Dog Shows

Baggins Kennel is first and foremost a show kennel.   This means that we compete with other top kennels as a way to measure the success of our breeding program.   Show dogs are judged based on their conformance to the Shar-Pei standard, which defines the characteristics of the ideal Shar-Pei.  

As you look over the many gallery pictures depicting show wins by Baggins Shar-Pei, you may notice little placards describing each win. Here's a quick primer on what they are trying to tell you:

What happens at a show?

The main event at each show is the conformation competition. At some specialty shows other competitive events take place, but the conformation event is the only route to points and championships. The first stage of the competition is the class. The entrants are divided into classes based on age, sex and whether they are already a champion. The winner of each class of non-champions returns to the ring to compete for the "Winner's Dog" and "Winner's Bitch" awards. These two animals receive points towards their championship. The better of these two is also awarded "Best of Winners". The number of points awarded is between 0 and 5, depending on the number of dogs in the competition. Awards of 3 to 5 points are considered "majors". A dog needs 15 points and two majors to become a champion. The two non-champion winners then compete with all the entrants who are already champions. The winner of this competition is awarded "Best of Breed". If the show is a "Specialty", meaning a single breed is competing, then this is the end of the conformation. Otherwise, the best of breed winners go on to compete at the "Group" level. All "Best in Group" winners go on to compete for the "Best in Show" title.

National Specialty

Once a year, the top Shar-Pei in the country get together to compete in the National Specialty show. This is the Super Bowl of the Shar-Pei show world, and Baggins Shar-Pei are among the most frequent winners at this elite level of competition.

Last updated on 11/14/2010
Owner: Monica Chang
"Photo by Bruce G. Holcomb. Our family was searching for a pet quality Shar-Pei and found our perfect little guy at Baggins Kennels! Aesthetically he was beautiful, his blue-green eyes gorgeous, his apricot coat soft with lots of wrinkles…but most impressive to us was his temperament. Such a loving, sweet puppy, very smart and bonded immediately to our family. He became housebroken quickly learning how to ring his bell to go outside by 9 weeks. His eagerness and ability to learn commands is amazing and understands 6 hand signals at 3 months old. He’s full of love and is the love of our lives! We couldn’t be happier with Baggins Kennels that they offer such high quality Shar-Peis. They seem to breed for temperament, health and intelligence whether you’re looking for show or pet quality. It’s tempting to add another to our family!"

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