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Sanctioned Class Rules 

Acceptable coat growth for all GT sanctioned classes:
It is the responsibility of the show promoter and /or their designated judges to determine adequate coat growth.


Acceptable Styling for all GT sanctioned classes:

  • All styling must take place during the time frame of the competition except where noted below.
  • All dogs must be groomed according to breed standard with the exception of Poodle as noted below.
  • All dogs may have sanitary and pads shaved prior to class start.
  • All dogs may have nails trimmed and ears cleaned prior to class start.
  • Finishing sprays, are permissible in order to tidy up after competition time frame ends however, re-shaping with water or
    product application is prohibited.
  • Chalk products are permissible prior to and during the competition time frame but are prohibited after time is called.
  • Wire Coats must be hand stripped. Clippers are only permissible as presented in the conformation show ring.
  • Sporting coats must be carded and/or hand stripped. Clippers are only permissible as presented in the conformation
    show ring.
  • Other Purebreds must be styled as presented in the conformation show ring.
  • Poodles can be styled as presented in the conformation show ring or pet trims, provided they respect the breed profile as
    set forth by the standard.

POODLES:
Acceptable breeds: All sizes, natural colors of purebred Poodles
This class may be split into two separate classes as follows: 17” and under, Over 17”
      11” and under – 1:30 (One hour & thirty minutes)
      Over 11” up to and including 17” – 1:45 (one hour and forty-five minutes)
      Over 17” up to and including 23” – 2:00 (Two hours)
      Over 23” – 2:15 (Two hours and fifteen minutes)
When splitting the Poodle class the following stipulations apply:

  1. A competition must take place between the three finalists from each of the two Open Division Poodle classes to determine
    the placements of the combined Poodle class, for a final 1st, 2nd and 3rd for all Open Division Poodles. Only the Final place
    winners may be awarded GT points.
  2. Only the final Poodle class point winners will be eligible to represent Open division in the Poodle Group.

Poodle Styling: All pet and show poodle styles are acceptable provided they respect the breed profile of the poodle.

  • Feet must be shaved
  • Feet may be shaved prior to competition start time. NO extra time will be permitted if not completed prior to class start.
  • Face must be shaved during competition time frame
  • Small mustache or goatee are permitted
  • Scissored face styles such as Bichon or scissored type faces are prohibited
  • Show topknots may be pre-banded, including hair extensions prior to the start of the class, spray up products are prohibited prior to the start of the class.


Sporting:
Acceptable breeds Open Division: Spaniels and Setters (see specific breed list)
Styling: Must be groomed to breed profile as presented in the conformation show ring.
Time frame: 2 hours

All Wire Coated Pure Breeds
Acceptable breeds, Open Division: Pure breeds with wire coat types that are hand stripped. (See specific breed list)
Styling: Must be groomed to breed profile as presented in the conformation show ring.
Time Frames: See specific breed List.

Other Pure Breeds:
Acceptable breeds, Open Division: See specific breed list
Styling: Must be groomed to breed profile as presented in the conformation show ring.
Time Frames: See specific breed List.