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I am happy to see and say that all the examples of breeds I have owned - show very little change in conformation over the years - according to these examples at least in comparison to my dogs. The Dalmatian, the Pointer and the Poodle could stand next to my dogs and could be their parents/relatives. This was one of the reasons for deciding on each of my dog breeds in the past. I really don't like what has happened to so many breeds out there..
 

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I see that these are pictures from Great Britain. I lived in Scotland from 1966 to 1970 and it was there that I got started in dog shows - with a GSD and an apricot toy poodle.


Grooming in Great Britain was pretty iffy in those days. What was a decent grooming job there was atrocious in the USA. Even today I don't think exhibitors in the UK typically groom as well as exhibitors in the USA. When we moved back to the USA I had to invest in better grooming equipment and learn to groom!


I bought my first standard poodle in 1973. The breeders were wealthy and paid for him to be handled by Bobby Peebles - one of the best poodle handlers and groomers of all time. I learned to groom by helping Bobby brush out dogs at shows - I expect that's how many people learn to groom for show - they learn from their dog's handler. The best compliment I ever received, I think, was when I beat Bobby and he said "you learned to groom too d.... well".
 

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“The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there.” (L.P. Hartley, “The Go-Between”). Smoking, grooming, presentation and comportment of judges were different, so true that the poodles are the same:)
 

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Thank You! I really really enjoyed this! I love comparing the grooming of the past with the grooming of now................but yes, the dogs are not much changed!
 
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The grooming does look very amateur, doesn't it? I don't think spray and wiggies, etc, are accepted at UK shows even now, but cuts look much crisper and poodles better presented at the regional UK shows I went to a few years back. 1970 feels no time at all ago to me, but I suppose it is nearly 50 years...

Another thing that has changed is human fashion of course!
 
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