I have thought about that but here is my reason for keeping him in coat (the best I can). I want terribly to get back into showing dogs. I miss it terribly and want to show again. I also have found out how much I absolutely LOVE this poodle (never had a poodle before). From the sounds of it his personality is pretty typical of a poodle. So when I am able to get back into showing, I think I may want to consider a standard poodle. BUT I know there is a huge amount of grooming to keep them in show coat. SO, I want to try with Cash, to make sure that it is something that I will be able to dedicate myself to. This way, if I find that the the care it takes to keep a standard poodle in coat is more than I can handle, I can consider this when deciding on a breed to show. And also, I'm not sure how much difference it would make to the breeder, but if I could say, yes, I can keep a poodle in show coat and have him to prove, would it make a difference?