When the time comes that an individual decides to show their beloved Laekenois on the professional circuit, there are many things to be considered. Owners must be absolutely certain they have the passion, time and the capital it takes to invest in such a pursuit. To make the choice easier, one should first read up on the subject as much as possible. Attending dog shows and talking to others about not just the high points but the difficulties of showing dogs is a great way to get an insider's view. If there is still an interest, one should then join the official kennel club that recognizes the Laekenois. In this case, the United Kennel Club is the only formal organization that recognizes the Laekenois as a breed. [...]
Founded and created in 1898, the United Kennel Club, or UKC, is one of the most recognizable dog breed registries in the world. By offering a large selection of programs, the United Kennel Club has established itself as the world's best registry of dogs of purebred lineage. In order to create the best breeds in the world, this organization is committed to meticulous record keeping and a wide variety of conformation events for owners and their dogs. By extending their reach to the entire fifty states and to twenty-five countries outside of the United States, this kennel club is the largest performance dog registry in the entire world, including all breeds. [...]
For people new to the world of dog breed clubs, associations and registries it can all be a bit confusing as to what is what and the benefits of each type of organization. In reality the type of breed club, association or registry that you can belong to has a lot to do with the type and breed of dog that you have.
Since registries are usually the most clear cut it is relatively easy to define a registry. A registry is a listing, kept by an accredited or recognized body that registers or records purebred dogs. [...]
Although the American Kennel Club (AKC) and The Kennel Club of the UK actually do have a group known as the Working Group, most people use the term "working dog" in a much more general fashion. It is often meant to imply any dog that does best with some regular expectation of "work" for and by his or her owner. This may include the dogs that work with livestock as herders and flock guardians, as well as the hunting or sporting breeds, plus the dog that are associated with the true Working Group, including the protection dogs and the dogs trained for military, police and search and rescue work. [...]
It is important to keep in mind that the Australian Cattle Dog breed, like most of the herding and working breeds and some of the sporting breeds, actually has two different categories of dogs. There are those that are used for show, which means they are judged on their conformation and their physical appearance and temperament as judged against the breed standards. [...]