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DOG SHOW TERMS DEFINED 
 
These definitions are provided in layman’s terms in order to make the sport a little more friendly to the non-dog person,  
or for someone just entering the world of dog shows. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Conformation: Refers to how the dog is physically put together (structure and appearance). 
 
Conformation Show: Refers to a type of dog show where dogs are judged solely on how they compare to their breed standard. 
 
Obedience Show: Refers to a type of dog show where dogs are judged solely on how well they perform specified exercises laid before them. 
 
Agility Competition: Refers to a competition whereby dogs must complete an obstacle course within a given time frame. 
 
Standard: This is the written form of the ideal dog. Each breed has its own. Breeders try to create animals that come as close as they can to that ideal. 
 
Type: The sum total of characteristics that make any breed district from the others. 
 
Group: Each breed of dog is categorized usually by the purpose for which it has been bred and assigned one of seven group designations.  The Groups  include Sporting, Hounds, Working, Terriers, Toys, Non–Sporting, and Herding.  
 
Dog: Refers to the species in general e.g. dog as opposed to horse or it refers to the male of the species. 
 
Bitch: Refers to the female of the species and is a common term among breeders no different than using the term doe for a female rabbit. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Following Terms Refer to Conformation Dog Shows 
 
 
Ch: Champion:  is a term designated to a dog who has attained a total of 15 pts under 3 separate judges, with 6 of those points coming from "majors". 
 
Class Dog or Bitch:  Any male or female competing in a conformation event that has not attained the status of champion. 
 
Specials Dog or Bitch: Any male or female competing in a conformation event that has attained the status of champion. 
 
WD: Winners Dog, a dog show term. WD has beaten all the male class dogs present in that breed. WD is assessed points towards their Ch according to the number of dogs he has defeated. 
 
WB: Winners Bitch (Female), a dog show term. WB has beaten all the female class dogs present in that breed. WB is assessed points toward her championship according to the number of dogs she has defeated. 
 
Reserve: This is designated by an R before WD or WB. If something happens that eliminates WD or WB the reserve dog will then be assessed the points according to the number of dogs they have defeated.  
 
BOW: Best of Winners, a dog show term. The BOW dog is the judge deems to be the best representative of the breed between WD and WB. 
 
BOB: Best of Breed, a dog show term. The BOB winner has defeated all the dogs present from their breed. The BOB winner will compete with other BOB winners in its group for Gr. Placings. 
 
GR: Placings: All BOB winners within each of the 7 groups compete to earn placings 1 through 4. Gr. 1st winners go on to compete for Best In Show. 
 
BOS: Best of Opposite Sex, a dog show term. The BOS winner is the dog the judge deems to be the best representative of the breed in the sex opposite to that which won BOB. 
 
BPIB: Best Puppy In Breed is a dog under 1 year of age that has defeated all other dogs in the same age category within its breed. This puppy will go on to compete for Best Puppy In Group. 
 
BPIG: Best Puppy In Group is a dog under 1 year of age that has defeated all other dogs in the same age category within its group. This puppy will go on to compete with for Best Puppy In Show. 
 
BIS: Best In Show has defeated all dogs present at that show. 
 
BPIS: Best Puppy In Show is a dog under 1 year of age that has defeated all other dogs in the same age category at that show. 
 
Specialty: A separate show hosted by a club formed to promote a single breed or group of dogs. The judge is usually someone with intimate knowledge (a breeder) of that breed or group. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Basic Obedience Titles 
 
 
CD: Companion Dog is a title awarded a dog who has passed its first level of obedience competition.  
 
CDX: Companion Dog Excellent is a title awarded a dog who has passed its second level of obedience competition.  
 
UD: Utility Dog is a title awarded a dog who has passed its third level of obedience competition.  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
DOG SHOW RESULTS ABBREVIATION REFERENCE 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Results
Description
 
