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

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fastdogsrus   Northfield, VT

3/15/2015 1:07:09 PM

While I agree with many of the author's breed comments I do think she is way off on the Borzoi which has several problems brewing at the moment. For starters, this breed is in a period of very unbalanced dogs with stick straight fronts combined with overdone rear ends. Another problem is the ear that hangs hound like and fails to rose. Often these are ears are set too low vs being set on high and tight, and the ear leather is too thick. In addition, the overgrooming and sculpting of this breed has gotten waaay out of hand.

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Nancy   Wylie, Texas

8/24/2014 11:49:53 AM

I disagree with the houndier Ridgebacks being an improvement, but I do agree about the problem with temperament. Having had the pleasure of handling Ridgebacks with what I consider gorgeous head pieces (blocky with great expression derived from well-placed wrinkles and correctly shaped eyes), even better are the brains inside the beautiful heads. Open, intelligent, friendly and not dog agressive, I can trust them in any situation. Sadly, I cannot trust the OTHER RR's around the ring. As a Doberman fancier/breeder, I have great appreciation for the intelligence of the RR's entrusted to me by their owner. Would that all of them were of similar intelligence and trustworthy temperament.

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lasaluki   Carmel valley, California

8/23/2014 12:19:51 AM

It seems to me that moderate, functional Salukis of both old and new fashioned type are rewarded regularly in the show ring. However moderate is not a synonym for mediocre as those that complain that their dogs aren't winning might take a hard look at their exhibits. And as CC said, their grooming and presentation.

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Anon   International

8/22/2014 1:37:07 AM

PBGVs should not be coiffed, trimmed or over groomed and the standard particulary states this!!!!! Yes they should be clean and knot free, but I very disappointed that the writer is making out that they should be presented in this incorrect manner

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CC   Live Oak, Florida

6/17/2014 11:45:06 AM

You can still see those salukis that look like they've been lassoed and wrangled to the ring, but I don't consider it a pretty sight as they are often shy, miserable and poorly presented. There's nothing wrong with a clean well-groomed dog that enjoys itself in any setting, including the show ring, and it's been my experience that good grooming and showmanship do not take away from running ability. I think the breed is generally more sound today in body and mind, but we do need to worry about the short legs that seem to go with flashy side movement. We do have room for a wide variety of styles.

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Rita Rice   Weatherford, Texas

6/16/2014 2:02:25 PM

Unfortunately, I have to disagree on the borzoi -the dogs of the past won on effortless, floating movement and beautiful heads -many of today's dogs are far overgroomed and their handlers should switch to the afghan ring. A borzoi was never meant to move with head upright like a stove pipe and front legs flung out in front. They are the timeless aristocrats of the Hound Group, not the Nouveau Riche.

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Monica   Albuquerque, New Mexico

6/16/2014 8:31:30 AM

As long as judges award the Afghanized Saluki, breeders will continue to follow this trend. "Old Fashioned" Salukis are too often seen as 'plain' or even atypical. Absolutely there were temperament issues a few decades back but that is not as much of an issue today. However it is depressing to hold the line in breed type and movement, only to see the 'modern' version of an ancient breed be given precedence.

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ACEM   Pensacola, FL

8/12/2013 2:06:51 PM

I am disappointed in the comments on Dachshunds by the writer. 28 lines of the AKC dachshund standard are dedicated to describing the front, 22 to describing the rear, while only 19 lines are dedicated to describing the head. Thus, the front assembly is way more important to the dachshund than the head which is what the writer focuses upon in their comments. Furthermore, while I will admit once upon a time miniatures were not as good a quality as the standard dachshund (in the 1970s and 1980s) more recently the miniature dachshund is as good or in some cases better quality than the standards whose breeders have gotten lax in breeding for correct movement. Only puppy mill and backyard breeders have round bug-eyes with dome heads now. Show breeders of the miniature have for years presented much better quality dachshunds--at least in the south where I show my dachshunds. Even in the other parts of the USA where I am seeing "English" imports with broad heads and short muzzles and necks, we still don't see the dome head or bug-eyes in the show ring like this writer mentions. When was the last time this writer saw dachshunds at a dog show?

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