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Standard Poodle wins, Whippet gets Best Reserve, and the judge is probably gonna get jumped by Daniel's legion of new fans.

Wouldn't we like Poodles better if they had a less-antiquated standard for appearance?

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well, at least it wasn't the blasted wire fox terrier, I'm completely over that breed here.  I was rooting for Wilma the boxer but would have accepted Daniel since Goldens have never won.  I do admit the poodle was outstanding and at least it wasn't a toy or mini and she's a black standard poodle.

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I said the same thing, Mittengirl.  I knew there was no chance for the Sheltie or Golden when the Whippet won Reserve Champion.

 

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33 minutes ago, Lantern7 said:

Wouldn't we like Poodles better if they had a less-antiquated standard for appearance?

If I ruled the dog show world, I would outlaw combs and brushes and bows in the ring.  Treats are fine (who's a good dog!).  But I get so irritated when the handlers keep whipping out the combs in the middle of judging!  

I would also outlaw ear cropping, tail docking, and stupid haircuts.  The dogs should look like they look.  No adding anything, no taking away anything.  Standard poodles are beautiful dogs but that continental clip looks utterly ridiculous and claiming that it's actually practical because it keeps the dogs joints warm is stupid.  Like the incredibly top-heavy clip wouldn't drag the dog's head underwater!  Let the human interference stuff go and let's celebrate the actual dogs.

I was so glad to see a Golden win the Sporting group.  He was absolutely gorgeous!

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21 minutes ago, Frost said:

would also outlaw ear cropping, tail docking

Haven’t those procedures been outlawed in the U.K.?  Maybe all of Europe?  I would say it is past time for those procedures to be outlawed in the U.S. -  I mean by criminal law, not just in the show world.

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The Golden is a beautiful dog who should have won!

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6 hours ago, Sew Sumi said:

Siba wins. I'm shocked. Not.

No offense to poodles but ptooey...

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6 hours ago, Lantern7 said:

 

Wouldn't we like Poodles better if they had a less-antiquated standard for appearance?

I know I would !!!!!! Hate all those pom-poms and poof.  tw5xUk4.jpg At least these two won't be laughed at at the dog park !

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Of those seven, I would have put the Whippet as best.

But I’m always just a little bitter, since judges apparently don’t like big dogs.  Great Pyrenees never win group.

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Just imagine how much hair spray those poor poodles have inhaled over the years!  

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5 hours ago, Day2Day said:

I know I would !!!!!! Hate all those pom-poms and poof.  tw5xUk4.jpg At least these two won't be laughed at at the dog park !

THIS. I would totally be behind a poodle that looked like this. The poof ball cut makes me root against them every freaking year. I remember one year, the Standard Poodle AND the Toy Poodle both won their Groups and I spent Best In Show clenching my teeth and hoping they'd lose. 

I would have been behind Daniel, Wilma, or Conrad.  Or Bono. So disappointing. Vinny was cute, but a Fox Terrier wins just as often as a Poodle does. I'm sure Siba is a nice puff ball, but....no.

12 hours ago, Lantern7 said:

Huge ovation for Daniel. Of course, it's a dog show, so most of the crowd will be happy with the winner. Not like a judge has ever gotten booed for choosing Best in Show.

Whispers....I heard booing last night.

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On 2/12/2019 at 7:45 PM, Frost said:

I can't believe they don't have a back up judge!  It seems ridiculous to deny the Schipperke the opportunity to compete for Best in Show because of some relationship between his/her owner and the judge.  

It's one of the chances you take.  Winning the breed at Westminster is still worth competing for, even if you know you can't go further than that.  

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To paraphrase the announcer last night, let's talk about this: Irish Water Spaniel doesn't like the judge.  I love the moment toward the end of the clip when the spaniel walks by the dachshund and the dachshund is like, "Sorry dude, could have been me."  My dachshund would snap at anyone who even thought about looking at her teeth.

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43 minutes ago, JudyObscure said:

To paraphrase the announcer last night, let's talk about this: Irish Water Spaniel doesn't like the judge.  I love the moment toward the end of the clip when the spaniel walks by the dachshund and the dachshund is like, "Sorry dude, could have been me."  My dachshund would snap at anyone who even thought about looking at her teeth.

Anyone have flashbacks to Best In Show? Beatrice the Weimaraner going after the judge and being disqualified?

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4 hours ago, JudyObscure said:

To paraphrase the announcer last night, let's talk about this: Irish Water Spaniel doesn't like the judge.  I love the moment toward the end of the clip when the spaniel walks by the dachshund and the dachshund is like, "Sorry dude, could have been me."  My dachshund would snap at anyone who even thought about looking at her teeth.

If somebody asked me to "turn my head and bark" I would be pretty pissed too.

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6 hours ago, JudyObscure said:

I love the moment toward the end of the clip when the spaniel walks by the dachshund and the dachshund is like, "Sorry dude, could have been me." 

I think that was a Sussex Spaniel.  The dachshund was in a the Hound group.  

All I could think at the time was, I hope nobody gets mad at that dog behind the scenes!

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On 2/11/2020 at 10:49 PM, Frost said:

I would also outlaw ear cropping, tail docking, and stupid haircuts.  The dogs should look like they look.  No adding anything, no taking away anything.  Standard poodles are beautiful dogs but that continental clip looks utterly ridiculous and claiming that it's actually practical because it keeps the dogs joints warm is stupid.  Like the incredibly top-heavy clip wouldn't drag the dog's head underwater!  Let the human interference stuff go and let's celebrate the actual dogs.

I can't "like" this comment because I LOVE IT. LOVE IT. Thank you.

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When I was growing up, we had a brown poodle named Dino.  He was a doggy daredevil who lived to be 16 years old.  He jumped off a bridge, got hit by a Volkswagon, and was knocked unconscious by a piece of fire wood my dad was collecting on the beach.  Because he could escape from our six-foot fence, he was a dog on the loose in our neighborhood and probably fathered any number of labradoodles before they were an expensive designer dog.  Every spring the organic farmer in the neighborhood had a visit from Dino who rolled in manure and ran home to show off his seasonal perfume.  He was the antithesis of fussy dog show poodles.  I loved the silly thing, but he was totally my dad's dog.  

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On 2/12/2020 at 2:03 PM, JudyObscure said:

To paraphrase the announcer last night, let's talk about this: Irish Water Spaniel doesn't like the judge.  

You never know what's going to spook a dog, especially a young one, especially in a high intensity venue like that. Sometimes it's a judge wearing a weird hat. I remember one poor judge who was quite elderly and extremely unsteady and dog after dog was visibly uncomfortable being examined (and so was the audience, hoping he'd get through it without keeling over). He got to my girl and as he bent to look at her she just looked up and slurped his face. And we won.

Also saw a dog bite a judge, but it turned out the poor thing had an abscessed tooth so the judge made sure to note it so the excuse wouldn't count as viciousness.

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Siba appeared at the end of the season premiere of Last Week Tonight. Well, part of her did.

I know most of us prefer Daniel, but I feel bad for her about that angle.

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13 hours ago, kassa said:

He got to my girl and as he bent to look at her she just looked up and slurped his face. And we won.

She would have my vote!  I love me some dog kisses. 

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