Confirmation and Showing


Confirmation or confirming an EB is the process by which three expert confirmateurs (a judge well versed in the confirmation standards of the breed) examine a dog that is at least a year old and confirm that it is an EB based upon comparing the dog in front of them to the breed standard. The dog is also rated by the confirmateurs on how closely they represent the breed standard, from Excellent to Very Good to Good and lower.

Showing a dog is the process of registering the dog in the proper class and actually getting in the show ring with other dogs and being compared to those dogs. Each winner continues to compete against other winners through a process of elimination, finally arriving at the Best in Show or Best of Breed in a specialty (breed specific) show.

When I got Felix, I had no interest in trialing or showing. I attended the 2011 CEB-US Nationals in Muscatine, Iowa, because it was close and I thought Felix could get his TAN title. I got a chance to check out the national club and meet some great people who eventually talked me into showing Felix. He took third in his class that year and then ate his ribbon, but I kept with it and both he and Gwen have earned their UKC Show Champion titles.

The Total Dog award incorporates the field and show into one award. To earn one, a dog has to earn a qualifying score in a field event (a pass or better) and win their class or higher at an associated show. This is very difficult and there are not very many Total Dog EBs. Gwen has won a Total Dog award twice and Felix once!

As the field events can be influenced by luck, weather, training and dedication, the show events are more style, personality and genetics.


Here are a few of Felix and Gwen's major show and confirmation accomplishments.

 

Felix - CH  CHF  Felix Sur Le Delavan  TAN

  • UKC Show Champion title, 10-15-2011

  • EBGDC of Georgia Winner of the Champion Class, 01-09-2012

  • CEB-US 2016 Premier Epagneul Breton Best of Breed, 06-15-2016

  • UKC Total Dog Award, 06-17-2016

  • CEB-US confirmation rating of Excellent (C1), 01-14-2012

Gwen - CH  TR Gwendolyn Hites Mississippi  TAN  WRT

  • EBGDC of Georgia Best Female of Variety and Best Female, 01-09-2012

  • CEB-US National Best Female of Variety, 01-14-2012

  • CEB-US National Best Female of Variety, 04-19-2013

  • EBGDC of Georgia Best Female of Variety and Best Female, 01-20-2014

  • EBGDC of Georgia Total Dog, 01-20-2014

  • CEB-US National Best Female of Variety and Best Female, 01-23-2014

  • CEB-US Total Dog Award, 01-23-2014

  • UKC SHOW CHAMPION title, 01-23-2014

  • UKC 2016 Premier Epagneul Breton Best of Breed, 06-18-206

  • UKC 2016 Premier Epagneul Breton Best of Breed, 06-19-2018

  • CEB-US confirmation rating of Excellent (C1), 04-19-2013