A specialty show is a dog show which reviews a single breed, unlike other dog shows, particularly conformation shows, which are generally referred to as "all-breed" because they are open to all breeds recognized by the sponsoring kennel club.
A specialty show may be regional or national. A "Best in Show" win at a national specialty show is tremendously prestigious, indicating that the winning dog or bitch triumphed at a contest which attracted entries from the most serious fanciers of that breed in the country or continent. Some specialty shows attract international entries.
Examples of specialty shows include:
- The regional specialty shows, and the national specialty show, sponsored by the Golden Retriever Club of America
- The regional specialty shows, and the national specialty show, sponsored by the German Wirehaired Pointer Club of America
- National Specialty Show, American Maltese Association
- Border Terrier Show Results in the U.K.
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