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3. Club Shows

After you have read several books about the breed and visited kennel and Labrador club websites (which contain a wealth of information), it is recommended that you try to attend a Labrador Retriever specialty conformation show…a show in which only Labradors are exhibited.  The entries are usually in the hundreds (one specialty routinely draws over a thousand), the best dogs are shown and they are judged almost invariably by breeders who are frequently from overseas.  A day in which one beautiful Labrador after another is paraded before you will help you tune your eye to what championship stock Labradors in the country look like...and what you should expect to find when you visit the kennels of reputable breeders.  Also, for a nominal fee you can purchase a show catalog which lists the names of all the dogs entered, the names of their breeders and the names and addresses of their owners. 

If you attend a specialty show, take a folding chair with you as frequently seating is not provided for the general public.  Although exhibitors are friendly and like to talk about their dogs, be aware that they are consumed with preparing their Labradors for the ring, showing them and getting them safely back into their vehicles.  Do not “bother” them if they look like they are busy.

If it is not possible for you to spend a day at a specialty show, then consider attending an all-breed show where Labradors are but one of approximately 150 breeds being exhibited.  Labrador entries at all-breed shows are relatively small and the type of Labrador being shown probably varies more than at specialty shows and the judges are usually not Labrador breeders.  You can probably find an all-breed show near you by logging on to www.ckc.ca CKC Services / Calendar of Events

 2007–2008 LABRADOR RETRIEVER SPECIALTY SHOWS

 

LabradorRetriever.com does not guarantee the accuracy of the information listed below although a reasonable attempt has been made to present it correctly.  It is compiled from several sources including, but not limited to, the AKC Events Calendar, regional club websites and Premium Lists, and Superintendent websites.  Sometimes there are conflicting dates in the information available and it is always best to contact the Show Secretary and/or Show Superintendent to determine actual dates and correct judges.  Even after double-checking, there can always be a last-minute change in the latter.

 

Saturday, June 2, 2007

 

The LRC of Alberta www.lrca.homestead.com

Edmonton, AB (map)

Kathryn Hawker, Event Secretary (780) 988-5020

 

Saturday–Sunday, June 2–3, 2007

 

Labrador Owners Club www.labradorowners.com

Holiday Inn, 200 Holiday Inn Drive, Cambridge, ON N3C 1Z4 (map)

MJN Show Services, Superintendent www.mjnshowservices.com

 

Saturday, June 23, 2007

 

Club du Labrador du Québec www.clublabradorquebec.com

Trois Rivieres, QC (map)

Pascale Pontois, Event Secretary (819) 228-3159

 

Friday-Saturday, July 20-21, 2007

 

The LRC of Canada www.labrador-canada.com

Hazelmere RV Park & Campground, 18843 8th Avenue, Surrey, BC V3S 8E7 (map)

Western Dog Shows, Superintendent www.westerndogshows.com

 

Saturday, July 21, 2007

 

British Columbia All Retriever Club

Hazelmere RV Park & Campground, 18843 8th Avenue, Surrey, BC V3S 8E7 (map)

Western Dog Shows, Superintendent www.westerndogshows.com

 

Sunday, July 22, 2007

 

Sporting Dog Club of British Columbia

Hazelmere RV Park & Campground, 28843 8th Avenue, Surrey, BC V3S 8E7 (map)

Western Dog Shows, Superintendent www.westerndogshows.com

 

Friday–Saturday, July 27–28, 2007

 

Eastern Ontario Labrador Breeders Association www.eolba.com

Kingston, ON (map)

MJN Show Services, Superintendent www.mjnshowservices.com

 

Friday, August 10, 2007

 

The LRC of Canada www.labrador-canada.com

Winnipeg, MB (map)

Corinne R. Walker, Event Secretary (204) 383-5264

 

Saturday, August 11, 2007

 

LRC of Manitoba www.lrcm.ca

Winnipeg, MB (map)

Corinne R. Walker, Event Secretary (204) 383-5264

 

Saturday, August 18, 2007

 

British Columbia LRC (1995) Society www.bclab.com

Maple Ridge Fairgrounds, Maple Ridge, BC (map)

Michelle M. Tamboline, Event Secretary (604) 820-3624

 

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