bench show definition by Webster's New World
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an exhibition of small animals, esp. dogs, or cats, displayed on benches and competing for awards on the basis of how closely they conform to ideal standards for the breed
bench show definition by American Heritage Dictionary
An indoor exhibition of small animals, especially a competitive dog show.
Origin: From the benches or platforms on which the dogs are displayed.