DISQUALIFICATIONS APPLYING TO ALL BREEDS
SPAYED AND NEUTERED DOGS ARE LIMITED IN COMPETITION AT CONFORMATION events (they may compete only in the Stud Dog and Brood Bitch classes and in the Veterans classes at independent specialty shows), but they are eligible to compete in obedience trials and all performance events except Beagle field trials.
In addition to the disqualifications found in each individual standard, the following disqualifications apply to all breeds at conformation shows.
A dog that is blind, deaf, castrated, spayed, or that has been changed in appearance by artificial means except as specified in the standard for its breed, or a male that does not have two normal testicles normally located in the scrotum, may not compete at any show and will be disqualified except that a castrated male may be entered as a Stud Dog in the Stud Dog class and a spayed bitch may be entered as a Brood Bitch in the Brood Bitch class. Neutered dogs and spayed bitches would be allowed to compete in Veterans classes only at independent specialties or those all-breed shows that do not offer any competitive classes beyond Best of Breed.
A dog will not be considered to have been changed by artificial means because of removal of dewclaws or docking of tail if it is of a breed in which such removal or docking is a regularly approved practice not contrary to the standard. Procedures that would in and of themselves be considered a change in appearance by artificial means and make a dog ineligible for shows include, but are not limited to, the following:
Correction of entropion, ectropion, trichiasis, or distichiasis.
Trimming, removal, or tattooing of the third eyelid (nictitating membrane).
Insertion of an eye prosthesis.
Correction of harelip, cleft palate, stenotic nares, or an elongated soft palate resection.
Procedures to change ear set or carriage other than that permitted by the breed standard.
Dental procedures for restoration, the use of bands or braces on teeth or any alteration of the dental arcade.
The removal of excess skin folds or the removal of skin patches to alter markings.
Correction of inguinal, scrotal, or perineal hernias.
Surgery for hip dysplasia, OCD, patellar luxation, or femoral head resection.
Alteration of the location of the testes or the insertion of an artificial testicle.
Alteration of the set or carriage of the tail.
Any dog whose ears have been cropped or cut in any way shall be ineligible to compete at any show in any state where the laws prohibit the same, except subject to the provisions of such laws.
A dog that is lame at any show may not compete and shall not receive any award at that show. It shall be the judge’s responsibility to determine whether a dog is lame.
No dog shall be eligible to compete at any show and no dog shall receive any award at any show in the event the natural color or shade of natural color or the natural markings of the dog have been altered or changed by the use of any substance, whether such substance may have been used for cleaning purposes or for any other reason. Such cleaning substances are to be removed before the dog enters the ring.
No dog shall be eligible to compete at any show, no dog shall be brought onto the grounds or premises of any dog show, and any dog that may have been brought onto the grounds or premises of a dog show shall immediately be removed, if it:
Shows clinical symptoms of distemper, infectious hepatitis, leptospirosis, or any other communicable disease.
Is known to have been in contact with distemper, infectious hepatitis, leptospirosis, or any other communicable disease within thirty days before the opening of the show.
Has been kenneled within thirty days before the opening of the show at premises on which there existed distemper, infectious hepatitis, leptospirosis, or any other communicable disease.