"According to the Kennel Club of the United Kingdom, the first dog show was held in 1859. Sixty dogs were entered into this show, all sporting dogs, and classified into two groups -  pointers and setters. The idea spead like wildfire, and the 1863 dog show at Chelsea included over one thousand entries. A decade later the official Kennel Club was founded in order to regulate dog shows and to maintain a studbook. Perfecting specific breeds for competition in what became known as conformation had begun, though some of it's negative effects would not be recognized for years." Click on the picture to read more:
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