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ABNA CONFORMATION POINTS SYSTEM

 

 

 

Retroactive Revision ~ August 8, 1999
Revision made to Special Working Conformation Class ~ April 17, 2000
Retroactive Revision to Championing ~ Jan 1, 2002
Retroactive Revision to Puppy Points ~ Jan 1, 2002

Revision to All Around Best in Show Adult Class ~ April, 2006

Revision to Championing ~ April, 2006

Revision to Junior Championing & the Addition of

the All Around Best in Show Puppy Class ~ Jan 2007

Revision / Changes to 1(b) championship requirements ~ 1st July 2008

Changes / Revision to Championing (Retroactive to include 2007 onwards show results) - Jan 2010

Adult Grand Champions Class ~ Exhibition Class Only ~ New for 2010
 

 

ABNA CONFORMATION POINTS SYSTEM

 

 

The ABNA breed standard officially recognizes

two distinctive types of American Bulldogs, Standard and Bully,

the ABNA requires that they be judged separately.
Therefore there are two rings for each confirmation class listed below,
one for Standard American Bulldogs and one for Bully American Bulldogs.

 

Any Conformation Points and / or Major Wins awarded will be recorded

as to the ABNA Breed Standard Type (Standard or Bully)

the individual dog was entered as and judged by when any

 Points and / or Majors were awarded to them.

Points & Majors awarded to individual dogs as a

Standard Type cannot be merged or transferred with any

Points & Majors awarded them as a Bully Type and visa versa.
 

 

Conformation Classes:

 

 

Puppy Classes

Adult Classes

Novice Puppy (3-6 months)

Junior Adult (1-2 years)

Junior Puppy (6-9 months)

Senior Adult (2-4 years)

Senior Puppy (9-12 months)

Veteran Adult (4 years & older)

 

 

 

 

Conformation points will be awarded based on the following:

 

 

Five entries or less:  six to ten entries:  eleven or more entries:  fifteen or more entries:
1st place=5  1st place=10 1st place=15 1st place=18
 2nd place=3  2nd place=5  2nd place=10 2nd place=13
3rd place=2 3rd place=3 3rd place=8 3rd place=10

 

 

Winners from each class will compete for:

Best Male and Best Female - respectively for ten (10) additional points.

The Best Male and the Best Female will compete for:

Best in Show -  with the winner receiving ten (10) additional points.

Puppy class competition held separate from Adult class competition.

 

 

 

Junior Championship

 

A puppy (ages three months to twelve months) who earns 100 points and at least one major win as Best Male or Best Female over a minimum of fifteen puppies in their respective classes or Best In Show or All Around Best in Show Puppy over a cumulative total of fifteen puppies, will gain the title of Junior Champion.

In order for a Junior Champion to earn its ABNA Adult Championship, it must enter into the adult classes at one year of age or older, and earn the criteria required for Adult Championship Major wins, as detailed  in the "Adult Championship Requirements" below.

Earned Puppy Points are carried over and count towards Adult Points.

 

 

 

All Around Best In Show ~ Puppy 

(New for 2007)

 

The Best In Show Standard Puppy dog will compete against the Best In Show Classic Puppy dog for All Around Best In Show Puppy with the winner receiving ten additional points.

The All Around Best In Show Puppy will be judged by the:

Classic judge, the Standard judge and a third judge, with each judge having one vote, majority rules.

*If a third judge is not available then a decision must be agreed upon between both judges as to determine the winner.

*If the show is judged by one judge then this judge will judge the class and determine the winner.

A win over a cumulative 15 dogs in the All Around Best in Show Puppy class also constitutes a major win towards a Junior Championship. 

This class may also be termed Best of Breed Puppy.

 

 

 

All Around Best In Show ~ Adult

 

The Best In Show Standard dog will compete against the Best In Show Classic dog for All Around Best In Show with the winner receiving ten additional points.

The All Around Best In Show will be judged by the:

Classic judge, the Standard judge and a third judge, with each judge having one vote, majority rules.

*If a third judge is not available then a decision must be agreed upon between both judges as to determine the winner.

*If the show is judged by one judge then this judge will judge the class and determine the winner.

This class may also be termed Best of Breed.

 

 

 

Adult Championship Requirements
(Changes / Revision 2010 - Retroactive to include 2007 and onwards show results )


Before earning adult champion status, a dog must complete one of the following.
A dog will become an adult champion based on whichever of the two (2) methods of adult championship below is attained first:

1.) Adult Major Win

A. ) Dog must earn at least TWO adult major wins, whereby each win earned is as Best Male or Best Female Adult over a minimum of 15 dogs in their respective classes or Best In Show Adult or All Around Best in Show Adult over a cumulative total of 15 dogs.
The two adult major wins must be achieved at two different shows and under two different Judges.

