Junior Showmanship is a class for
youngsters 10 to 18 years of age. The class is evaluated on the handling of the dog as the breed would be presented in the
conformation ring. Juniors are also encouraged to participate with their dogs in the Performance Events. Currently in Obedience,
Agility, Lure Coursing, Herding, Earthdog and Tracking, Juniors are acknowledged for successfully handling their dog to a
title. There is not a minimum age to compete in the Performance classes. The Junior must be able to handle the dog to complete
the requirements for the class.
Junior Showmanship represents the future of the sport of dogs. From its ranks will
come tomorrow’s club leaders, as well as the future responsible breeders of purebred dogs.
Juniors may receive a number
to be eligible to compete in these events by contacting AKC’s Junior Showmanship department.