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Living up in Scotland and seeing dogs on the moors, the heavily coated Irish would get very matted and wet and risk getting damaged. Setters that have too flat a coat have no insulation or protection from harsh foliage and little resistance to water. SO, it seems to me that the perfect coat is what used to be called "loose", i.e. there is sufficient volume of coat for protection but not so excessive it would stop the dog from working. They are a working breed and I thought that they should be "fit for purpose" which is why it is important that they have well padded feet, a loose coat, and the ability to be able to "pull" out when running. Cow hocks and "ten to two" front legs do not give them that ability. There is a lot of emphasis on heads and expression and huge coats to the detriment of the breeds overall construction. I look at photographs in the year books of what look like fab dogs and then when I go to a show and see the dog move it is so disappointing but hey ho that's a completely different topic - JUDGES!!!!!!
I've got that image of Jasper in the ring with a cuddly toy now, thats just what my Finlay would do (",)
Unfortunately, Rigsby came down with kennel cough over the weekend so I won't be going to Coventry but good luck all the same and try to enjoy yourself. After all, it's only a show and hopefully, one of many.
You can download a copy of the schedule here http://www.fossedata.co.uk/show_schedules/schedule.aspx?id=SAPC_NOV_12
judging starts at 9.30. There is a veteran bitch class first, then a Field Trial class but there are usually only 1 or 2 in that class, sometimes none at all. For a first champ show I would definately allow an hour. You will need to get a catalogue which are usually on sale inside the entrance, find your entry in the catalogue which will give you your bench number. On your bench you will find your ring number (or sometimes they give you the number in the ring but that is not often). Make sure you have your ring clip on or a pin to display the number which must be on show all the time you are in the ring. Don't go first, then you can watch what others have to do. When you have finished showing and your bitch is settled go back to the ring and watch others, that is one way to pick up some good tips, see how they hold the head, where they place the lead when the dog is stacked, where they place the lead when the dog is moving. I didn't enter, now kicking myself as I wish I was going. So have fun and good luck.