Junior Participation Bags
Show your support for our Juniors, the future of the sport!
As is our tradition, each Junior Showmanship entrant at the National receives a "goody bag" filled with great and
exciting gifts for both the junior and their dog. We are asking for your help by either donating items or funds so that we
are able to carry this tradition forward.
Please contact Mandy Bossi at (910) 777-9799 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like
to make a donation or
need some ideas.
To make monetary donation, please do so on the Consolidated Order Form or make checks payable to "CWCCA" and
note "Junior Goody Bags" and mail it to:
Cheryl Kienast, CWCCA Treasurer
PO Box 295
Knoxville TN 37901-02953
Friday night, all juniors are invited to gather at the Grainery at the Sawmill Inn Resort where we will see old friends,
meet new friends and get to know each other better!
This is a great opportunity to ask questions and share information with each other. It will also be a time to relax and
laugh as we play games, swim in the pool and grab a bite together.
Please sign up on the Consolidated Order Form so that we can get a head-count.
We look forward to another fun party like last year! For more information contact Mandy Bossi or Michelle Watkins.
About Junior Handling
The first dog handling competition for youth at a formal dog show was held in 1932 at the Westbury Kennel Club Show in Long Island, New York, in the United States.
In 1933 the Westminster Kennel Club in New York offered a children's handling class, and prizes were established in the names of early promoters of children's events, Leonard Brumby, Sr, and George F. Foley.
The American Kennel Club recognized Junior Showmanship as a dog show class in 1971.
Junior Showmanship offers youth between the ages of
9 and 18 years of age an opportunity to develop their handling
skills, learn about good sportsmanship and learn about dogs and dog shows.
Juniors are judged on their ability to present, or handle, their dogs as they would in the breed ring.
Eligibility of Dog - Each dog must be owned or co-owned by the Junior Handler or by the Junior Handler's father,
mother, brother, sister, uncle, aunt, grandfather,
or grandmother, including the corresponding step and half
relations, or by a member of the Junior Handler's household.
AKC Junior Showmanship Classes/Age Grouping:
Novice: For youth who at the time entries close have not won three (3) first place awards, with competition present, in a Novice Class at a licensed or member show.
Open: For youth who have won three first place awards in a Novice Class in a licensed or member show, with competition present in the Novice class. Juniors which according to
their records have completed the requirements to compete in the Open class but whose status is unconfirmed by the American Kennel Club are limited to competing in the Open
Class for a period of 90 days from the date of the
show where the Junior completed the requirements according to their records.
Master: For youth who are at least nine (9) years old and under eighteen (18) years on the day of the show, and who have won the ten (10) first place wins in an Open Class with
Competition to be eligible to enter the Limited Class Competition. The calendar for this class will be November 1 thru October 31 of the following year. All juniors
meeting the criteria for this class are required to enter the Master Class and may change their entry the day of the show if entries have already closed. Once the eligibility time frame for that year has passed, all participants return to the Open Class to compete for the following year.
Each of the regular classes are divided by age into Junior, Intermediate and Senior Classes.
Junior: For youth at least 9 years old and under 12 years old on the day of the show.
Intermediate: For youth at least 12 years old and under 15 years old on the day of the show.
Senior: For youth at least 15 years old and under 18 years old on the day of the show.
In the catalog, you will see the above classes & age groups combined, such as Novice Junior, Open Senior, etc.
For more information visit the AKC Junior Website at