I'm getting ready to enter Beckham in a show next month.
First question-They only offer "Puppy" or "12 & under 18 months". I haven't seen this before so does that mean all dogs show together that are 6 & under 12 months rather than the 6 & under 9 and 9 & under 12?
Second question-This show is offering a novice class. If any of you remember I was the one asking about entering puppy vs AOH. So now I'm asking about puppy vs novice? I'm definitely a novice as this is my first conformation dog and we've only been to two shows. Beckham is 11 months old...fyi.
I would go for the puppy class, myself. I've never entered Novice - I think it would be good for a novice handler with an exceptional dog, but puppies have issues with growth, attention, etc. and I think it's a good idea to be there in your case.
Let the judge know you are new to the sport during examination - I've found most to be very encouraging, and they will give you all kinds of room for error! More than a few have given me advice as I was learning.
Don't tell me about what you can't do. That's boring. Show me what you can do. - Mom
some shows (usually specialty or larger all breed) divide the puppy classes into 6-9 months and 9-12 months, but many others do not. So, yes....all puppies under 12 months will be in the same class.
I would enter a puppy in the puppy class, rather than Novice or anything else....judges do not expect puppies to be perfectly trained, so you'll get a little more leeway in that class with a youngster. Novice is not widely used.....personally, I think it screams to the judge "we've hardly ever won anything before", and why would you want to tell the judge that?