The decisive date for age is the day the dog is shown. Only the following classes are recognized at ANKC /CACIB shows sanctioned by the FCI.
Classes in which the CACIB cannot be awarded
Baby Puppy – For dogs aged three and under six months
Minor Puppy – For dogs aged six and under nine months
Puppy – For dogs aged six and under twelve months
Classes in which the CACIB can be awarded
Junior For dogs aged nine and under eighteen months. (providing the winner is 15 months of age or over)
Intermediate For dogs aged eighteen and under thirty-six months.
Open For dogs 15 months and over that are not Champions
Champion To enter a dog in Champion Class, the title must have been confirmed by the issue of a Registered Pedigree Certificate with the title added by the day of the official closing date of entries; a Champion that has not attained 15 months of age may not be awarded a CACIB
EXCELLENT may only be awarded to a dog over 9 months of age which comes very close to the ideal standard of the breed, which is presented in excellent condition, displays a harmonious, well-balanced temperament, is of high class and has excellent posture. Its superior characteristics in respect of its breed permit that minor imperfections can be ignored; it must however have the typical features of its sex.
VERY GOOD may only be awarded to a dog over 9 months of age that possesses the typical features of its breed, which has well-balanced proportions and is in correct condition. A few minor faults may be tolerated. This award can only be granted to a dog that shows class.
GOOD is to be awarded to a dog over 9 months of age that possesses the main features of its breed. The good points should outweigh the faults so that the dog can be considered a good representative of its breed.
SUFFICIENT should be awarded to a dog which corresponds adequately to its breed, without possessing the generally accepted characteristics or whose physical condition leaves a lot to be desired.