Yeah I thought so. I think continental is allowed but not favored on a puppy. I just clipped my 8 month old into a continental because I wasn't planning on showing until after a year. Of course, now I am wishing I could enter the Poodle Specialty in a month Oh well. She feels a lot better in the continental with the warm weather here anyway. Thanks for the input.Pretty sure it's the standard that they be in puppy clip. I personally hate the puppy clip but puppies kind of look weird in a continental.
I was re-reading the AKC standard and saw this partAny Poodle of any age may be clipped in a Continental and shown in Open. A puppy shown in Open may be shown in a puppy clip but if it is shown in a Puppy class it must be in a puppy trim.
Delilah's sire was a serious hair factory and he physically matured very early. At 11 month, he was put into pattern and shown in Open. He got his last major that way and finished.
I guess you are right. I've just NEVER seen anyone show a puppy in a puppy class in anything other than a Puppy Trim. This is because most dogs don't have enough hair to pull off a Continental and many Poodles actually look better in a Puppy Trim.It sounds like the puppy can be shown in any of the clips in the puppy class. Is there a rule book or something else I should be going by for AKC shows?
Yes, I think it is sort of an unwritten rule I wrote to the Poodle Club of America just to be sure. I got a response and they said it is acceptable to show a puppy in any of the approved clips. So it is legal, but probably not the best idea since puppies still need a lot of maturation before they look great in that clip. Thanks for the feedback. I am learning much from being part of this forum.I guess you are right. I've just NEVER seen anyone show a puppy in a puppy class in anything other than a Puppy Trim. This is because most dogs don't have enough hair to pull off a Continental and many Poodles actually look better in a Puppy Trim.
If you have enough hair to pull off a correct Continental, then it is in your best interests to move up to Open since some judges won't do for puppies.
This morning at the West Oahu KC show in Kapolei, they had puppies in continental. So, it's not uncommon here.