Concept and Process to make your Dog a Champion
09 Jul 2013
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How does my dog become a champion?
When most people think of Dog Shows, they think of Conformation Dog Shows. In conformation dog shows, each exhibit is evaluated according to its breed type and how closely the exhibit approaches the ideal specimen represented by the Breed Standards. (Breed Standards are a set of guidelines which are used by a Kennel Club to ensure that animals produced by a breeder conform to the species of the breed. Breed Standards define the ideal conformation of a breed and entice breeders to improve their current or future stock of animals). Apart from Conformation Dog Shows, there are other types of Dog Shows as well, most popular out of which are Agility Dog Shows and Obedience Dog Shows.
This article aims at explaining the concept of Championship in Conformation Dog Shows. For people who are already part of the “Dog Show World” the tag of Champion for their dog means a lot, but for people who are new to the concept of Dog Shows, understanding the concept of Championship can be quite a task. Whenever you see a “Ch.” before a dog’s registered name, it means the dog has the title of Champion.
In India, the major club is The Kennel Club of India. For, The Kennel Club of India Championship, a dog must gain three Challenge Certificates (Challenge Certificates are certificates issued by KCI appointed Judges, they mean that your dog is so pure to the breed that it is worthy of challenging dog titled ‘Champion’) from three different judges awarded when the dog is over 12 months old. Any specimen who wins this specific number of certificates is called a Champion. Different clubs around the world have different requirements for a dog to be called champion.
Any number of Reserve Challenge Certificates will NOT earn your dog the title of Champion.
Once you have attained three challenge certificates, you have to send the photocopy of these certificates and a fully filled out form requesting Championship Certification to the Kennel Club of India.
When buying puppies (if the lineages of the puppies are known and the puppies are registered to The KCI) it is easier for people to predict whether the puppy would become a Champion or not. If a puppy has many Champions in its ancestry, then it is most likely that a puppy would meet the expectations of purity and is likely to become a champion as well.