for a championship according to the owners' records.
- In addition, the Winners Dog and Winners Bitch together with any undefeated dogs that have competed at the show only in additional non-regular single-dog (e.g., Veteran Dog and Veteran Bitch) classes shall compete for Best of Breed or Best of Variety of Breed.
In this competition, the judge selects for Best of Breed the dog or bitch who, in his or her opinion, comes closest to meeting the standard of the breed. The class dog or bitch which the judge believes best exemplifies the standard is awarded Best of Winners. Finally, the dog of the other sex who the judge evaluates as the best example of the standard is awarded Best of Opposite Sex to Best of Breed.
In addition, dogs that have already achieved their championships may be awarded Grand Champion points. At the discretion of the judge, the Best of Breed, Best of Opposite Sex and one additional dog of each sex (Select Dog and Select Bitch) may be awarded points towards the Grand Champion title, provided they are already Champions. If Winners Dog or Winners Bitch take Best of Breed or Best of Opposite Sex, they do not get Grand Champion points.
A Champion may earn additional titles in Conformation by winning Best of Breed or Select Awards in further competition.
A dog must be (1) a Champion of Record or (2) have been transferred to BOB competition based upon the owners’ records of their having completed the requirements for a CH title to be eligible for Grand Championship (GCH) competition.
The American Kennel Club requires a dog to obtain a total of 25 points with three major wins (a major win is worth three points or higher) to become a Grand Champion. The majors must be won under three different judges and at least one other judge must award some of the remaining points – so you need to win under at least four different judges. Also at least one Champion of Record must be defeated at three of these shows.
Best of Breed – BOB
Best of Opposite Sex – BOS
Select Dog – SD
Select Bitch – SB
Remember, point schedules vary by show location. If you are not at the show, make certain you get the points schedule for the event region where your dog won. The Grand Championship (GCH) points awarded are determined by the same divisional point schedules that are used for the calculation of championship (CH) points.
Check the posted copies of the judge’s book before you leave the show to make certain your dog was marked correctly. Mistakes do happen! Also, verify that your dog’s AKC registration number is correct in the catalog. If it is not correct, let the superintendent know before you leave the show. In both cases, it's easier to make the correction on the day of the show rather than later.
TIPS: Veteran dogs or any other non-regular class dogs are not counted in determining points. All eligible entrants from non-regular classes can earn Grand Championship points. Any Champion dog from the regular or non-regular classes is not considered for the requirement to defeat at least one Champion of Record at three shows.
When counting dogs in competition, you only count dogs present that are judged. Dogs that are disqualified, dismissed, excused, absentee or have all awards withheld do not count.