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Well you need to get a series of stack photos and compare it to the standard of perfection.

All Poodles have the same standard as they are considered one breed save for their size. So to be of show/breeding quality you dog would have to have Poodle type.

They should be square in body, that means from the point of chest to the point of hip should be equal as the hight from withers to ground. Level topline and a good tail set, not low and not too high.

They should have a moderate stop with a slightly rounded top skull, with ears set in line with the eyes. The muzzle should be well defined with a closed lip, flat cheeks and it should be the same in length as the skull.

There are also minute things that are looked at by judges but a well put together dog will stand out.

Normally what the puppy looks like at 8 weeks they will look like when mature so if you have a nice puppy you will more then likely have a nice dog.

So when I look at a potential show pup I want so see a nice square animal with good head shape, well set ears, not to much rear angulation, nice fore frount and chest.

To me this is a nice puppy

If you have a dog in mind post some pictures!


You will never have a perfect dog though. So if your dog has a slightly longer back but everything else is very nice..then take that. Bigest things with poodles that will tell you right away if you have a show potential is; tail set, movement, and feet. You can't hide or camouflage those things. Also an 8 weeks beautiful puppy can still fall apart later. Yes, they say what it looks like at 6 or 8 wks is what it should mature to conformation wise but that doesn't always happen. Ive seen many dogs fall apart right at that 10-11 month age that looked great at 6-8 wks.

I have a stacked pic of my boy Mikey that I intend to show soon. Im not thrilled about his head but everything else is good so far. He is almost 11 months. Try to take a few side stacked, front, and rear stacked pics of your baby. Here is a stacked pick of my boy below... he's not perfect but he has nice qualities I like in a Poodle.
 

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I realy think the tail is one important factor for a Poodle. Now that I have Mikey, I really see the difference between my boys tails. Mikeys is thick at the base and held high and straight up. Eli's is thin and low set.... he hardly ever carries it high because its too low set. (plus his tail was docked too short) Eli's tail really takes away from him ... it sucks !!

I really want to get movement shots of Mikey taken. This is the perfect thread to post them too as we are all judging dogs and learning. Im going to do my best to get them taken tomorrow.
 

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I think Finn's curly tail is cute, but I had a feeling it was too curly. The breeders did tell me he was the least show quality of the bunch and his tail wasn't quite right. We didn't pick him because of showing, we picked the most laid back of the puppies.

When he walks his tail CURLS big time. It's straight only when he sleeps. But, it is pretty dang cute.

Thanks for the website, will come in handy when picking our next dog, plus it's an interesting read to know more about the breed.

His tail is not thick at the root, it's kinda thin, is this bad for his health? Or is it curly because the dock is pretty long?

I think some Poodles just have a curled tail more then other's. Eli's tail came over his back but after we had it docked, there was no way it could. Even if the doc had left 2 more inches (like he was supposed to) you wouldn't of noticed that his tail curled over the back some. I personally think that it's more common then people want to let on. Thats for any breed that has docked tails. I don't believe it would effect the dogs health any....Ive never heard of it doing so.
 
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