Originally Posted by StormyBlues
nrhareiner- there are dog standards with hair, some dogs have to be corded, some have to be never cut except when it gets WAY to long etc.
Yes there are standards on dog breeds as to color and certain other things when it comes to their hair but NOT how a dog is trimmed.
And some breeds do have standards. I have seen it. And I highly doubt a horse would do well(ie- placing in top three at highly rated shows) at hunters with a long mane.
Again DISCIPLINE related not breed related. There is a difference.
Here is the breed standard for Goldens one of the breeds I show. As you can see it states you can trim stray hairs but coat should not be altered but cutting or clipping. I will tell you that there are areas of the dog that do get clipped and cut past the feet. Coat
Dense and water-repellent with good undercoat. Outer coat firm and resilient, neither coarse nor silky, lying close to body; may be straight or wavy. Untrimmed natural ruff; moderate feathering on back of forelegs and on underbody; heavier feathering on front of neck, back of thighs and underside of tail. Coat on head, paws, and front of legs is short and even. Excessive length, open coats, and limp, soft coats are very undesirable. Feet may be trimmed and stray hairs neatened, but the natural appearance of coat or outline should not be altered by cutting or clipping.
The Poodle is one of the fed breeds of dogs that sets as part of their standard who a dog MUST be trimmed in a conformation class.