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Pure Breed Competitions with Certifications

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Show your skills and knowledge about Pure Breed Trim Styles in the IJA Virtual World Grooming Competitions on model dogs. Enter the online-only competition series to achieve the ultimate expressions, profiles, and coat color. Win the best canine styling specialists in the show in pure breed trim styles on model dogs! 

 

The VWGC championship events are conducted by IJA four times a year. The Best in Class and Best in Show finalists from the spring, summer, fall, and winter sessions are finalists for Best in the World in Pure Breed Trim Styles at the IJA Virtual World Grooming Competition TOP DOG virtual awards event in December. 

 

There are four coat type classes and four Poodle classes offered at each session. 

  • Pure Breed Trims in the Multitude of Coat Type Class

  • Pure Breed Trims in the Curly Coat Type Class

  • Pure Breed Trims in the Wire Coat Type Class 

  • Pure Breed Trims in the Sporting Coat Type Class

  • Poodle Trim Styles

Individual Entry

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The Best Canine Stylist in Show in Model Dog Pure Breed Trim 

*The competitor with the Best Groomed and Styled Dog in Show.

*Finalists for Best in Show are Finalists for Best Canine Stylists in the World in Model Dog Pure Breed Trim Styles.

  • The individual competitor can compete in one or all classes to win Best in Class to win Best in Show. 

  • The individual competitor may submit more than one entry in a class to achieve Best in Show! 

The Best All-Around Canine Stylist in Show in Model Dog Pure Breed Trim Styles  

* The competitor with the highest placements wins Best All Around!

* Finalists for Best in Show are Finalists for Best All-Around Canine Stylists in the World in Model Dog Pure Breed Trim Styles!

  • To be eligible for Best in Show, the individual competitor must compete in the four Model Dog Pure Breed Classes and two Poodle Classes.

  • The individual competitor may submit more than one entry in a coat type class to win first, second, and third placements to achieve the show’s Best All-Around. 

The Best Canine Stylist in Show in Model Dog Pure Breed - Poodle Trim Styles 

*The competitor with the Best Poodle Trim Style in Show

* Finalist for Best in Show Finalist for Best Canine Stylists in the World in Model Dog Pure Breed -  Poodle Trim Styles!

 

  • The individual competitor can compete in one or all classes to win Best in Show.

  • The individual competitor may submit more than one entry in a Poodle class to achieve a first, second, or third placement to be eligible for Best Poodle Groomer in the Show.

The Best All-Around Canine Stylist in Show in Model Dog Pure Breed - Poodle Trim Styles  

*The competitor with the highest placements wins Best All Around!

* Finalist for Best in Show Finalist for Best Canine Stylists in the World in Model Dog Pure Breed -  Poodle Trim Styles!

 

  • To be eligible for Best All-Around in Show, the individual competitor must compete in all four Poodle Classes.

  • The individual competitor may submit more than one entry in trim style classes. The highest placements are utilized from each class to calculate the Best All-Around Competitor in the Show.

Team Entries

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Best Team in Show Competitions

Model Dog Pure Breed Competition Entry (Four Team Members)

Compete with a pure breed or a mixed breed to achieve the Model Dog Pure Breed Trim Styles. ​

*Total of 6 entries. 

The Best Team in Show in Model Dog Pure Breed Trim Styles
  • Each team member must compete in all four Pure Breed coat type classes.  

  • Each team member must compete in two options in the Poodle class.

The Best All-Around Team in Show in Model Dog Pure Breed Trim Styles
  • Each team member must compete in all four Model Dog Pure Breed coat type classes.  

  • Each team member must compete in two options in the Poodle class.

The Best Team in Show in Model Dog Pure Breed - Poodle Trim Styles 
  • The team members must compete in four Poodle Classes to be eligible for Best Team in Poodle Trim Styles in Show. *Finalist for Best in Show Finalist for Best Team in Poodle Trim Styles!

