What is the difference between a show quality poodle and a pet quality poodle? Sometimes an almost unnoticeable variation from the breed standards set by the American Kennel club can make all the difference. How can you tell whether the puppy you’re buying has the potential to be a show dog?
Coloring is one very important aspect. While some natural variation in the colors of the animal’s coat is allowed, such as darker fringing on the ears, the animal’s coloring at the skin must be clear and even. Parti-colored dogs are not eligible for AKC shows. Additionally, the color of the eyes, lips, nose, eye-rims and toenails must meet specific standards for conformation shows. A puppy could thus be classified as pet quality because its toenails are too dark or its eyes too light.
The dog’s muzzle must be strong, with a definite chin, and it must have a perfect scissor bite. A dog with a slight overbite would be considered pet quality. Even a curled tail could disqualify a dog from shows.
a reputable breeder is a must for show dogs
Here at Homestead Poodles, we have both show quality and pet quality dogs, and we will never try to sell you one for the other. While it is impossible to tell exactly what a puppy will look like as an adult, we can be more certain of its quality when we have bred them carefully. All our breeding dogs are genetically tested for PRCD-PRA. They have five-generation pedigrees and are carefully examined for any potentially disqualifying characteristics. You can be assured that if you are looking for a show dog, you will be getting the best possible puppy for your purpose.