About AKC FSS Open Shows

AKC FSS Open Shows
are informal AKC sanctioned events. They allow owners and their dogs of AKC FSS & Miscellaneous Class breeds a chance to gain the ring experience of a conformation dog show in a relaxed and inviting environment. While no points may be earned towards a Championship, Certificate of Merit points may be earned. FSS Open Shows also allow clubs, judges, and stewards to gain the experience needed for licensed events. FSS Open Shows are run much like a match on the day of the event. Miscellaneous Class breeds will be considered equivalent to a Group as will the AKC FSS breeds. The winner of the Miscellaneous Class & FSS Groups will go on to compete Best in AKC FSS Open Show.

Who can participate?
FSS and Miscellaneous breeds, ages 4 months and older on the day of the event, are eligible to compete and earn points towards the Certificate of Merit. Approved parent clubs for Miscellaneous Class and FSS breeds may offer classes for all Miscellaneous & FSS breeds or for their breed only!

Match Shows Vs. AKC FSS Open Shows
This exciting new event was developed as a way to provide the practice needed for exhibitors, dogs, judges, and clubs. Match shows are now often offered following Best in Show at an all-breed show. Potential new exhibitors that would not know about the all-breed event would in turn not know about the match either. This often appeals to seasoned exhibitors rather than inviting and encouraging new exhibitors to the sport.

FSS Open Shows will provide clubs the opportunity to welcome new exhibitors to the sport as well as find potential club members. AKC will help make your FSS Open Shows a success by inviting AKC exhibitors in your area and promoting FSS Open Shows on the AKC Events Calendar.