CONFORMATION EVENTS is where purebred dogs are evaluated for their potential in a breeding program. It is NOT just a beauty contest - structure (how they are built) and movement (how well they use that structure and physical fitness) are key elements. Temperament is also a factor. A fearful dog will not be successful in the ring; they lack the confidence to properly demonstrate correct Shiba attitude. Likewise, an aggressive dog does not demonstrate the Shiba trait of calm dignity.

"Type" is the physical characteristics of a certain breed, as outlined in the Breed Standard. There is a reason for the size, the shape, the colour, the coat, the headpiece, the tail - the entire dog. Points are earned throughout the process, with the goal of becoming a Champion. Further competition to determine ranking within the breed, within the Non-Sporting Group, and amongst all-breeds can be pursued.

Breeders strive to maintain these characteristics through selective breeding, and one of the tools for doing this is competing in the conformation ring. Other tools include genetic health screening, ongoing education in genetics, applying experience.

PERFORMANCE EVENTS include Obedience, Rally, Agility, Barn Hunt, Scent Trials and many other activities where the dog's ability to perform a function and work with their owner is assessed. Shiba Inu can truly do it all - they are agile, athletic and intelligent! Just be aware that off-leash work should be done in a secure area.

Events 2023

Specialties, All Breed, AGM

Aug 4-7th
Calgary, Alberta

Alberta Kennel Club: FOUR All Breed Shows  - LIMITED BREED GROUP 6 (Saturday Aug 5)  - OBEDIENCE, RALLY, AGILITY
ON LINE ENTRY: when entering the All Breed shows, there is an option to enter additional events and has links to our specialties.
Do all of your entries in one spot and only pay the service fee one time!



Friday, Aug 4 2023
Judge: John Burgess

Sunday, Aug 6
Judge: Ms Lois Wilson

Annual General Meeting

We will be hosting our AGM on Saturday, August 5, 2023 at around 7:00 pm MST.

Banquet & Auction

We will be hosting our BBQ on Sunday, August 6, 2023 at our group of trailers, please email to PRE-REGISTER so we can ensure we have enough food. Cost is $30/person – you won’t be disappointed!  Don't forget the live Auction and bring an item to donate.


SPECIALTY sponsorships allow us to purchase great prizes and ribbons for our specialties. There are still some spaces available - all donations acknowledged in the show catalogue. Your support is greatly appreciated!