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Here's a quick primer:
They will enter the ring by age/sex. 1st will be dogs (males). 6-9 months, 9-12, 12-18, Novice, Am-Bred, Bred By Exhibitor, then Open. The judge will place each class, 1-4. Then, the 1st place winners in each class will come back in the ring for Winners Dog. THe winner of this will be the dog that wins the points. Then, the 2nd place dog from the class that the Winners Dog came from (ie 12-18, or Open, etc - whichever he was originally in) will come back in with the other dogs left and the judge will then choose Reserve Winners Dog. No points, UNLESS for some reason Winners Dog is declared ineligible and disqualified. THEN, they do the same thing for bitches (females). THEN, all the specials (champions) come in, as well as Winners Dog and Winners Bitch. They compete for Best of Breed.
The judge will choose Best of Breed. Then Best of Opposite Sex (If Best of breed is a male, Best of Op will be a female) and Best of Winners (either the Winners Dog or the Winners Bitch. Usually Best of Breed is one of the specials, BUT Winners Dog or Bitch can go Breed, automatically making him or her Best of Winners. I won't even go into how that can change the points - it's late and my eyes are getting blurry...
Best of Breed winner will then go on to compete in the Group (SPorting for Goldens.) Placements are again 1-4. Group Winners then go on to compete for Best in Show.