Video: Poodle Examination
Today we will talk about the shortcomings encountered in the representatives of the breed, in the expectation that the study of the shortcomings of the poodle will allow a fuller assessment of its merits. A total of 19 exterior defects were described, 10 of them being masked by a haircut, while the remaining 9 were not covered with wool.
Dog A. For exhibition photographs, the poodle is often shot 3/4 full-face, as its body always looks "more square".
Such a perspective is inconvenient for an expert, although it allows demonstrating the correct haircut and proud posture so characteristic of a poodle. In this case, 3/4 full face allows you to focus on a number of important structural features of the poodle's head.
When looking at the head from the front, it is very important to make sure that the cheekbones and cheek muscles are flat, as required by the standard (once you see the perfect poodle head, you will remember it forever). Very dark, oval cut of the eyes is characterized by a lively, cheerful, full of intelligence and enthusiasm expression. The infraorbital area is moderately filled and, as stated in the 1986 English Standard, there should be no dents on the face under the eyes. It is to these features of the head that I wanted to draw your attention.
Toy poodle, Riga, Baltic Winner 2013, 9-10 Nov
The distance between the forelegs in the 3/4 frontal view illustrates a moderately broad chest. At the same time, the chest should be deep, and how much better can be seen in the drawing of the poodle in profile, but first, let's start looking for defects.
Dog B. Thick, natural elastic structure of the coat (curly or curly) hides in whole or in part ten defects. In order to highlight these shortcomings, I numbered them and put them on the drawing.
Dog C, or dog B without hair. In dog B, the coat hides the following defects.
1. Irregular, rather flat on top than moderately rounded in profile and slightly domed in front of the skull.
2. Incorrectly set (above eye level) ears.
3. Too short ears.
4. Deer neck.
5. Steeply set shoulder blades.
6. Steep shoulders, in combination with a steep set of shoulder blades, raise the body above the level of the elbows.
7. Elbows are below chest level, which in this case is not due to insufficient depth of the body, but due to the reasons described above.
8. Feeling will show that because of the straight shoulders, the front part of the chest does not protrude in front, a depression is formed between the front limbs, and the lowest point of the chest moves back behind the front legs.
9. The position of the elbow does not coincide in this case with the lower level of the chest. The poodle standard forgets to mention; that the length of the forelegs from the elbow to the ground should exceed the depth of the chest.
10. Too long loin. The unsupported portion of the body between the last rib and the pelvis should be “short, broad and muscular. Probing is required here. It may turn out that the back (from the withers to the last rib) is too short, while the loin is long. It is worth noting (not illustrated here) that in most cases with a long loin, the body is elongated rather than square.
Dog D. This poodle exhibits nine defects not hidden by the coat. Five of them touch the head. Did you notice them? The first is a round rather than oval eye section. Second underdeveloped chin (overshot possible). The bite should be scissor or straight *.
* English standard only.
The third and fourth are hollows in the front under the eyes and overdeveloped cheekbones. Fifth - "raw" neck.
The remaining four drawbacks relate to the case. The sixth is too light a skeleton. The seventh is a low-set tail, and not because of the straightened angles of the hip joints, but because of the insufficient horizontal, as required by the standard, croup. Eighth shin too long. The standard says: "In the stand, the toes of the hind limbs go slightly beyond the line of the pelvis." The last, ninth and most significant defect is flat fingers.
Dogs D and E illustrate the standard of a poodle: D - clipped in a continental style, E - without hair. Describing the shortcomings of the breed, we had in mind these dogs as a standard. It should be recalled that, by standard, the poodle has a small patch just behind the withers. The format is square, like a Basenji or a Boxer; the length of the body from the forechest to the buttock is approximately equal to the height at the withers. The length of the forelegs is an important characteristic of a poodle's exterior. The standard only says that the forelegs should be straight. In addition, they should be moderately long, i.e., unlike most breeds in which the length of the forelegs is equal to the depth of the chest (elbows at chest level), the length of the front legs of the poodle exceeds the depth of the chest.
In Canada, in addition to undershot mouth, undershot and asymmetrical jaw, serious defects are incomplete dental formula. Serious defects also include cow and barrel-shaped hindquarters. For some reason, only the Canadian standard says that serious defects include the absence of membranes between the fingers, and I think we should also bear this in mind. In conclusion, I note that the Canadian standard pays attention to temperament, warning against timidity and spitefulness. And since the good disposition of the poodle is the most important feature of the breed, I would also warn against aggressiveness and lethargy.
In addition to the above, note that in black, blue, silver, cream and white poodles, the nose, edging around the eyes and lips should be black. The nails should also be black or match the main color. It will not be superfluous to mention that the eyes should be very dark. This also applies to poodles of apricot color, although they are allowed, but undesirable brown nose, edging around the eyes and lips. Brown poodles and cappuccino poodles, however, should have brown lobes, edging and lips. Disqualifying faults include the following three: the first is a haircut that does not correspond to the standard, the second is going beyond the upper or lower growth limits specified for each variety, the third, and, perhaps, causing the greatest confusion is two-color.Some colors are characterized by the presence of dark colored areas of the coat, which is not a defect. Disqualifying faults include discoloration, which manifests itself in clearly distinguishable spots of at least two different colors.
Robert Cole, "Dog World" magazine
translated from English by Galina Soroka, "Friend" magazine, 1994 - 5