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

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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Water Dogs were basically sold as pets...hard to groom them into the manufactured all over Retriever clip which we originally made so pet groomers could easily clip Water Dogs.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.

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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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