Before the AKC

Before the AKC

Grand Dog Show, Worcester, 1878.

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Dog shows became popular after the Civil War as specific breeds were standardized. The American Kennel Club would be founded ten years after this show was held, but the judges have already starting grouping dogs by function. Setters win the biggest prizes, an indication of their usefulness for hunting.

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