At Championship shows Dogs are always shown before bitches, in the case of open shows it is usual to find that dogs & bitches are in the same class & sometimes there maybe only a few classes scheduled.
Not all shows shedule all the classes listed below at any one show. Not all shows have a Best Puppy in show competition
If a show is judged on the 'Group System' it means that ALL the dogs declared Best Of Breed or Best Puppy in Breed compete in their respective 'group' i.e Working, Pastoral, Terrier, Hound, Toy, Utility, Gundog. Each Group winner then goes on to compete for Best In Show or Best Puppy In Show!!
Where there is NO group system, ALL Best of Breed & Best Puppy winners compete in one BIG 'class' for Best In Show or Best Puppy in Show
BOB - Best Of Breed - Awarded to the Best Dog or Bitch of any breed whether there are CC's on offer or not.
RBOB - Reserve Best of Breed - Usually awarded to the dog that did not get BOB
BOS - Best Opposite Sex - Awarded to the opposite sexed dog of the Best of Breed winner (i.e if the Male was awarded BOB then the bitch is automatically awarded BOS)
BOSP - Best Opposite Sex Puppy - Awarded to the opposite sexed dog of the Best Puppy in breed winner (i.e if the Male was awarded Best Puppy then the bitch is automatically awarded BOSP - or Reserve Best Puppy in Breed) Not all shows have these awards.
BP - Best Puppy Dog/Bitch- An award given to both the Best Puppy dog and Best Puppy Bitch who then challenge each other after Best of Breed is declared for Best Puppy in Breed.
BPIB - Best Puppy in Breed - Awarded to the Best Puppy of the breed. Both Best Puppy Bitch & Best Puppy Dog compete after Best Of Breed has been declared to win Best Puppy in Breed.
CC - Challenge Certificate - An award given, in the Judges Opinion, to the Best Dog or Bitch out of all the class winners. The judge declares by signing the card that the CC winner "is of such outstanding merit as to be worthy of the title of Champion" of its breed. Any dog must gain 3 CC's under 3 different judges to become an English Champion. There is usually a CC for each sex of dog. The 2 CC winners (i.e Dog CC & Bitch CC winner) go on to compete for BOB who then goes on to compete in the respective Group(Best Of Breed - See above)
Res CC - An an award given in the Judges opinion to the 2nd Best Dog or Bitch in their respective line ups. The judge declares by signing the card that the Res CC winner "is of such outstanding merit as to be worthy of being awarded the Challenge Certificate should the Challenge Certificate winner be disqualified" .
Best Dog/Bitch - Where Championship shows are scheduled WITHOUT CC's for a breed, or an Open show, an award for Best Dog & Best Bitch must be given, these then go on to compete for
Best of Breed, and the Group.
Res Best Dog/Bitch - As above, but awarded to the 2nd best dog & Bitch in the respective breed.