A Club must have each event conducted approved by AKC and each event is subject to AKC’s Rules and Regulations.
An All-Breed Club show is open to all breeds of pure-bred dogs as recognized by AKC. An All-Breed show is a process of elimination towards the end goal of awarding Best In Show & Reserve Best In Show. Competition begins in the Breed ring where only 1 breed is shown in order to award the Best of Breed. Each Best of Breed dog moves on to its assigned Group competition (AKC has assigned breed members of each of the 7 Groups) where 4 placements are given with the Group 1 winner moving on to Best in Show competition. From the 7 Group 1 winners, 1 dog is selected as Reserve Best in Show and 1 dog is selected as Best In Show.
A Parent breed club show is open only to that specific breed. This is one of the main differences between an All-Breed show and a Parent Club National Specialty show. BFCA holds 1 National Specialty show per year which consists of various fun, educational, and business activities over the course of 5 days including 2 of these days being dedicated show days. The events at our National Specialties include Conformation, Obedience, Rally, and Junior Showmanship. We also offer Owner-Handler competition.
BFCA National Specialties have drawn pure-bred Bichon entries from across the USA and Canada, as well as Australia, China, So. Korea, UK, Mexico, Venezuela, to name a few.