Showsight Presents The Poodle

poodle Q&A WITH DEBRA FERGUSON JONES, NANCY HAFNER, DORIS COZART, KAY PEISER AND JACQUELINE RUSBY

KAY PEISER

Kay grew up in the sport of dogs. She traveled to dog shows with her parents, Dick and Ida Baum and her three sisters, Nan- cy, Jill and Lynn. Her first juniors dog was a Doberman but she has shown many breeds over the years. She still has poodles, but has also done quite well with her Chinese Cresteds in recent years. I live in Micanopy, Florida. As

“NOT ONLY ARE THEY FANTASTIC HOUSE PETS, BUT POODLES ARE ALSO HYPOALLERGENIC WHICH MAKES THEM IDEAL FOR PEOPLE WITH ALLERGIES.”

far as anything outside of dogs, most everything I do involves dogs to some extent, but I would say travel is the one thing I do most outside of actual dog shows. I got my first Poodle to show about 31 years ago and have never been without Poodles since. I have bred many titlehold- ers under the Kaylen’s name. I have actually been showing dogs for about 52 years now. JACQUELINE RUSBY Jacqueline has been judging

2 What are your “must have” traits in this breed? DFJ: Typie, correct construction, soundness. NH: Level top line, high set tail, front set under the withers, its always about balance! Balanced in bone for each of the three varieties: Toy’s must look like a Toy and Minia- tures like a Miniature with Standards like Standards. Too much bone is as wrong as to little bone. In each of the varieties. Always look for elegant, square, moving effortless with carriage. Head up and tail up, groomed to the nines! Not overdone in length of top knots as that becomes out of balance. DC: Square! It is one of the hardest faults to breed out. Expression—there should be an intelligent look. Good condition, correct bite with clean teeth and the correct foot. An attitude of “Here I am and know I’m special.” 3. What makes a Sporting dog the ideal companion in the 21st century? KP: Not only are they fantastic house pets, but Poodles are also hypoallergenic which makes them ideal for people with allergies. 4. What about the breed makes it a great show dog? KP: People tend to forget the Poodle is a retriever even though it is in the non-sporting group, so they have a natural athletic ability in the show ring, not to mention the haircuts they are required to be in for showing. Most Poodles when groomed tend to “show off” as well. JR: Poodles enjoy company and love to show. 5. What about the breed is most misunderstood by the general public? KP: The “general public” tends to look at Poodles as simply a “fluffy foo foo” dog and they are so much more.

for 25 years, 23 years licensed, and judges all breeds. She is a Life Member of the Canadian Kennel Club, a member and former Trea- surer of the Canadian Dog Judges Association, a past President of the Hochelaga Kennel Club and Mount Royal Toy Dog Fanciers and past Conformation Direc- tor of the Ottawa Valley Poodle Club. She is also a member of the American Dog Judges’ Institute. She is a former breeder of all

varieties of Poodles. In earlier years she also participated in Obedience Trials as well as Conformation Shows. Her travels now take her for judging in Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Canada, Chile, Columbia, Denmark, Mexico, New Zealand, South Africa, Thailand and the US. I live in South Shore of Montreal, Quebec; Canada. I’ve had Poodles since 1959; judging since 1990; licensed in 1992. 1. Describe the breed in three words. DFJ: Elegant, dignity, square. NH: Elegant, balanced and carriage. Must be groomed in our correct clip for the age! DC: Intelligent, elegant and active. These are from the first paragraph of our standard, which describes the Poodle quite well. KP: Smart, beautiful and misunderstood. JR: Intelligent, beautiful, pliant.

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