Created By: Pichu-kun on November 6, 2012

Dog Shows are fashion shows

Dog shows have little point to them other than being a place for snobs to show off their purebreds.

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Dog shows in media will always be portrayed a competition where rich snobs show off their dogs, often with Preppy Name's, for prizes. They're portrayed as little more than a dog beauty contest. Occasionally the hero will come in with their pet, often a mix breed just to really show their point, and win the competition.

There's little to no allusions of the true reasons for dogs shows. They're for breeding reasons.

See Pounds Are Animal Prisons for similarly misinformed tropes.


  • One episode of Spongebob Squarepants involves the titular character taking his pet snail Gary to be a part of the "Bikini Bottom Snail Race". It's treated with all the same stereotypes of a dog show.
  • Johnny Test had an episode about dog shows.
Community Feedback Replies: 11
  • November 7, 2012
    One common dog show scene in visual works is the owners leading their dogs (on leashes) around an area, in much the same way that contestants at a beauty show walk along a catwalk/runway to show off.
  • November 9, 2012
    There's a dog show scene towards the end of The Ugly Dachshund. Brutus, the Great Dane, causes problems when he starts crawling across the floor upon seeing a dachshund in attendance, but his behavior returns to normal when he sees a female Great Dane.
  • November 9, 2012
    In the Mickey Mouse cartoon "Society Dog Show", Mickey enters Pluto in a dog show. The opening scenes show the other dogs being primped and polished like fashion models at a beauty salon.
  • November 9, 2012
    Great trope. I had no idea about this.
  • November 9, 2012
    Film example:
    • Best In Show - the entire mocumentary focuses on the neurotic tendencies of the dog owners, the intense competition the people go through, and the attributes the people impose on their dogs.
  • November 9, 2012
    I know cat shows have popped up in media but I can't remember what shows exactly. I think Garfield was a part of one. They're always portrayed more like dog shows than actual cat shows.
  • November 10, 2012
    The movie The Ugly Dachshund uses this trope. The female lead throws a dinner party specifically to invite and impress one of the dog show judges. She hopes he'll favor her little dachshund in the upcoming show.
  • November 11, 2012
    In Real Life, dog shows may also have the dogs perform tricks or physical exercises to show off the breed's physical abilities, not just their appearance and condition.
  • November 11, 2012
    I think this is just a form of Artistic License.
  • November 17, 2012
    A Littlest Pet Shop 2012 episode revolves around this trope.
  • November 17, 2012
    This is what real dog shows are like. The resemblance of "owners leading their dogs (on leashes) around an area" to models on a catwalk may be interesting analysis, but it's not a trope.

    Physical abilities can be important, but a huge portion of a dog show being a glorified beauty contest is true. The fact that the "real" point involves breeding does not contradict that observation. The goal is (roughly) to breed pretty dogs. They frequently are "a competition where rich snobs show off their dogs, often with Preppy Name's, for prizes". Few things are always true.