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Show dog goldens being overly trimmed

The past year I have noticed a trend that I am not liking. I am seeing the goldens in the show rings coats look like they are being stripped or a clipped with a clipper with a 1 inch blade, completely all over their body. It is so sad, this a breed that is supposed to have a wash and wear coat with just trimmed feet and ears. I have even heard some stories that some of these dogs are actually shaved down so it grows in evenly like that ( not sure how true this is ).

Is this being done all over the country or just in the Midwest?

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I haven't noticed any looking like that around Ohio. I don't do conformation though. I am always too busy with performance activities.
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I have not noticed anything like that in the Northeast....


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The only dogs I've seen in the mid-Atlantic area that might meet that description are some of the young dogs under 18 mos. They look perfectly coifed; however the handful of those that I do know are not & have not been shaved or scissored to create the look. These are multi-purpose bred dogs as well, so not breedings w/ the whole intent to just win in the show ring.


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I completely agree. I have experimented trimming my dogs in a more extreme way and showing them neatened and natural. They definitely do better with more extreme grooming. Judges equate it with polish and being "serious", but it is incorrect. Frustrating.

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In TX it's like having Supermodels on display. They do look good but sometimes just a little too perfect, not a hair out of place, no waves.. flat iron? When you show around here they must pay the groomer extra! While they are beautiful I certainly can't see them running through a field! I don't do confirmation but love to watch, the darker dogs don't get as much attention either and seldom even see them. But wow, when you do they are gorgeous and really stand out.

Thanks for sharing this, there are hopes for my grooming skills after all.
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This thread is just plain disheartening. I love the idea of soaking each one with a hose as they enter the ring. (the dogs, not the judges ) Shame on the judges who reward this travesty.


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This thread is just plain disheartening. I love the idea of soaking each one with a hose as they enter the ring. (the dogs, not the judges ) Shame on the judges who reward this travesty.
One of the more fun shows we did last year... we had pouring rain. Like heavy pouring rain.

A lot of people rushed their dogs over from the grooming tents over to the show tent and had the dogs looking as poofed as possible for that first look the judge got as they went out into the ring. Beyond that there was nothing you could do.

Some people were actually skipping grooming completely (I didn't though because I knew the bigger people were not skipping grooming).

The dogs who had proper coats were fine. A lot of them, like Bertie, were damp on top or rain dappled but the coats for the most part stayed dry and the judge could tell.

The ones who had their coat blown open (puppies) got a bit more soaked and judge could tell.

The judge had a ball - and a lot of us were having fun as well. In between trying to keep our shoes on our feet while running through the mud.

I've been told, btw, to never use clippers or blades of any kind on the jacket especially. Because the coats won't look right when they grow back. So I don't know anyone who clips the coat. A lot of people groom the same way...

Only real overgrooming that I've seen are people removing too much around neck and head and trimming along the belly and down the legs. And people using flat irons on flips.

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OMGoodness! A FLAT IRON!?!?!?! I have now heard it all.


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OMGoodness! A FLAT IRON!?!?!?! I have now heard it all.
I have not seen the flat iron being used on the goldens, but I have seen plenty of people use it on other breeds.

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