Playtyme Papillons of Distinction - AKC Breeder of Merit

Dog Show Lingo, Jargon, and Terms Defined

Angulation - Angles created by bones meeting at their joints.

Baiting - Using liver or some treat to get the dog's attention and have him look alert.

Bench Show - A dog show at which the dogs are kept on assigned benches when not being shown in competition, so they can be viewed and discussed by attendees, exhibitors and breeders.

Exhibitor - A person who brings a dog to a dog show and shows it in the appropriate class.

Fancier - A person who is especially interested, and usually active, in some phase of the sport of purebred dogs.

Gait - The way a dog moves, movement is a good indicator of structure and condition.

Groom - To brush, comb, trim or otherwise make a dog's coat neat.

Handler - A person or agent who takes a dog into the show ring or who works the dog at a field trial or other performance event.

Heel - A command to a dog to keep close beside its handler.

Pedigree - The written record of a dog's family tree of three or more generations.

Points - Credits earned toward a championship.

Soundness - Mental and physical well-being.

Stacking - Posing the dog's legs and body to create a pleasing picture.


WD – Winners Dog (see How a dog show works)

WB – Winners Bitch (See How a dog show works)

BOB – Best of Breed (See How a dog show works)

BOS – Best of Opposite Sex (See How a dog show works)

BOW – Best of Winners (See How a dog show works)

G1 – Group first win (See The Road to Best in Show)

BIS – Best in Show (See The Road to Best in Show)

BISS – Best in Specialty Show (See The Road to Best in Show)