Sue Ann Sparr, Florida 11/30/2015 10:50:40 AM Sorry to disagree in some respects with the Dugan's but I have been involved with PWD since 1976 and was on the breed standard committee for years. The minute the breed was recognized they were shown by the top professionals. Since the first Water Dog that won alot was a curly in Retriever clip for about 10years that is all anyone could win with and they were manicured to the smallest detail...they looked like topiary plants...talk about looking like larger black Bichons! Thank heavens when Carla Molinari the Portuguese expert came to judge our Nationals the trend started to change and dogs were clipped in the true working clip which is the Lion Clip. Before this wavy coated Water Dogs were basically sold as pets...hard to groom them into the manufactured all over Retriever clip which we originally made so pet groomers could easily clip Water Dogs. Am thrilled that the majority now are in lion clip..but the grooming is the same...overdone from the minute they were recognized and shown by top handlers.