Monday, 11 March 2013

Behind the painted mask

Boxer paint-job... photographed at Cruft's on Sunday.





21 comments:

  1. Don't you love farce?
    My fault, I fear.
    I thought that you'd want what I want...
    Sorry, my dear!
    And where are the clowns
    Send in the clowns
    Don't bother, they're here. !

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  2. Painting the dogs may be the least bad thing going on, but I don't like to see it. Unfortunatley coat testing caused such a furore a year or so ago people now think they can flout the rules.

    Any comment on the reserve BIS's weight issues?

    VP

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  3. Her whiskers have been amputated as well :-(

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  4. What in the face is painted? And why would they do that? (I thought hair dye in the show ring was reserved for brown poodles.)

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  5. Bahaha! Come on, the secret is blending! Blend, blend blend.

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  6. So did the painted boxer win anything ?

    What did the Judge think of it ?

    Can you confirm please that such tampering is breaking the Rules ?

    Looks pretty damned awful to me !

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  7. Poor dear looks like she just wants to go home, now.

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  8. Ok, the dog has some whitening powder on his mask, this will be brushed out eventually. Many dogs with white in the coat have powder applied to heighten the white and clean any dirt from the coat. Anyone who has tried to keep a white show dog clean knows how hard it is and a little powder, carefully brushed out won't hurt anyone and is not altering the dog's appearance, merely enhancing the coat. No different from a coat conditioner or clipping nails or trimming stray hairs. It does not alter the dog's conformation.

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    1. I agree everyone here even(Mrs. JH) needs to chill. this will be brushed out. this is used to cover dirt spots or green grass stains or yellowing from outdoors come on now.

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  9. No surprise to me. Like I said, people will do anything to win a contest, whether it means being anorexic, use steroids, breed extreme features, or in the mild case, paint their face.

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  10. Im sorry but I have white dogs and never do I add anything to his coat and yet all his critiques commemt on how beautiful amd gleaming his coat is. If you meed to add stuff there os something wrong there.

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  11. Funny thing. In Finland it is forbidden to put anything on dog's fur that would change its shape, quality or colour. Yet we still have some quite high quality dogs in here in many breeds. All the Smooth Collies in Cruft's this year, for example, were bred in Finland. It's strange, how can a dog manage without being coloured, I wonder...

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  12. Do they use chalk ??
    If so does it not rub of on the judge ?
    I know boxers are classed as clowns of the dog world by this is taking it to far ...lol

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    1. The chalk will be brushed off the face before the dog goes into the ring, which is the only place it's banned.

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  13. I was at Crufts this year and all the Boxers i seen looked very sad.

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    1. When you catch any of the dogs between gaping up at their handler's hands, they almost uniformly have the most profound look of hopelessness.

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  14. As far as I understand chalking, dyeing, artificial alteration, in fact anything that presents the dog in less than natural condition is banned, isn't it? But of course, where money is involved, where the desire to win a crummy piece of cardboard to boost the pathetic ego of the dog's owner anything, everything, is worth a try to deceive and ultimately WIN. I used to show Irish Setters for 40 years and the length of coat, hideous trimming is now "in". The English Setters is shaved to within an inch of it's life, horrible. Dog showing, no - it has gone beyond the point of decency, honesty, and desire to do the best by the dog and it's future.

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  15. That's because sadly the are!

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