A conformation show, also referred to as a breed show, is a kind of dog show in which a judge familiar with a specific dog breed evaluates individual purebred dogs for how well the dogs conform to the established breed type for their breed, as described in a breed's individual breed standard.
A Dalmatian Road Trial is a field trial, or "performance event", for Dalmatians. Dalmatians were once bred to follow the horse; they were called "coach dogs". A Road Trial is designed to test the Dalmatian ability to follow a horse.
Fast CAT, a timed 100-yard dash where a dog chases a lure, is the newest AKC event. The event is a fun and healthy activity for dogs and their owners, and is open to dogs that are at least 12 months of age and are individually registered or listed with the AKC. In competition, the dogs run one at a time over a straight 100-yard course. Their times are then converted into miles per hour and used as part of a handicap system to assign points earned, which will be used to determine titles and standings.
Dog agility is a dog sport in which a handler directs a dog through an obstacle course in a race for both time and accuracy. Dogs run off leash with no food or toys as incentives, and the handler can touch neither dog nor obstacles. Consequently, the handler's controls are limited to voice, movement, and various body signals, requiring exceptional training of the animal and coordination of the handler.
The sport of Scent Work is based on the work of professional detection dogs (such as drug dogs), employed by humans to detect a wide variety of scents and substances. In AKC Scent Work, dogs search for cotton swabs saturated with the essential oils of Birch, Anise, Clove, and Cypress.
Dogs and their handlers work together to locate rats (which are always safe in tubes) hidden in a maze of straw or hay bales. Barn Hunt events are a pass/fail spot. Courses become increasingly difficult by adding more obstacles, diversions and an increased number of rats to find. There are several types of Barn Hunt titles your dog can earn.