Besides the stickied information threads, are there are any books one'd recommend for someone not familiar with conformation to read?
Various performance trials have always been easy to get a handle on but, with Penelope, we never really attended conformation events. The closest we got was looking at some IABCA silliness (for the fun of it) before she passed away.
My schedule is tight (studying for boards+organ system blocks) but I'm hoping to attend a small show early next year and, in the meantime, would enjoy any kind of literature to help me understand the little things like etiquette, classes, terms, show order, etc as well as the big things like what it's like to show one's own dog (owner handled or not). The more I know beforehand, the better questions I can ask of breeders in the future.
The AKC has some information brochures/booklets that explain Conformation shows - I have not looked for them for a long time, but I'm sure they are on the AKC website somewhere. I have a good book called "Raising a Champion: A beginners guide to showing dogs" by A. Meredith John and Carole L. Richards
Mary Jo Ansel
AKC GRCH/UKC CH Fitzmar's Command A Minute CGC "Harvard"
Fitzmar's Victory Hop Devil RN CGC "Jezebel"
Ch Jalyn One Moment Please "Mabel"