The following are methods by which conformation of an Epagneul Breton can be evaluated.
• Formal Exhibition or “Showing”
“Conformation” shows sponsored by the Club De l’Epagneul Breton of the United States (CEB-US) and licensed by the United Kennel Club provide excellent opportunities for dog owners and breeders to have their dogs’ physical conformation evaluated by experts knowledgeable of the breed. These shows are conducted in a traditional show ring setting. The dogs are preferred to be exhibited in a relatively natural state, without substantial grooming. Ribbons and prizes are awarded by class.
• Official Conformation Evaluations or “Confirming”
At designated breed specialty shows, the CEB-US offers the opportunity for each dog that has reached a year of age, to undergo a formal evaluation of the dog’s overall conformation, whereby the dog can be “confirmed” to meet the official conformation standard of the breed. In an informal setting outside of the show ring, a group of three Expert Confirmateurs evaluate and carefully record their observations about each dog presented for evaluation of conformation. The purpose of the evaluation is to carefully examine the dog, to determine whether the dog meets the official UKC Conformation Standard for the Epagneul Breton. Dogs which meet the accepted breed standard are then certified as having been “confirmed.”
• Overall Conformation Quality or “Rating”
When Epagneul Bretons are shown in the show ring, at breed specialty shows judged by a Conformation Judge approved by the CEB-US, in addition to the dog’s placement attributed in the show class, the judge will assign in writing an overall conformation quality rating of Excellent (C-1), Very Good (C-2) , Good (C-3) or Insufficient. This “Rating” is indicative of how the dog’s overall quality of conformation compares with other representatives of the breed. The assigned “Rating” can be helpful to breeders and other persons interested in the dog’s conformation, and is always assigned in the formal group setting of a conformation show, to insure more objectivity.