 
1
FIRST
2
SECOND
3
THIRD
4
FOURTH
R
RESERVE
W
WINNER
BW
BEST OF WINNERS
OS
BEST OF OPPOSITE SEX
B
BEST OF BREED OR VARIETY
G1
GROUP 1
G2
GROUP 2
G3
GROUP 3
G4
GROUP 4
BIS
BEST IN SHOW
BOB
BEST OF BREED - IND SPECIALTY
BOS
BEST OF OPPOSITE- IND SPECIALTY
BJ
BEST JUNIOR HANDLER
A
ABSENT
WWH
WINNERS WITHHELD
RWH
RESERVE WITHHELD
H
HIGH IN TRIAL
HTS
HIGH IN TRIAL SPEC/LB OBEDIENCE
HC
HIGH COMBINED
HCS
HIGH COMBINED SPEC/LB OBEDIENCE
BSW
BEST IN SWEEPS
1WH
1st  PLACE WITHHELD
JSF
JR SHOW FINALIST
PG1
PUPPY GROUP 1
PG2
PUPPY GROUP 2
PG3
PUPPY GROUP 3
PG4
PUPPY GROUP 4
BP
BEST PUPPY
BPS
BEST PUPPY IN SHOW
JUDG
ALL OTHERS - REFER TO JDGS BK
VG1
VETERAN GROUP 1
VG2
VETERAN GROUP 2
VG3
VETERAN GROUP 3
VG4
VETERAN GROUP 4
BOSSW
BEST OF OPP SEX SWEEPS
S1
1ST SPECIALTY/LIM BRD OBEDIENCE
S2
2nd SPECIALTY/LIM BRD OBEDIENCE
S3
3rd SPECIALTY/LIM BRD OBEDIENCE
S4
4th SPECIALTY/LIM BRD OBEDIENCE
SG1
SWEEPS GROUP 1
SG2
SWEEPS GROUP 2
SG3
SWEEPS GROUP 3
SG4
SWEEPS GROUP 4
BG1
BRACE GROUP 1
BG2
BRACE GROUP 2
BG3
BRACE GROUP 3
BG4
BRACE GROUP 4
BBS
BEST BRACE IN SHOW
BVS
BEST VETERAN IN SHOW
BSWS
BEST SWEEPSTAKES IN SHOW
BVSW
BEST VETERAN IN SWEEPS
BOSVSW
BEST OPP SEX VETERAN SWEEPS
AOM
AWARD OF MERIT
BPSW
BEST PUPPY IN SWEEPS
BJSW
BEST JUNIOR IN SWEEPS
GSW
GRAND SWEEPS WINNER
BSSW
BEST SENIOR IN SWEEPS
JR FINALIST
JR FINALIST
BPF
BEST PUPPY IN FUTURITY
BAF
BEST ADULT IN FUTURITY
BAM
BEST AMERICAN BRED IN SHOW
BBBES
BEST BRED BY EXHIB IN SHOW
SBMV
BEST MALE VETERAN SWEEPS
BOSBPS
BOS TO BEST PUPPY IN SHOW
BOSBBBE
BOS TO BEST BBE DOG IN SHOW
SBFV
BEST FEMALE VETERAN SWEEPS
1st FINALIST
1st SWEEPS FINALIST
2nd FINALIST
2nd SWEEPS FINALIST
3rd FINALIST
3rd SWEEPS FINALIST
4th FINALIST
4th SWEEPS FINALIST
GSWOS
GRAND SWEEEPS WINNERS-OPPOS SEX
2WH
2nd WITHHELD
3WH
3rd WITHHELD
BBEB
BEST BRED BY EXH (BREED)
BBEG1
BRED BY GROUP 1
BBEG2
BRED BY GROUP 2
BBEG3
BRED BY GROUP 3
BBEG4
BRED BY GROUP 4
BLHDSW
BEST LH DACHS SWEEPS
BSCDSW
BEST SC DACHS SWEEPS
BWHDSW
BEST WIRE DACHS SWEEPS
BISP
BEST IN SHOW PUPPY
BBBE
BEST BRED BY EXHIBITOR
BV
BEST VETERAN
4WH
4th WITHHELD
DISQ
DISQUALIFICATION
EXCU
EXCUSED
RAAH
ATTEMPTED TO ATTACK HANDLER EXHIBITOR (DISQ)
RAAJ
ATTEMPTED TP ATTACK JUDGE (DISQ)
RAAS
ATTEMPTED TO ATTACK STEWARD (DISQ)
RADR
ATTACKED DOG IN THE RING (EXCU)
RAHE
ATTACKED HANDLER/EXHIBITOR (DISQ)
RAJ
ATTACKED JUDGE (DISQ)
RAS
ATTACKED STEWARD (DISQ)
RAT
ABNORMAL TESTICLES (DISQ)
RBLN
BLIND (DISQ)
RCA
CHANGE IN APPEARANCE (BY ARTIFICIAL MEANS) DISQ
RTJ
THREATENED JUDGE IN RING (EXCU)
SDW
DEW CLAWS ON LEGS (DISQ)
SLTD
LESS THAN TWO DEW CLAWS ON LEGS (DISQ)
SMO
MEASURED OUT (DISQ)
SMT
MISSING TEETH (DISQ)
SNWS
UNWORTHY SPECIMEN (DISQ)
SOS
OVERSHOT (DISQ)
SUB
UNACCEPTABLE BITE (DISQ)
SUCM
UNACCEPTABLE COLOR/MARKINGS (DISQ)
SUCP
UNACCEPTABLE CLIP (DISQ)
SUCT
UNACCEPTABLE COAT (DISQ)
SUE
UNACCEPTABLE EARS (DISQ)
SUEC
UNACCEPTABLE EYE COLOR (DISQ)
SUNC
UNACCEPTABLE NOSE COLOR (DISQ)
SUS
UNDERSHOT (DISQ)
SUT
UNACCEPTABLE TAIL (DISQ)
SUTC
UNACCEPTABLE TONGUE COLOR (DISQ)
SUTO
UNACCEPTABLE TONGUE (DISQ)
SWO
WEIGHED OUT (DISQ)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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