A spayed dog can't be entered into a conformation show (think westminster or the Eukanuba tournament of champions shows). They can (and do!) do agility, obedience, herding, tracking, etc. Those are called performance events. They can also be shown by junior handlers (kids between the age of 10 and 18). Only purebred dogs can be shown in AKC related events, not even a spayed mixed breed dog can be shown in performance events in the AKC (though they can in the UKC). Trust me on this one, people complain about it all the time, Chili Pepper heh
Actually Minniyar, if you are 18 and under you can show a fixed purebred in JUNIORS conformation, but they moreso judge on how the handler works, rather than the actual dog's conformation. Get on yim minniyar!
That's what I meant by jr handling hehe but you explained it much clearer. Junior handling is when kids 10 to 18 years old show purebred dogs (sometimes retired champion show dogs that are now spayed, sometimes just pets) in conformation handling. But as Chili said, it's not judging the dog, but judging how well the jr handler presents the dog and shows off it's good qualities.
As an aside, I've always thought it was weird that if you have a 7 year old kid who wants to show their dog, they can do it in the regular handling conformation classes that your generic adult does, but they can't do it in junior handling. Oh and regarding the AKC not allowing mixed breed dogs to compete in performance events, I'm betting it's because they don't want all those mixed breed dogs showing up the purebred dogs, and you know they would!!!
Oh ok Minniyar. You can even be 2 and show a dog!!!!!! But of course, the parent is allowed to accompany the child. Get on yahoo Minniyar. I'm sure that AKC would be upset if mutts showed in Juniors and adult conformation, because remember the AKC "saying" is "For the love of the purebred dog" I love that saying! Mutts are wonderful though! I have a chihuahua/yorkshire Terrier mix who is predominantly chihuahua, and he is so smart and cute! There is also an AKC saying that says "Welcome to the world of purebred dogs" Mabey they should make a mutt kennel club(MKCA) of America, so that more dogs would be adopted from pounds, but if they do, they should make a "MKCA" rule to not breed your mutts. What a difference that would make! And possibly a kitty one, too.
no, sarah you can enter your dog in conformation if it is altered ONLY in juniors, but you can show in normal agility/herding/obedience with the adults whether or not the dog is altered. You can show with adult people whether you are an adult or if you are a kid as long as it is only in or agility or obedience, herding........those kind of trials...
Awesome for you and your corgi! If you dont' have a farm, I'm not sure that you can do much as far as the herding goes, I was looking into it for a little while. YOur dog can be herding tested very easily, just go to a herding trial, and they put your dog into the field with some sheep. If the dog responds to the sheep, acting like it wants to herd them or heading over to bunch them up instinctively, you can get a herding certificate for your dog to show it is an instinctive herder. REgarding Agility, most places that train for agility require basic obedience training first, the reasoning being, your dog has to be trustworthy off a leash and respond to voice command/hand commands before it can do agility. If you don't know where to start, what city do you live in in the US? There's probably a local AKC sanctioned kennel club in your area that can give you some direction on wehre to go to find agility gear. In the mean time, there's some easy easy ways to start agility training at home on the leash! walk your dog on a teeter totter at a playground, buy some large boxes and open them at both ends and encourage your dog to run through them (for the tunnels). Also, you can get the kid tunnels for like $20 from walmart. And start training your puppy to make short jumps, a piece of pvc pipe resting on 2 cinder blocks is a great start. We trained our dog to jump over our child gates when we had our daughter, so he could escape from her to the back bedroom, so he's already a champion jumper hehe.
well, i do not have a farm, but i do live in a farming area. the neighbors down the street have sheep my corgi hears them and acts like she wants to find them. I think she may be an instnctive herder because she herds my two labs. hehe Well, thanks for the info miniyar it was very helpful. I will do some searching as to were the local akc sactioned kennel club is here in northern new mexico. Thanks, for the great ideas I have a few boxes at home, so I am going to go make some tunnels with them!
The AKC site has a search thingy you can use to locate all-breed clubs in your state, just go here. http://www.akc.org/dic/clubs/search/club_search.cfm You want to search in Agility clubs, Conformation clubs (even if you dont' want to show in conformation, the membership might be able to direct you on where to go for help with the performance events), performance clubs, and obedience clubs. Good luck!