Understanding Breed Standards, Conformation & Type

Live webinar on Thursday, August 11tth @ 4PM PDT. Learn about these important topics for the conformation enthusiast! This course includes access to the live webinar, curated Q&A, webinar slides and the recording.

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WEBINAR DATE: Thursday, August 11th, 2022 @ 4PM PDT (2 hour webinar)

Not sure where to start with reading and interpreting breed standards? Do you need a fundamental introduction to what conformation is and all of the terms and concepts related to conversations around conformation? Perhaps you want to learn more about breed type? This webinar will cover all of these topics and more to give you an in-depth understanding of breed standards, conformation & type.

Topics include:

  • What are breed standards & why they are important
  • Reading & interpreting breed standards
  • Common terms & sections of breed standards
  • What is conformation?
  • What is breed type?
  • Structure, anatomy and angulation
  • Breed Type Notebook
  • & more!

If you'd like personalized help with interpreting a breed standard, any questions around conformation or type, or ANY OTHER TOPIC, our curated Q&A is here to help. The deadline to submit questions, photos and videos is Monday, August 8th @ midnight PDT. Use the form provided once enrolled, and your question & answer will be featured in the webinar.

As always, this webinar includes access to the live broadcast, the curated and live Q&A sessions, and unlimited access to the webinar recording and downloadable e-book. For the curated Q&A, we encourage you to submit any and all questions on ANY TOPIC. Just use the form provided in this course before the deadline. You can also ask any other questions in the live Q&A session at the end of the webinar.


  • You will NOT receive a link to join the webinar by email. The link to join the webinar and all other information you need is included in this course.
  • The webinar recording and downloadable e-book will be uploaded within 48 hours of the live event.
  • The deadline for the Q&A and photos and videos is Monday, August 8th @ midnight PST.
  • The live webinar time is in Pacific Time (PST/PDT). If you're not the Pacific time zone, remember to convert the time.
  • If you have any questions about the webinar logistics, please email [email protected]

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Your Instructor

Allison Alexander
Allison Alexander

I showed my first dog in Junior Handling when I was 7 years old, I went 5th out of 5 in a junior handling class, I cried, but despite that humble beginning I was instantly hooked!

Believing that you should always do what you love, I became a professional handler in 1987 and I have been presenting Canada's (and the world’s) top dogs ever since. With more than 550 All-Breed Best in Shows, I am proud to have been highly awarded at such prestigious shows as Crufts, the World Dog Show, Westminster Kennel Club and the AKC Invitational. As well I have had Top Dog All breeds in Canada 3 separate times, all three dogs are still record holder’s in their own right.

In addition to my wins as an all-breed handler, I have spent more than 30 years perfecting the art of presenting one of the dog world's most difficult breeds to master: The Poodle. Today, I am internationally recognized as one of the world's most talented and experienced Poodle handlers. I have presented seminars on grooming Poodles all over this planet. . I am also the Creative Educational Advisor and Specialist for Chris Christensen Systems.

I have proven that hard work, dedication and passion can take you absolutely everywhere in this wonderful sport, which is why I am committed to supporting, promoting and giving back to the dog community. Currently, I am President of the Canadian Professional Dog Handlers Association, Vice-President of the Canadian Kennel Club Foundation, I have been CKC Junior Handling representative for both Nova Scotia and South Western Ontario. I am a regular contributor to dog magazines in several countries. I have mentored several of the Top Professional Handlers in the USA and Canada as well as coached 3 Juniors to win the Canadian National one of whom went on to win Crufts World Junior Handling Competition.

In 2017, I launched Leading Edge Dog Show Academy, the world's first on-line dog show training school. My mission is to help mentor a new generation of dog show enthusiasts through innovative video-based grooming and handling lessons. LEDSA has won the award for Best On-line Education each year since it’s inception. I look forward to working with enthusiastic students as they perfect their skills on the way to the winner's circle.

Sit back, as I bring a lifetime of grooming and handling lessons to video, here at Leadingedge Dog Show Academy.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
Can I access a recording of the webinar?
YES - our webinars are ALWAYS RECORDED. You will receive access within 24 hours of the webinar in this course - no need to purchase or enroll in anything else.

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