Thanks for the info about the Pek. I feel much better now. I was all worried about him, the poor little furry bug. (That is exactly what he looks like) I figured that the dogs were all cut certain ways for a reason, but he just looked so uncomfortable to me. The shoes to me are still unexplainable. I understand about comfort, but my goodness, I know there have got to be some better looking comfortable shoes our there. And like the last poster said, worn with a fancy dress? YIKES!!!!
Yes, I remember them saying that the Tibetan Terrier really isn't a Terrier. And the something????? Spaniel that was right before or after it, wasn't really a Spaniel? Then why the name? I got lost on that one.
Hi everyone, I love dog shows? Have you all seen the movie, "Best in Show", it is soooo funny!! I am a nurse and I wouldn't be caught dead in those shoes. I wonder the same thing all the time. Did you see that handler in the bright purple dress with those shoes. I guess she wasnt worried about distractions. Anyone catch the Agility National Finals on Animal planet. That is what I am hoping to do. Those dang border collies are sooo fast!!
Hey, I am one of those nut cases! You should have seen me when I took Lexie in to be bathed at the groomer's once, they cut her panties!!! You know, the long fur on their back end. I never told them to do that and it looked awful, it takes a long, long time to grow back.
As far as shoes go, I wear Hushpuppies, lol! My shoes aren't the most attractive either but they are soooooo comfortable. I have a black pair and a brown pair and yes I am on my feet a long time grooming my two Aussies to show and then standing around waiting my turn in the ring. Then if I win, I have to stick around longer and groom my dog again. It can be a long day so if I don't win I'm happy in that I can go back to my hotel and put my feet up and relax. Also, you do not want to detract from the dog by wearing clod-hoppy shoes or click-clackity heels.
I wasn't aware that clipping or shaving the coat would change it's texture. To me, genes are genes and you can't change that. I was always told that if you shave the coat it just takes forever to grow back and you are losing valuable show time. Once I finish my dogs I am definitely going to shave my blue merle, she sheds something terrible! The merle coats are different than the tri coats. The tri coats are soft and silky and the merle coats are coarse.
I think the pekes do waddle but in my opinion the judges and show people are wanting to sound more tactful and prestigious by saying they "roll" lol! "And here is the Pekinese with his beautiful waddle" ha, ha, he, he, I'm cracking myself up, I know I'm a nutcase. :p
***Edited By: Ln on 2/15/2005 1:32:25 PM*** Reason: spelling
I think those pekes look like the walking footstool from Beauty and the Beast. LOL. Their face is just a black hole. As for the shoes, why not change to something decent for the ring and then wear your tennies in between? They all look like my first year nursing instructors who served in world war II.
Now I'm thinking of growing out layla's coat and topknot. Think she would like wearing that "beehive" they do on the shih tzus?
Actually I do change into tennis shoes when I remember. Mainly because I don't want to get powder all over them. I don't know, I was just told that we need to wear those kind of shoes. Another thing, I really don't like heels. Maybe most dog people are not heel kind of people? I don't like wearing dresses and panty hose but I do. Maybe I'll surf the web and see if I can come up with a reason for wearing ugly shoes while showing. I do think you should go for the beehive do with your dog. Take pics when you do!
As far as the movement and appearance in the Peke, I haven't read the AKC standard, but the CKC (Cdn) standard does not have any requirement regarding movement.
They were origionally bred to wrap their legs around the Emporer's arm and be carried like that, hence the bowed legs.
As to the shoes, I watched a very stylish friend zip by me in the ring one day with a Sammy on the end of the lead, she had on a soft green ankle length skirt suit and a pair of lace up brown dress boots with leather soles, the picture of style and elegance. Just as she ran up on the stand for exam her foot slid on the mat and she took a serious fall into the fence and the crates and tables at ringside. she needed several stitches in her chin and her ankle was really badly sprained.
When you are running not only are you running full out but you are using an artificial gait designed to appear smooth along side of the dog and ensure the judge's eyes are directed toward the dog and not the other end of the lead.
***Edited By: TJRuff on 2/15/2005 3:39:53 PM*** Reason: sp
Also I have to point out that most people only wear the sequin dresses and super nice outfits to westminster and no other dog shows. So those shoes are what they wear during all their other shows. No one I know changes clothes for Best in Show judging at any atlanta dog shows I go to.. But everyone changes clothes for BIS judging at Westminster!
Regarding changing shoes right before you go into the ring? Haha!! Easier said than done! When I was showing I remmeber two seperate times I took an 'nice' pair of shoes to wear into the ring. But you are so busy looking at dogs, talking to friends, grooming, waiting for your name to be called, gettting the dog set up, etc. believe me changing shoes is the *LAST* thing on your mind. Neitehr time that I took other shoes did I remember to change into them. Which I was ok with, they weren't nearly as comfortable as the shoes I was in anyway.
In addition, you really don't know how long you are going to be out there in the ring. If there's a big entry you may be out there standing up with little motion with your dog for more than an hour, it's not a quick in and out. Yes, the judge only gets to look at the dog for about 1 minute, 1 minute 30 seconds tops, but when you are gaiting your dog, the dog goes off of your gait. If you're running goofy because your shoes aren't absolutely comfortable, the dog may also run goofy. And the show isn't about the handler (well ideally) but about the dog.
I actually have to take one of my dogs to another clinic and I plan to make sure tehy know not to touch his hair unless the sky is falling. Most vets also just cut right into the hair, they don't move it out of the way and just cut a little. If you went straight into one of my dogs leg coat is cut a cathater spot, my dog is out of the ring for 2 years with that 5 seconds of trimming.
Many of the terriers are hand stripped instead of shaved down. We also have special stripping knives that cut the hair like a razor blade instead of sahving.
And the peke is all hair. Those breeds you spend hours fluffing, back brushing, teasing that hair. The reason show people dont want you to touch the dog ringside is not beacuse they are jerks, but one misplaced patt and squash an hours painful teasing and brushing.
Also, hair starts to drop and drope. Right before I go into the ring I take a fine tooth comb and run it through my dogs legs, espcally the hocks and and hair that is compressed by movement. All of that matinence of perfection for your five minutes in the ring, chuckle.
Yay!!! The German Shorthair Pointer won, IMHO she looked the best of all the dogs in the BIS judging. I know Co-Co was prolly favored to win as a returning champ, but I really didn't think she looked her best. She seemed more focused on bouncing around, she just didn't shine the way I've seen her show in the past. The GSP was completely on the mark in all ways, especially when the judge asked the handlers to free stack their dogs. She looked awesome.
I agree with you, Minniyar. She stacked perfectly every time and every time i'm sitting there like "wow!" She really deserved the win. Her handler was the same woman who handled Josh to his win last year. So that woman will definitely be in demand this coming year!
I agree. That pointer was absolutely beautiful...she looked like a painting standing there so still and alert. I did like her the best. As for the peki, I just can't bring myself to think that those things are cute. I love dogs and probably would love that dog, but as for being cute...no where close! I'm sure that there are some peki owners that would be completely upset by my saying this, but I just can't help it...I couldn't even look at him when they showed him. Sorry! But I am glad that the pointer won!