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 we 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