For example: A show where there are 2 shows on the same day then a dog cannot earn a major win for Best Male or female and another major win for Best in show overall where both are at the first show on that day, as they must be at separate shows.

B. ) A total of 100 points is required for an ABNA Championship.

 

2. Adult Major Win

A.) Dog must earn at least THREE adult major wins, whereby each win earned is as Best Male or Best Female Adult over a minimum of 10 dogs in their respective classes or Best In Show Adult or All Around Best in Show Adult over a cumulative total of 10 dogs.
The three adult major wins must be achieved at three different shows and under three different Judges.

For example: A show where there are 2 shows on the same day then a dog cannot earn a major win for Best Male or female and another major win for Best in show overall where both are at the first show on that day, as they must be at separate shows.

B.) A total of 100 points is required for an ABNA Championship.
 


PLEASE NOTE: For those Adult Dogs who had already earned the adult major win as detailed below prior to the introduction of the Changes / Revision 2010, then the following Adult Championship Requirements below applies to those dogs ONLY;
At least one major win (when attained ONLY at an ABNA show prior to 2010) as Best Male or Best Female over a minimum of twenty dogs in their respective adult classes or Best In Show or All Around Best in Show over a cumulative total of twenty adult dogs will be classed as already having earned their adult major win requirement towards the ABNA Adult Championship major requirements, and will therefore not have to earn any additional adult major wins introduced in 2010 under the changed / revised adult championship major requirements system.
However, a total of 100 points is still required for an ABNA Adult Championship to be awarded.

 

 


Adult Champions Class


Those dogs having earned ABNA adult conformation championships will be eligible to compete in the Champions Class.
Champion males and females will compete together.
Three champions or more of either type, Standard or Classic must be entered to earn credit toward a Grand Champion title.
Each dog will be judged by the breed standard relevant to their type.
There is only a single winner.
(Less than three entries will be shown in exhibition only)
Champions must win the Champion of Champions class 3 times under 3 different judges to earn the title of ABNA Grand Champion.

 




Adult Grand Champions Class

~ Exhibition Class Only ~
(New for 2010)


Those dogs having earned ABNA adult Grand Championships status will be eligible to compete in the Adult Grand Champions Class ~ Exhibition Class Only.
Grand Champion males and females of either type will compete together.
Each dog will be judged by the breed standard relevant to their type.
There is only a single winner.
Exhibition Class Only. - Wins in this class will be recorded on the ABNA points list only.

 

 

 

 

Special Working Conformation Class

 

 The Working Conformation Degree Class will specifically identify and recognize

those American Bulldogs that exemplify our working breed.

 

All dogs entering this class must have written documentation stating that said dog is free of hip dysplasia through evaluations performed at a minimum of one year of age, (OFA Borderline or better, free of DJD or PennHIP median score or better, free of DJD) and must hold at least one working/sporting title from the ABNA, WABA, NAPD, Schutzhund, Ring Sport, IWPA, UCDA and/or any other organization recognized by the ABNA. Written documentation is required.

 

The ABNA will hold the Working Conformation Class separately from all other Conformation Classes.

 

Males and females will be shown together.

Three dogs or more of either type, Standard or Classic must be entered to earn credit toward a Working Conformation Degree title.

Each dog will be judged by the breed standard relevant to their type. (Less than three entries will be shown in exhibition only)

There is only a single winner. 5 points are awarded to the winner of the class for each dog that he/she beats.

 

*A total of 100 points is required for an ABNA Working Conformation Degree.
 

The Working Conformation Degree Class will specifically identify and recognize

those American Bulldogs that exemplify our working breed.

 

 

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The ABNA strongly encourages all owners to have their dog's hips certified by either OFA or PennHIP. In doing so, we will document the results on all championship certifications. If the dog has not been certified, that will be noted as well.

 

Working titles from recognized working associations, i.e.,  WABA, IWPA, Schutzhund, Ring Sport, Search and Rescue etc., will be documented on all championship certifications. We encourage owners to have their dogs actively involved in one or more of the working disciplines.

 

It is not the intent of the ABNA to be a governing body that mandates requirements. However, we do want to recognize those owners and dogs that have taken the time and effort to promote and bring credence to our breed.

 

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ABNA IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT:

 

ABNA - List of Accepted Major Registries:

Due to the emergence of many small registries over the last few years

 the ABNA would like to announce that from the 1st January 2008,
the ABNA will only accept registration paperwork for dogs registered with the

 following long standing major registries at ABNA sanctioned shows:

ABA (American Bulldog Association)
NKC (National Kennel Club)
UKC (United Kennel Club)
ARF (Animal Research Foundation)
ABRA (American Bulldog Registry & Archives)

ARFE (Animal Research Foundation Europe)

Please Note:

EKC paperwork is not accepted at ABNA shows, with immediate effect.

 

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