Golden Retrievers may be presented for the examination of confirmation
from the age of 15 months.
There is no upper limit, so if your dog appears a little immature,
allow a few months to pass before presenting him.
You will, by doing this, avoid an adjournment, which the judge may demand, to await your dogs maturing.
If your dogs movement is not correct, the judge may ask you to proceed with an examination of the hips (x ray) and postpone judgement until in receipt of the results.
The confirmation consists of presenting your dog to a judge who is accustomed to the breed, at a canine exhibition or at a show organised by a regional canine society.
The expert will compare the dog to the standard of the breed, measure his height, assure at his teeth are well placed, that the colour of his eyes and coat are of the required shades, that the bone structure conforms, that the character if well balanced and sympathetic. For males, he will check that the testicles are in place. There are other points controlled in the examination, which are defined in the standard.
During this examination the judge must be able to examine the dogs teeth. It is therefore necessary for your dog to be used to strangers putting their fingers into his mouth, ask your friends to assist in this.
The examiner must also be able to see and read the tattoo in the dogs ear or on its thigh. This is imperative.
Above all, make sure that the tattoo is readable and if need be, cut any hairs covering it and clean the area. If this is not sufficient, ask your vet to tattoo the other ear.
The list of dog shows is available from :
SOCIETE CENTRALE CANINE
155 Avenue Jean Jaurès
93535 AUBERVILLIERS CEDEX
Enclose a stamped, addressed envelope pour your response
You can obtain this list on our Web Site
The following documents will be required when you present your dog :
Carte de tatouage
Certificate de naissance (birth certificate)
Formulaire de confirmation
Please note that a certificate of vaccination against rabies is required at all canine manifestations.
If your dog is turned down at the confirmation and you do not agree with the decision, you have 2 months in which to appeal to the Société Centrale Canine.
If you do not intend to breed from your dog, his non-confirmation will make no difference to your love for him and he will always be
the most fantastic companion to your family.