Model Dog Rules

Country Team 

Model Dog Championship Competition Tour

Model Dog Team Information

The first stop of the IJA Sanctioned Model Dog World Championship Competition Tour was at the Pittsburgh Pet Expo in 2017 in the USA. The first international model dog competition recognized and awarded the top individual model dog competitors and the best model dog competition teams in the world.


The first Model Dog Pure Breed Competitions featured trim styles for the Poodle. Competitors created trim styles exhibited in the Conformation Ring, Oldies but Goodies Retro Banded Trims created on Poodles in the '80s and '90s, and the biggest trend we see today the Asian Poodle Trim Styles.


The first event also offered model dog creative competitions to give competitors the opportunity to let their imagination run wild with exotic designs, colors, decorative objects, and presentations. The creative classes offered were Absolutely Abstract - Lines, Shapes, Objects, and Things; Animal Instincts - Real and Imaginary and Gorgeous Glittery Gardens - Flowers, Birds, Butterflies, and Bees.

The second stop of the World Championship Model Dog Competition Tour was conducted in South Korea by the Korean Kennel Club and was a huge success. Thank you Korean Kennel Club for your outstanding hospitality to all country leaders, judges, and competitors. 

All Countries Invited! Create Your Team!

Contact us now if you want to create a model dog competition team and join in our competition tour.


Host Model Dog Event

If you would like to host a model dog competition in your country, please contact us at  


Be First - Be Exclusive ​

First Rule: Only One Team Per Country or Region in Country

Countries with a large population of competitors will be divided into regions or territories. 

Competition Tour

IJA will offer 2 World Championship Model Dog Competitions a year. The events will be conducted in the spring and fall. If you are interested in forming a team or hosting an event, please contact the IJA Team!

  • Competitors who compete in 1 model dog class will be eligible for Best in Class Awards.

  • The competitor must compete in class series to be eligible for Best All-Around or Best in Show.

  • Awards determined by the type of competition and individual show promoter.  


Number of Model Dogs - World Championship Competitions

Team members must use 3 model dogs and 3 wigs for the World Championship Model Dog Competitions. The type of wigs is listed for the Poodle and Pure Breed Classes and for Creative Classes to create consistency and the fairest competition arena. Additional wigs may be required for creative classes. The number of wigs in the Creative competition is determined by the individual competitor. 


IJA in the USA was the first to establish a manual for "team" rules, policies, and procedures for international model dog competitions.

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