I am not a fan of the AKC show ring. The show ring, with its emphasis on extremes in type and lack of concern with temperament have ruined many breeds. In America, a dog enters and leaves the ring a winner or a loser - and no one has any idea why. Judges do not explain their decisions, so little education can happen ring side for dog owners. Dogs compete against each other, with First Place often going to a poor specimen who is "best of a bad lot".
The Europeans have a much better system. Dogs are judged against the standard, so that if there are two or more very good dogs, they can ALL receive the coveted "V" (Excellent) rating. As well, if there is NO dog of sufficient quality to earn a "V", the "V" title can be withheld. Best of all, dog owners receive a written critique of their dog from which they can learn the good and bad points of their animal.
There is an organization which now offers European style shows. A dog can earn its "International Champion" title if it receives a score of "V1" (Excellent) three times under judges from at least two different countries. This title should not be confused with the "Int. Ch." which a dog earns by winning its championship in three or more countries.
I don't take these titles too seriously, however I do find the written critiques helpful. I prefer that people interested in my dogs hear what an impartial person has to say about them than just me. So listed below are the three written critiques Huni received from AKC judges while earning her Int. Ch. title at 15 months of age.
Lovely profile; nice coat texture; pretty head; bite correct; eyes nicely shaped per standard; nice chest, nice forechest; great layback, heavily muscled; nice bend of stifle; nice top line, a little thick due to being in whelp, pretty side gait, clean coming and going - V1.
Feminine; good coat color and texture; moderate stop, very expressive; correct scissor bite; eyes dark; good ear set and crop; chest well defines; front quarters clean, good reach; back quarters clean, good drive; tail correct set and length; topline firm and level; movement balanced - V1.
VERY SERVICABLE, older fashioned; coat good and hard; bite good, eyes dark, set inii well; chest well filled; both fore and back quarters well balanced, clean; topline hard and level; movement very balanced - V1.