Top Dog Pointscore for 2017 to be run by Top Dog Media Pty Ltd.

The Pointscore will be called the Top Dog Pointscore (Reg.).
This Pointscore will discover the Top Dog in Australia*, by running the Pointscore in every State and Territory, then bringing all the finalists together for a Grand Final, where there will be only one winner.
The final will be held on the Saturday night of the 2018 Canberra Royal, at a venue to be decided.
The Pointscore will run from the 1st of January 2017 to the 31st of December 2017.
Eligible shows for the Pointscore will include every All Breeds Championship Show, and every Group Championship show that caters for every breed in the group, and Breed Specialties held during the above period.
The Pointscore will have points allocated for the following wins;

The above points (with the exception of the Breed Tournament) are to be halved for shows under 400, and doubled for shows over 800. Contestants need to specify the size of the show when submitting points.

The Top Dog Australia Pointscore 2017 is based on a similar system to the major football codes in that there will be at the end of the year a National Points Leader (similar to the Minor Premier in football codes). The National points listings are not a separate competition but a reflection of national standings from the state based ccompetition.

In 2017 only 4 'out of state' wins can be claimed by competitors. To create a level playing field for the numerically smaller States the State Points Leaders in each State or Territory as at the 31st of December 2017 will take their place at the Grand Final in February 2017 in Canberra. The winner of this event will be awarded the title of Australia's Top Show Dog for 2017*

In the event of a tie for any State Leader, the dog with the most number of Best in Shows will be the winner, if still a tie, the dog with the most number of Runner Up in Shows will be the winner, if still a tie the dog with the most number of Best in Groups will be the winner. In the event of the leader in any State or Territory being unable to attend the final for any reason, then the 2nd place getter in that State or Territory will be invited to attend, if the 2nd place getter is unable to attend then the 3rd place getter will be invited. A State or Territory leader that does not attend the Top Dog Final will be removed from the list of winners and deemed ineligible for any prizes or trophies unless circumstances are deemed to be of such exceptional circumstance that Top Dog Media Pty Directors choose to accept a reason that may be given.

In addition to the Top Dog Pointscore, there will be a Top Puppy Pointscore sponsored by Royal Canin.
The qualifying period and eligible shows for the Top Puppy Pointscore will be the same as for the Top Dog Pointscore.
The Pointscore will have points allocated for the following wins;
Baby, Minor, Puppy, or Junior of Breed         10 points
Baby, Minor, Puppy, or Junior in Group         20 points
Baby, Minor, Puppy, or Junior in Show          50 points
The above points are to be halved for shows under 400, and doubled for shows over 800.
The Top Puppy Pointscore will not have a final, but will be a first past the post Pointscore, with a winner in each State and Territory, and one National winner.  In the event of a tie, the dog with the most class in Shows will be the winner, if still a tie, then the dog with the most class in groups will be the winner.

The 2017 competition will be closed to new competitors after September 30, 2017. Final points must be submitted by January 5, 2018. The leaderboard for the Pointscore will be maintained on the Top Dog Media website, and will be published monthly in Dog News Australia, along with a dedicated page with photos of all the state leaders, as well as promotion in the Dog News Australia Annual. To be eligible to compete or be awarded in the pointscore dogs must satisfy the conditions set out in the State Controlling Bodies Constitution Rules and Regulations in which they have resided for the greater part of the year 2017. Owners and handlers must be both financial members of their State Controlling Bodies for the entire year 2017 and not under suspension by that State Control for any reason during that period. In the case of State Finalists this will extend until the end of February 2018.

In the event of a competitor moving states during both Pointscores, the state where the dog spent the most amount of time will be the state deemed to be represented.The decision of the Directors of Top Dog Media Pty Ltd is final in all matters pertaining to the Top Dog Australia Pointscore.

*Top Dog Pointscore