For more information, contact Dog Events, conformation@ukcdogs.com

KALAMAZOO, MI, March 14, 2013 – We are excited to announce that for the 2013 Premier any dog that has earned a UKC-recognized hunting title from any UKC-recognized hunting organization on or before April 1, 2013, can enter Premier as a Total Dog!

How does this work? Easy! If your dog has earned any UKC hunting title on or before April 1, 2013, and you would like to enter your dog in conformation at Premier, your dog is now eligible to compete and qualify for Total Dog.

Does it cost extra? No! The only thing it will cost is the regular entry fee to enter the dog in its correct conformation class on Saturday, June 15, 2013.

What do I do to enter? Premier entries open April 1. Once entries are open you can enter online on the UKC website, ordownload a copy of the Premium List to get a copy of the Premier entry form and then mail or fax it to UKC with payment, or hand deliver your entry to the UKC office. All entries must be received by the Premier closing date of May 8, 2013.

What am I supposed to enter to be eligible to compete for Total Dog? If your dog has earned a hunting title, you will need to enter your dog in conformation on Saturday June 15. If your dog goes on to earn a win with competition your dog will be designated as earning a Total Dog Award and will be eligible to compete in the Total Dog Competition at the UKC Premier event on Saturday, June 15, 2013.

How do I indicate that my dog has earned a hunting title? On the Premier entry form there is a box that you MUST check to indicate that your dog is going to use its hunting title to “buy in” to Total Dog. All dogs must be pre-entered as Total Dogs in order to be eligible to qualify.This check box titled “Total Dog – Hunting Buy In” will be on the online entry form and on the paper entry form. PLEASE CHECK THIS BOX. Your dog will not be eligible to compete for Total Dog if the dog is not pre-entered as a Total Dog.

Below you will see an excerpt from the rules for the Total Dog and Hunting Title Buy In at the 2013 UKC Premier event For the complete rules please see the 2013 Premier Premium list. If you have any further questions or need additional clarifications, please contact the Dog Events Department at (269) 343-9020 or email conformation@ukcdogs.com

Thank you! Good Luck! We hope to see you there!


Held over two days: performance qualifier held on Friday; and conformation qualifier held on Saturday. To be eligible for a “Total Dog” award a dog must meet the following criteria:

1. On Saturday, June 15, 2013, compete in conformation with competition and win one of the following classes: Best Male/Female of Variety, Best Male/Female, Best of Winners, Champion, Grand Champion, Best of Breed, Group 1 through 4 (Note: Group 4 win only counts if there are five or more breeds in the Group class.), Best In Show, or Reserve Best In Show from the Regular conformation classes. With special permission from the United Kennel Club, the following addition to the existing Total Dog Rules regarding conformation competition requirements for the Champion and Grand Champion classes shall apply solely on Saturday, June 15, 2013.

***** NEW**** Total Dog Hunting Title Buy-In!

With special permission from the United Kennel Club, dogs that have earned a hunting title in any hunting event recognized by UKC on or before April 1, 2013 can enter PREMIER as eligible for Total Dog. All dogs must be designated as entering Total Dog upon submission of entry into the Conformation class in which the dog is eligible for on Saturday June 15, 2013.

Established in 1898, the United Kennel Club is the largest all-breed performance-dog registry in the world, registering dogs from all 50 states and 25 foreign countries. More than 60 percent of its 15,000 annually licensed events are tests of hunting ability, training, and instinct. UNITED KENNEL CLUB prides itself on its family-oriented, friendly, educational events. To find out more about registration and events, call or visit our website. Phone: (269) 343-9020; Fax: (269) 343-7037; www.ukcdogs.com.