There are a lot of comments about grooming to the Breed Standard. I often wonder how many of these posters have actually read the Breed Standard for the given breed that they are posting about.
What I feel is a misconception as to what the actual Breed Standards are written for. They are not for grooming. They are written by the parent club for the breeder and the judge as a guide to the ideal of that breed. It generally covers the ideal conformation of the breed. There are a few exceptions discussing within certain breeds as to the proper styles or clips that are allowed. We most all know that the poodle can only be shown in three clips. Puppy, Continental, and the English Saddle. These trims are discussed in the Breed Standard, with a description on each trim. There is one other trim discussed which is called the Sporting clip. This trim is only allowed for non-regular classes such as Veteran Sweepstakes and Parade of Champions.
On most terriers Breed Standards it does discuss coat texture, but it doesn’t describe how to accomplish the wiry texture that is preferred. The standards give a complete description of what the Ideal terrier should look like and the movement.
It bugs me to see a person slam another person for putting a dog in a trim that may not be acceptable in the show ring and use the term “not grooming according to the breed standard.” Again the breed standards are written for the breeder and the judge as a guide to the ideal dog.
The grooming guides such as “Notes” and Nash’s website are the guide for grooming techniques and styles to attain that “special” look of the individual breeds.
My point is this,,,, if you groom a poodle in any other clip other then what is described by the Parent club you are not conforming to the breed standard. How about when a Yorkie is done in a modified Westie type trim…it goes against the breed standard. We as pet groomers have come to accept these styles as the norm, but certainly these styles would not be accepted in the show ring.
Certainly, I’m just as guilty of not grooming all my Yorkies in full flowing coat, or my Shih Tzu’s, and I do clip most all my terriers. Heaven help me, my poodles are running around with no coat at all. Also over the years, I’ve taken a Bouvier made it into a Schn trim, Kerry into a schn. How many OES are clipped down, or done with a Teddy head and scissored legs? Not my choice but requested by the owner.
These are my thoughts and opinions on this subject. It’s fine to make remarks about an Airedale with big bloomers, or cockers with big hula skirts. Its one thing to say that the dog isn’t groomed in the correct pattern or the style for that breed, but it’s incorrect to say the dog isn’t groomed according to the breed standard, in most cases.
Grooming for the show ring and the techniques used to accomplish the look of the “ideal” dog according to the breed standard is far different then grooming a pet. Very few pets are groomed using techniques to accomplish the look of the ideal breed according to that individual dog’s breed standard.