Points of the perfect black poodle, as defined by the Poodle Club. Secretary, Mr. L. W. Crouch, The Orchard, Swanley Village, Kent. General Appearance. - That of a very active, intelligent, and elegant-looking, dog, well built, and carrying himself very proudly. Head. - Long, straight, and fine, the skull not broad, with a slight peak at the back. Muzzle. - Long (but not snipy) and strong; not full in cheek; teeth white, strong, and level; gums black; lips black and not showing lippiness. Eyes. - Almond-shaped, very dark, full of fire and intelligence. Nose. - Black and sharp. Ears. - The leather long and wide, low set on, hanging close to the face. Neck. - Well proportioned and strong, to admit of the head being carried high and with dignity. Shoulders-. - Strong and muscular, sloping well to the back. Chest. - Deep and moderately wide. Back, - Short, strong, and slightly hollowed, the loins broad and muscular, the ribs well sprung and braced up. Feet. - Rather small and of a good shape, the toes well arched, pads thick and hard.

Legs

Fore set straight from shoulder, with plenty of bone and muscle; hindlegs very muscular and well bent, with the hocks well let down. Tail. - Set on rather high, well carried, never curled, or carried over back. Coat. - Very profuse, and of good, hard texture; if corded, hanging in tight, even cords; if non-corded, very thick and strong, of even length, the curls close and thick, without knots or cords. Colours. - All black, all white, all red, all blue. The white poodle should have dark eyes, black or very dark liver nose, lips, and toe-nails. The red poodle should have dark amber eyes, dark liver nose, lips, and toe-nails. The blue poodle should be of even colour, and have dark eyes, lips, and toe-nails. All the other points of white, red, and blue poodles should be the same as in the perfect black poodle. N.B. - It is strongly recommended that only one-third of the body be clipped or shaved, and that the hair on the forehead be left on.

POODLES. Champion Orchard Admiral and  L'Enfant Prodigue,' owned by Mrs. Crouch

Photo by J. J. Gibson, Penge.

POODLES. Champion " Orchard Admiral" and " L'Enfant Prodigue,' owned by Mrs. Crouch.

Also catered for by the Curly Poodle Club, Hon. Secretary, Miss F. Brunker, Whippendell House, King's Langley, Herts.

Value of Points

General appearance and movement...

15

Head and ears ..............

15

Eyes and expression

10

Neck and shoulders.

10

Shape of body, loin, back, and carriage of stern .............

15

Legs and feet ......

10

Coat, colour, and texture of coat......

15

Bone, muscle, and condition ...........

10

Total

100