I have a question brought on by a comment I read on this thread. It was mentioned that dogs meant to be shown in the speciality class are "overdone". What is different about these labs as opposed to regular show labs?
I am a complete novice when it comes to showing labs, mine are from what I have been told whippets.
I have a question.
Has anyone here ever heard a strictly show breeder say that they breed for the extreme rather than moderation? It seems every one I've heard/talked to claims moderation.
Mousse... I have known people to do it. If you have a dog with too soft a coat - mousse them and it hardens up the coat. Not something I would care to do because you are misrepresenting your dog. I just give them a bath about a week before the show or brush off the mud before we go into the ring. I do spray on a mixture of Listerine and water to get a better sheen on my dogs coat. (I do prefer field but since I do have a couple pretty dogs I might as well show them). I have seen people mousse the tail as well to get it to look fuller. You can buy shampoo that makes the coat more wiry, black stuff made specifically to put on your dogs nose if your dog has dudley nose. All kinds of things... I have a friend who spent hours getting his golden ready for the ring and had all kinds of different colored powders to highlight her face. Kind of interesting... A whole different world. He even took a class on how to trim your dog to hide faults. A whole different world.
Julie (High Voltage Retrievers) Life is to short to hunt with an ugly dog. Hunting is more fun with a good dog no matter how ugly it is.
I have personally had my hands on three show Labs that had very blunt ends to their tails rather than a taper...and all three were missing the very tip of their tails (maybe an inch). The scar tissue was obvious when I looked through the hair. It happens when people confuse an otter tail...meaning wide at the base and tapering to the tip....with a blunted, thick club.
I have seen moussed Labs as well, again with the tail thing being primary. Make that hair stand out so it looks even thicker. While it may not be common/everybody doing it, it is done.
And not every show is going to have huge Lab entries....making a major is not always easy. Different areas of the country can vary widely as to entries.
I read Julie's post as saying she went to the Potomac show because the Chessie specialty was going to be held on those grounds. Sounds like she just wanted to see the show grounds prior to attending the specialty.
BTW, I am familar with your dogs and even considered breeding to Chase back in the day. I was very sad to hear when he passed. That similar pedigree is still very prevalent in the show ring for chocolates. Great examples of dogs that can do it all. I applaud your contributions to the breed!
Uh huh. Well, Sharon and Julie are on here a lot. Never thought either one of them to be a...liar.
You really are digging yourself a big hole. Stop now.
Charlotte Kaiser: " The Problem Lies In The Talent."