Comments on The Importance of Silhouette in Showing Dogs

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PWDdogman   Stamford, CT

9/12/2013 8:13:02 AM

Having bred Portuguese Water Dogs for almost 30 years and having shown coated breeds in the Working, Sporting and Hound groups, in addition to having taught Parent Club Sponsored Judge's Education, it concerns me that the author does not differentiate between the visual silhouette of a coated breed and the true silhouette of the dog with the coat
removed.

Many judge's today, are unable to judge a coated breed, finding themselves confused as to the structure of the true dog, based on the "Groom Up" that is performed of it's coat. Attend a grooming compitition and you can see what a talented pair of scissors can do to a coated breed or for that matter what a clipper can do to a Doberman coat, or a styling razor to a Brittany. It takes a well trained eye to understand the true dog hiding behind the clothing, just as the fable of the Emperor's New Clothes makes a folly of invisable garments, similarly the dog under the over barbered coat may be a far cry from the visual silhouette.

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joan   granby, MO

10/3/2011 7:50:04 PM

I breed cairn terriers and show them. This could have been written about the cairn as we are having a conflict over size. The most important thing is the silohuette, ie correct breed balance.

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