Another thing to make sure of is that your contract for your puppy allows for not neutering the pup. You can't show dogs that have been neutered.
Actually, you can show altered dogs in Juniors. Clover made a few appearances back in the day
Also, as long as the dog is owned by an immediate family member, the junior's name doesn't have to be on the dog.
Juniors can be extremely competitive, and like any sport, there are lots of fun kids there to have fun and some kids (and parents) who are crazy competitive and no fun.
Kids DO start out in a Novice class, broken out by age, so at first they compete against other kids who haven't won 3 classes with competition. After their wins, they move into the Open class, which ranges from the seasoned kids to those who have also just moved up.
It can be frustrating with a puppy when yours is spinning and other people have older, trained dogs. But it also makes you one heck of a handler!!
I did Juniors for many years - it was my start in dogs. I showed several and of different breeds; I was Nationally ranked at the end, but it was fun 98% of the time (LOL). I made some awesome friends I'm still friends with, and we still meet up at dog shows with our new dogs, go out to dinner after, have a great time.
If she really wants to do this, I would recommend talking to the breeder to help her learn how to handle and also how to groom for a show ring. Maybe the breeder could hook you up with someone closer, if needed. It will be a lot of work, but as mentioned, there are great lessons about winning and losing, hard work paying off (and sometimes, that %$#@ happens!), phenomenal bonding with your dog, and a fun way to spend some weekends.
AKC has a whole section of their page on Juniors for you to check out - http://www.akc.org/kids_juniors/inde...a=kids_juniors
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