Classes, Helsinki Winner 2017

NB! Puppies are judged at the separate puppy shows on Saturday and Sunday.

Junior class 9 to under 18 months
Intermediate class 15 to under 24 months
Open class 15 months onwards
Working class 15 months onwards (Working Class Certificate (WCC) required for foreign dogs)
Champion class 15 months onwards (Championship Certificate required for foreign dogs)
Veteran class 8 years onwards
Breeders class

Junior class

9 to under 18 months, do not compete for CACIB, but compete for CAC and Best of Breed.

Intermediate class

15 to under 24 months, compete for CAC, CACIB and Best of Breed.

Open class

15 months onwards, compete for CAC, CACIB and Best of Breed.

Working class

15 months onwards, compete for CAC, CACIB and Best of Breed. When entering Finnish dogs, the result entitling for entry in Working class must be marked on the entry form. For foreign dogs, a Working Class Certificate (WCC) must be enclosed with the entry form. The dog is automatically entered to Open class if the WCC is missing.

Champion class

15 months onwards, for International or National Champions. When entering a foreign dog, a Championship Certificate must be enclosed with the entry form. The dog is automatically entered to Open class if the Championship Certificate is missing. Foreign Champion dogs compete for CAC (unless the dog already is a Finnish Champion), all dogs compete for CACIB and Best of Breed.

Veteran class

8 years onwards, do not compete for CACIB, but compete for CAC and Best of Breed. The best veteran male and female awarded with excellent will compete for the Best of Breed Veteran.
The Best of Breed Veteran competes for the Best in Show Veteran.

Best male/Best female class

Dogs which have received the grading excellent and placed among the top four in Junior, Intermediate, Open, Champion, Working or Veteran class and been awarded with Certificate Quality (SA) are entitled to participate in this class.

The judge may award a certificate to the best eligible dog that has been awarded with Certificate Quality (SA), but which has not accumulated the show results required for the Finnish Champion title. A reserve certificate may be awarded to the second best dog that has been awarded with Certificate Quality (SA), but which has not accumulated the show results required for the Finnish Champion title.

The judge may, under his/her consideration,.award the CACIB to the dog considered best and the reserve CACIB to the dog considered second best, provided that they have competed in the Intermediate, Open, Working or Champion class.

Best of Breed

The Best of Breed is chosen from the best male and the best female. The Best of Breed dog competes in the group finals.

Breeders class

Breeders class is a quality grading for groups of four dogs representing the same breed. The dogs must be bred by the same breeder or registered under the same FCI approved kennel affix. In addition, the dogs must be awarded the grading excellent or very good at the current show.

A breeder may only take part with one group per breed.

If the judge considers the group to be of consistently high quality, it can be awarded an Honour Prize. The judge ranks four (4) breeders groups according to order of quality. The best breeders group of the breed awarded with an Honour Prize goes on to compete in the finals.

Quality grades

The quality grades are identified by the following colours:

Excellent – red
Very good – blue
Good – yellow
Sufficient – green
Disqualified – grey
Cannot be judged – brown
Certificate Quality (SA) – pink

Competition class

In each class, the judge places the four best dogs that have received the quality grading excellent or very good.

Group finals

The Best of Breed dogs are participating in the group finals in accordance with the FCI groups. The four best dogs in each group are placed.

Best in Show

All group winners participate in the Best in Show competition. The four best dogs are placed.

Best in Show Breeders class

All Best of Breed Breeders groups awarded with an Honour Prize participate in the Best in Show Breeders class. The four best dogs are placed.

Veterans

All Best of Breed Veterans compete for the Best in Show Veteran. The four best dogs are placed.

Critique

All dogs are given a written critique.