Comments on Grooming & Presentation Trends Over the Decades: The Working Group

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Beth   Sioux City, Iowa

3/11/2015 11:54:05 AM

I agree about the Samoyed, and was sad to see so many over-fluffed, over-trimmed exhibits at last year's Specialty. But the reason so many people have trimmed to shape the natural hare-foot into a cat foot, and started scissoring and using product and blackening noses is because that is what the handlers did and they won... so now you see nearly everyone doing it. Correct grooming and presentation starts with the handlers. If the over-grooming is not rewarded, it wouldn't be done.

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TammyB0330   Lisbon, OH

11/12/2014 7:18:53 PM

This is a good read, But ,, I'm still not sure what to do before ringtime?

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Michele Colborne   Johannesburg, International

10/17/2013 7:19:36 AM

I judged Newfoundlands in Germany last year and was very disappointed to find several (good specimens) HEAVILY trimmed with VERY obvious scissoring! Totally unacceptable! Also there were a number of exhibitors gaiting their dogs so fast - you would think that they were greyhounds chasing a lure! This is not a breed that was bred for racing!

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