Qualifications for dogs to enter will be earned from the 2016 through the beginning of 2018 show seasons. To qualify dogs must have earned one of the following:
- All dogs having earned a Best Puppy, Best of Show or Best of Opposite Sex Trophy at a Sanctioned show in 2016 thru May 13, 2018.
- All dogs listed in top 25 of 2016 – 2017 Conformation and Champion Rankings.
- ALL Champions having placed in a Champion of Champions class in 2016 thru May 13, 2018.
- Placement in the 2017 ADBA Nationals (1st, 2nd and 3rd) in all conformation classes.
- Any puppies of the age that could be entered in a puppy class on May 27, 2018 (under 12 months of age) with a previous first or second place award.