Besides being great pets and house dogs, Cardigans love to participate in a variety of activities including, but not limited to: conformation showing, obedience, herding, tracking, and agility.
Newer sports: Scent Work, Barnhunt, Fast CAT!
Obedience and Rally
Much more than just a beauty show, competition in conformation can best demonstrate progress that has been made in breeding for type and quality, soundness and endurance. Dogs are judged on their adherence to the standard of excellence developed for the breed. A good show dog is one that demonstrates many of the virtues called for in the breed standard. A *showy* attitude is also helpful. A beautiful Cardigan, standing squarely and alertly, wagging its tail and enjoying itself is the picture of the perfect dog!
Dog shows are a very popular sport in the United States with more than 2,000 events yearly. Any purebred dog over 6 months of age who has not be altered is eligible for competition. Check out the AKC's Conformation Dog Shows.
According to the AKC's description: "Obedience Trials test a dog's ability to perform a prescribed set of exercises on which it is scored. In each exercise, you must score more than 50% of the possible points (ranging from 20 to 40) and get a total score of at least 170 out of a possible 200. Each time your dog gets that magic 170 qualifying score, he's gotten a "leg" towards his title. Three legs and your dog has become an Obedience Titled dog! There are 3 levels at which your dog can earn a title and each is more difficult than the one before it. You may see levels divided into "A" and "B" at a trial; "A" classes are for beginners whose dogs have never received a title while "B" classes are for more experienced handlers."
These sports are quickly gaining enthusiasts in the Cardi World.