National Specialty

National Specialty shows are competitions that focus on a single breed or the varieties of one breed. While some Specialty shows are stand-alone events, others may be staged in conjunction with an All-Breed event.

A specialty show, especially the National Specialty (“the National”), which is often hosted yearly by the breed’s national parent organization, is the best location to learn about your breed. Year after year, devoted supporters of the breed gather there to exchange information and passion while bringing their best canines to compete.

As with any dog show, the purpose of the conformation classes is to identify the greatest breeding material to preserve the breed, and specialties, in particular the National, take this purpose very seriously.

A large, rough-coated Greyhound-like dog

National Specialties Bespeak History

Discover the past, present, and future of your breed at a National Specialty. Learn ...

2023 Peach Blossom Cluster dog show

Peach Blossom Cluster Dog Shows | Perry, GA

Ringside photos and dog show candids from the Peach Blossom Cluster Dog Show, which was ...

Cardigan Welsh Corgi Club of America 2023 National Specialty

Cardigan Welsh Corgi National Specialty | Gray Summit, MO

Ringside photos from the Cardigan Welsh Corgi Club of America National Specialty, which was ...

Samoyed Club of America National Specialty 2022

Samoyed Club of America 90th National Specialty

Ringside photos and insights from the judges of the Samoyed Club of America National ...

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Golden Retriever National Specialty 2022

Don Burlett, Show Chair of the 2022 Golden Retriever National Specialty share his insights ...

Michel Chaloux

Michel Chaloux | 2022 GSD National Specialty Judge

Our judge for Males and Futurity/Maturity Bitches at 2022 German Shepherd Dog National Specialty ...

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Gloria Birch | 2022 GSD National Specialty Judge

Judging at our 2022 National Specialty is lifelong breeder, handler, judge, and enthusiast of ...


Pekingese Club of America 2022 National Specialty

The Pekingese Club of Texas hosted the Pekingese Club of America’s National Specialty on ...

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