Junior Showmanship

The first dog handling competition for youth at a formal dog show was held in 1932 at the Westbury Kennel Club Show in Long Island, New York, in the United States.

In 1933 the Westminster Kennel Club in New York offered a children’s handling class, and prizes were established in the names of early promoters of children’s events, Leonard Brumby, Sr, and George F. Foley.

The American Kennel Club recognized Junior Showmanship as a dog show class in 1971.

Junior Showmanship offers youth between the ages of 9 and 18 years of age an opportunity to develop their handling skills, learn about good sportsmanship and learn about dogs and dog shows.

Juniors are judged on their ability to present, or handle, their dogs as they would in the breed ring.

Eligibility of Dog – Each dog must be owned or co-owned by the Junior Handler or by the Junior Handler’s father, mother, brother, sister, uncle, aunt, grandfather, or grandmother, including the corresponding step and half relations, or by a member of the Junior Handler’s household.

AKC Junior Showmanship Classes/Age Grouping:

Novice: For youth who at the time entries close have not won three (3) first place awards, with competition present, in a Novice Class at a licensed or member show.

Open: For youth who have won three first place awards in a Novice Class in a licensed or member show, with competition present in the Novice class. Juniors which according to their records have completed the requirements to compete in the Open class but whose status is unconfirmed by the American Kennel Club are limited to competing in the Open Class for a period of 90 days from the date of the show where the Junior completed the requirements according to their records.

Master: For youth who are at least nine (9) years old and under eighteen (18) years on the day of the show, and who have won the ten (10) first place wins in an Open Class with Competition to be eligible to enter the Limited Class Competition. The calendar for this class will be November 1 thru October 31 of the following year. All juniors meeting the criteria for this class are required to enter the Master Class and may change their entry the day of the show if entries have already closed. Once the eligibility time frame for that year has passed, all participants return to the Open Class to compete for the following year.

Each of the regular classes are divided by age into Junior, Intermediate and Senior Classes.

Junior: For youth at least 9 years old and under 12 years old on the day of the show.
Intermediate: For youth at least 12 years old and under 15 years old on the day of the show.
Senior: For youth at least 15 years old and under 18 years old on the day of the show.

In the catalog, you will see the above classes & age groups combined, such as Novice Junior, Open Senior, etc.

For more information visit the AKC Junior Website at www.akc.org/events/junior-showmanship/

PeeWee Juniors

We will once again be offering a fun class for the little kids. This year it will be judged by Leah James. Watch for more information!

Junior Participation (“Goody”) Bags

Donations can be anything for the kids or the dogs. It can be something useful in traveling, grooming, training or just plain having fun.  And if you had a particular something in mind but can not do 12….please tell me and I will try to find someone to go in on the donation with you.  If you want ideas or suggestions let me know. And as always monetary donations are welcome also! 🙂 

If you wish to make a monetary donation, please use our NS Cardishop. You can pay by check or by credit/debit card through PayPal even if you do not have a PayPal account. Using the Cardishop will allow us to track the amount so that I can plan accordingly. If you send a check without using the Cardishop, please drop me a note.

We need to receive all donated physical items before 04/13/20 unless you can (or plan to) deliver them to me at Roberts Centre.  This year all non-monetary donations should be sent to me as follows:

Mandy Bossi – CWCCA Juniors
529 Foxwood Lane
Wilmington, NC  28409

The CWCCA has a great group of juniors and I am thankful for your continued support of them.  See you in Ohio!
Mandy Bossi
CWCCA Junior Showmanship Committee


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