Pure Breed and Free Style Classes Technical skills requirements

Pure Breed Classes - Breed Standard Referenced

In pure breed classes, contestants are judged on their ability to create the most perfect and correct breed profile. Typically, the latest trend in the conformation world is used as a reference along with the individual breed standard.
You can compete with any coat type.

 Types of Classes for Pure Breeds

  • A multitude of Coat Type Class Category
  • Curly Coat Type Class Category
  • Wire Coat Type Class Category
  • Sporting Coat Type Class Category

FreeStyle Classes - Breed Standard Referenced for Trim Style Requirements

In freestyle classes, competitors strive to create beautiful salon trim styles on pure breeds and mixed breeds and work their magic to create perfect purebred expressions and profiles on other pure breeds. Judges evaluate competitors on their ability to achieve overall balance and symmetry. Judges do not deduct if confirmation of a dog does not allow the competitor to create the perfect purebred expression and profile, however, judges do consider the trim is the right choice for the breed. Competitors use freestyle classes to complete trim style requirements for coat type certification and diploma program.
 

Types of Classes for Free Style

  • A multitude of Coat Type Class Category
  • Curly Coat Type Class Category
  • Wire Coat Type Class Category
  • Sporting Coat Type Class Category
Classes Combined or Conducted Separately
Classes conducted separately are judged separately. Combined classes are judged as one class.
For classes with less than 50 entries, if the number of entries in a purebred class is less than 10 then all competition dogs will be judged together and 1st, 2nd and 3rd placements awarded to class. 1st place winner will be a finalist for best in a show.
  
Primary & Secondary Technical Skills: PureBreed & FreeStyle Classes
The primary and secondary skills required to properly groom and style dogs in a specific class category are determined by the breed and the individual coat type. Primary technical skills are proper techniques required to promote healthy skin, proper coat texture, color and finish for the coat type and are typically applied to the show trim. Secondary technical skills are alternative techniques utilized to achieve a pet trim style. Primary and secondary skills may be scissoring, thinning and clipping or they may be carding, hand plucking, and hand-stripping.

 

Conformation Show Trims

Conformation show trims are defined as styles exhibited in the conformation ring. Trims may vary slightly from country to country and from region to region. Proper technical skills must be utilized to achieve the show trim style. 

  
Pet Trim Styles
Pet trims are defined as styles encountered in grooming salons. Pet trim styles vary from country to country and from region to region.  A variety of technical skills are utilized to achieve a pet trim style.
 
Products
Products are allowed on the coat to create texture and volume and to hold the coat in place. Products must not rub off on the judge's hands during the technical evaluation. Products may be applied prior to or during the time frame of the competition. Products are allowed after the competition during final presentations.

Coat Coloring Permitted Free Styles Classes

Slight coloring permitted to enhance freestyle trims.

Decorative Coat Art Not Permitted Pure Breed Classes
No decorative coat art required or permitted. Decorative objects, such as bows, beads, and glitter are not permitted, with exception of those permitted in conformation show rings for breeds with drop coats to create a proper headpiece, such as the Yorkshire terrier, Maltese, and Shih Tzu. Hair extensions of the same color range are permitted, however, they must be applied during competition. A competitor must notify judging panel during prejudging and before technical evaluation.

 

Decorative Coat Art Permitted Free Style
Decorative coat art required or permitted to enhance freestyle trims. Decorative objects, such as bows, beads, and glitter permitted. Conformation show rings for breeds with drop coats to create a proper headpiece, such as the Yorkshire Terrier, Maltese and Shih Tzu permitted. Hair extensions of the same color range are permitted, however, they must be applied during competition. A competitor must notify judging panel during prejudging and before technical evaluation.
 

CLASS RULES: FREESTYLE

This class is all about styling pure breeds in pet trim styles, pure breeds to look like other pure breeds, mixed breeds to look like pure breeds or using a combination of trim style components to create a unique trim style. All mixed and pure breeds are allowed so let your creativity run wild.

Exceptions to the Rule
All dogs must be styled in a pet trim or freestyle trim. Asian trim styles are included in this class.

Excluded from this Class Category and moved to another Class Category 

Pure breed groomed in his/her conformation trim style.

Included in this Class Category from another Class Category

  • Pure breeds groomed in pet trims, for example, Pomeranian in a lion trim.
  • Pure breeds groomed to appear like another pure breed. Example, Poodle styled in Bedlington Trim.
  • Mixed breeds groomed to appear like a pure breed.
  • Asian type trim styles.

Time Frame
Time Frame Determined by Height of Dog
16 inches and under                            
1:45 Hours

Over 16 inches up to 20 inches  
2:00 Hours

Over 20 inches up to 23 inches     
2:15 Hours

Over 23 inches  
2:30 Hours