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I have a question for you guys who show poodles. And remember, this question is coming from someone rather clueless. . . I'm wondering why sometimes in the puppy clip they trim the hips so angular... kind of like the first 3 poodle pictures I attached. The poodles are gorgeous. . I'm just wondering if there's a reason for this or is it just a matter of personal preference? Of course this is my own unqualified personal opinion of course, but I really like the rounded look better, like the last 3. It just seems more lifelike rather than mechanical, I guess. I thought maybe if I understood the reasoning behind the clip I'd appreciate it a little better. :)

I know...it could be much more angular. . .maybe like the last one? jk
 

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It shows the correct angulation in the back area. The angles have to add up to 90 degrees. Unless you breed, groom and show, it means nothing. Its just a look! Its all done with fur, removing more, leaving some on. The groom is done to accentuate a nice dog and to camoflage an incorrect dog.
 

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I just came across this post in a search and wondered about the same thing. Can't the dog's angles be shown without the pointiness? I would think you could soften the edges and still accentuate good points/camouflage weaknesses. Flufflvr, you worded that so nicely (I thought maybe if I understood the reasoning behind the clip I'd appreciate it a little better."). I think the softer trims you posted are gorgeous. I wonder how many pointy dogs win compared to the softer edged dogs. If the pointy look didn't get wins, they wouldn't groom them this way.
 
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