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Can anyone tell me what a typical fun match consists of?

Are the dogs classified according to breed, like a regular dog show?

I might have a chance to enter Pup in a fun match the week before I show him for the first time. He is ready, but I have never been in the ring before. Not sure what to expect or if the fun match is worth the time and $$$.
 

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A fun match is a great way to start your dog! You are lucky to find one, there aren't nearly as many of them any more. It should be set up just like a regular dog show, except it isn't run by AKC, and of course there are no points awarded. There should be a class for each breed there. Usually a "fun" match is less strict than an AKC recognized match. That means the judge might talk to you about your dog, and if you have a problem in the ring, the judge might help you a little, or let you try something again, depending on how crowded things are. If you are planning to show your dog, it would be a good way for him/her to get some experience before you spend the money for a real show.
 

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I agree with RandB 100%! Fun matches are fantastic for novice dog show-ers! It is set up just like a regular dog show as far as breed then group then BIM. Its great experience for both you and the pup, and you will frequently find judges and other competitors will be very helpful as far as improving your handling. Experienced people frequently go to Fun matches also to give their new pups experience.
 

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GO! its a great boost for you and your dog before you have to go against pro handlers, the "judges" will actually help and tell you what you need to work on, but its allot of fun, you want to get your jitters out there, not in a real match.
 

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We used to take our pet Italian Greyhound to fun matches just for practice and handling tips. They were a BLAST! Mar loved the attention and I learned a lot about handling.
 

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Okay, you guys talked me into it- we'll go, lol.

This will be a good chance for me to get a chance in the ring before we go to the show- I don't want to drag Pup down!
 

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A fun match is a greta way to start a dog or yourself! They are a lot less formal and you can usually talk to the judge afterwards and feel them out. SOmetimes the judges are breed specialist rather than formal judges and can have a lot more info on your breed. I have judged a few fun matches and sometimes the competition is tough but I always have been able to put aside my preferences for the best dog! ONe I did they expected me to pick the poodle because thats my breed but I sighted on a beaut of a Scottish Deerhound that deserved it and I earned a lot of respect from people that day I had only lived here for about 6 months and was a greta way to met everyone! Have fun and ask questions!
 

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Actually, even A & B matches (put on by clubs trying to gain AKC sanctioning) are a lot of fun. More structured than fun matches, but still a blast. When we got our first Iggie we joined the local Italian Greyhound breed club shortly before they went through the sanctioning process. We volunteered to work at the A & B matches the club needed to put on, and THAT was a learning experience! I highly recommend volunteering at matches if you are interested in dog shows. We met a lot of wonderful people who shared a lot of knowledge with us.
 

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I enjoy fun matches because they are fun! The matches I have attended do not allow professional handlers to show dogs unless owned by them. There are usually puppy matches too which are always great fun to watch as puppies do crazy puppy things and the judges are more tolerant of the puppy antics. I get terribly nervous in the show ring and so these matches allow me practice before the big event. If you have an opportunity to take some all-breed handling classes, do so also. They are usually drop in classes.
 
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