CREATIVE STYLING CONTEST RULES

Anything goes in IJA Sanctioned Creative Styling Classes

The purpose of creative styling competitions is to give competitors the opportunity to let their creativity run wild and take a walk on the wild side rather than the conservative side. Different classes for all levels of expertise are offered to encourage bathers, groomers and stylists to participate. From expert to new, these competitions are definitely for you! Creative styling classes are open to all purebred and mixed breed dogs.

 

Time Frames Established by Coat Types and Size

To offer the ultimate arena when it comes to fairness in ring, different time frames are allowed for coat type and size of dog. Why? Because specific coat types are more challenging than others to sculpture, color and decorate and the larger the dog, the more time required to achieve an overall finished creation.

 

Classes for Everyone

Many creative artists love to perform in front of a crowd and are fabulous entertainers while others prefer to create their masterpiece behind the scenes and then present to the judging panel. To create a class for all creative artist, IJA offers 2 different types of competitions.

 

*For shows with less than 50 entries, if the number of entries in a creative class is less than 10 for In the Ring and Out of Ring, all levels will be judged together and 1st, 2nd and 3rd placements awarded to class. 1st place winner will be a finalist for best in show.  

 

Creative Creations Created IN THE RING

Competitor complete 50% during competition. The higher the percentage completed in the ring, the higher the difficulty.

 

Creative Creations Created OUTSIDE THE RING

Competitor completes 100% out of the ring. This can be a team presentation or an individual competitor can present the dog.

 

5 Categories in Creative

3 of the 5 creative categories are about technical skills applied to competition dog and 2 of the 5 categories are about creating backdrop with costumes and performing a skit, dance or reciting a poem. Separating what the competitor creates on the competition dog from what the competitor creates for backdrops, costumes and skits, allows for a more fair competition arena.

 

3 Technical Categories - Option 1

1 Coat Design

2 Coat Color

3 Coat Decoration

 

2 Staging and Performance Categories - Option 2

1 Stage and Present to the Audience and the Judges

2 Skit, Song or Dance and Perform to the Audience and the Judges

 

How to Receive Maximum Points

Competitors must choose Option 1 or Option 2 in the competition. Competitor must complete all requirements to receive maximum points.

IJA separates coat type and size to create a more fair competition.

 

Option 1

Create Coat Patterns & Designs - Create Coloring Patterns & Designs - Create Decorative Patterns & Designs

Competition Dogs 16 Inches and Under 

Short, Smooth, Medium Smooth Coat Type

45 Minutes

Nordic, Rough, Rough Nordic, Medium Long, Broken, Scruffy, Tight Wire, Long and Flowing, Loose and Curly Coat Type

1 Hour 45 Minutes

Competition Dogs Over 16 Inches Up to 20 Inches

Short, Smooth, Medium Smooth Coat Type

1 Hour

Nordic, Rough, Rough Nordic, Medium Long, Broken, Scruffy, Tight Wire, Long and Flowing, Loose and Curly Coat Type

2 Hours

Competition Dogs 20 Inches Up to 23 Inches

Short, Smooth, Medium Smooth Coat Type

1 Hour 15 Minutes

Nordic, Rough, Rough Nordic, Medium Long, Broken, Scruffy, Tight Wire, Long and Flowing, Loose and Curly Coat Type

2 Hours 15 Minutes

Competition Dogs Over 23 Inches

Short, Smooth, Medium Smooth Coat Type

1 Hour 30 Minutes

Nordic, Rough, Rough Nordic, Medium Long, Broken, Scruffy, Tight Wire, Long and Flowing, Loose and Curly Coat Type

2 Hours 30 Minutes

 

Option 2

Presentation & Performance Time Frames

All Size Dogs

Set Up Presentation and Props

10 Minutes

Present Final Presentation and Performance

1 Minute Minimum

2 Minutes Maximum

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