Showsight Presents The Poodle

Official Standard for the POODLE CONTINUED COURTESY THE AMERICAN KENNEL CLUB The Standard for the Poodle (Toy variety) is the same as for the Standard and Miniature varieties except as regards heights

Gait: A straightforward trot with light springy action and strong hindquarters drive. Head and tail carried up. Sound effortless movement is essential. Temperament: Carrying himself proudly, very active, intel- ligent, the Poodle has about him an air of distinction and dignity peculiar to himself. Major fault: shyness or sharp- ness.

petitive Parade of Champions, Poodles may be shown in the "Sporting" clip. A Poodle shown in any other type of clip shall be disqualified. (1) "Puppy" - A Poodle under a year old may be shown in the "Puppy" clip with the coat long. The face, throat, feet and base of the tail are shaved. The entire shaven foot is visible. There is a pompon on the end of the tail. In order to give a neat appearance and a smooth unbroken line, shaping of the coat is permissible.

(2) "English Saddle" - In the "English Saddle" clip, the face, throat, feet, forelegs and base of the tail are shaved, leaving puffs on the forelegs and a pompon on the end of the tail. The hindquarters are cov- ered with a short blanket of hair except for a curved shaved area on each flank and two shaved bands on each hindleg. The entire shaven foot and a portion of the shaven leg above the puff are visible. The rest of the body is left in full coat but may be shaped in order to insure overall bal-

Major Faults: Any distinct deviation from the desired characteristics described in the Breed Standard. Disqualifications : Size - A dog over or under the height limits specified shall be disqualified. Clip - A dog in any type of clip other than those listed under coat shall be disqualified. Parti-colors - The coat of a parti-colored dog is not an even solid color at the skin but of two or more colors. Parti-

ance. (3) "Continental" - In the "Continental" clip, the face, throat, feet, and base of the tail are shaved. The hindquar- ters are shaved with pompons (optional) on the hips. The legs are shaved, leaving bracelets on the hindlegs and puffs on the forelegs. There is a pompon on the end of the tail. The entire shaven foot and a portion of the shaven foreleg above the puff are visible. The rest of the body is left in full coat but may be shaped in order to insure overall balance. (4) "Sporting" - In the "Sporting" clip, a Poodle shall be shown with face, feet, throat, and base of tail shaved, leav- ing a scissored cap on the top of the head and a pompon on the end of the tail. The rest of the body, and legs are clipped or scissored to follow the outline of the dog leav- ing a short blanket of coat no longer than one inch in length. The hair on the legs may be slightly longer than that on the body. In all clips the hair of the topknot may be left free or held in place by elastic bands. The hair is only of sufficient length to present a smooth outline. "Topknot" refers only to hair on the skull, from stop to occiput. This is the only area where elastic bands may be used. Color: the foregoing coloring is preferred, liver-colored noses, eye-rims and lips, and amber eyes are permitted but are not desirable. Major fault: color of nose, lips and eye- rims incomplete, or of wrong color for color of dog. Parti- colored dogs shall be disqualified. The coat of a parti-col- ored dog is not an even solid color at the skin but is of two or more colors.

colored dogs shall be disqualified.

Value of Points General appearance, temperament,

carriage and condition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30 Head, expression, ears, eyes and teeth . . . . . . . . . . .20 Body, neck, legs, feet and tail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 Gait . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 Coat, color and texture . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 TOTAL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .100

Approved August 1 4 , 1 9 8 4 Reformatted March 2 7 , 1 9 9 0

S HOW S IGHT M AGAZINE , S EPTEMBER 2017 • 273

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