Class Placements

Model Dog Pure Breed Classes

Listed below are the trim styles by coat types requirements and the classes for the Pure Breed Competitions

Multitude of Coat Type Classes
Option 1: Pure Breed with Natural to Silhouette Tidy Trim Styles

Drop Coat Types

  • Bearded Collie

  • Biewer Terrier

  • Briard

  • Chinese Crested, Hairless

  • Chinese Crested, Powder Puff

  • Coton de Tulear

  • Lhasa Apso

  • Lowchen

  • Maltese

  • Old English Sheepdog

  • Polish Lowland Sheep Dog

  • Schapendoes

  • Shih Tzu

  • Silky Terrier

  • Skye Terrier

  • Tibetan Terrier

  • Yorkshire Terrier

  • Other

 

Nordic Coat Types

  • Akita

  • Alaskan Malamute

  • Chinook

  • Czechoslovakian Vlcak

  • Finnish Spitz

  • Icelandic Sheepdog, Short-haired

  • Jindo

  • Kai Ken

  • Karelian Bear Dog

  • Kishu Ken

  • Norrbottenspets

  • Norwegian Elkhound

  • Norwegian Lundehund

  • Shiba Inu

  • Siberian Husky


Rough Coat Types

  • Belgian Sheepdog

  • Belgian Tervuren

  • Collie, Rough

  • Great Pyrenees

  • Pekingese

  • Pyrenean Shepherd

  • Shetland Sheepdog

  • Tibetan Mastiff

 

Nordic Rough Coat Types​

  • American Eskimo Dog

  • Chow Chow, Rough

  • Eurasier

  • Finnish Lapphund

  • German Spitz

  • Icelandic Sheepdog, Long-haired

  • Keeshond

  • Pomeranian

  • Samoyed

  • Swedish Lapphund

  • Other

*Breeds with similar trims and coat types added to this Option.

*Mixed breeds with similar coat types and breed characteristics are permitted to achieve the pure breed trim style.

 

Multitude of Coat Type Classes
Option 2: Pure Breeds with Silhouette Enhancement Trim Styles

​Medium Long Coats

  • Australian Shepherd

  • Bernese Mountain Dog

  • Border Collie

  • Borzoi

  • Caucasian Ovcharka

  • Chihuahua, Long Coat

  • Dachshund, Long Haired

  • Estrela Mountain Dog

  • Japanese Chin

  • Kuvasz

  • Leonberger

  • Miniature American Shepherd

  • Mudi

  • Papillon

  • Russian Toy

  • Saint Bernard

  • Saluki

  • Slovensky Cuvac

  • Tibetan Spaniel

  • Golden Retriever

  • Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

  • Other

*Breeds with similar trims and coat types added to this Option.

*Mixed breeds with similar coat types and breed characteristics are permitted to achieve the pure breed trim style.

 

Sporting Coat Type Classes
Option 1: Pure Breeds with Sporting Jacket Trim Styles
  • Boykin Spaniel

  • Brittany

  • Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

  • Clumber Spaniel

  • Drentsche Patrijshond

  • English Cocker Spaniel

  • English Springer Spaniel

  • English Setter

  • English Toy Spaniel

  • Field Spaniel

  • Flat-Coated Retriever

  • German Longhaired Pointer

  • Gordon Setter

  • Irish Setter

  • Red and White Springer Spaniel

  • Springer Spaniel

  • Other

Option 2: Pure Breeds with Sporting Saddle Trim Styles
  • Cocker Spaniel

  • Afghan Hound

  • Other​

*Mixed breeds with similar coat types and breed characteristics are permitted to achieve the pure breed trim style.

 

*Breeds with similar trims and coat types added to this Option.

*Mixed breeds with similar coat types and breed characteristics are permitted to achieve the pure breed trim style.


Wire Coat Type Classes
Option 1: Pure Breeds with Short Legged Trim Styles
  • Affenpinscher

  • Australian Terrier

  • Berger Picard

  • Border Terrier

  • Brussels Griffon

  • Cairn Terrier

  • Dandie Dinmont Terrier

  • Dachshund -Wire Haired

  • Glen Imaal Terrier

  • Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen

  • Jack Russell Terrier

  • Norfolk Terrier

  • Norwich Terrier

  • Parson Russell Terrier

  • Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen

  • Portuguese Podengo Pequeno 

  • Scottish Terrier

  • Sealyham Terrier

  • West Highland Terrier​

  • Other

*Breeds with similar trims and coat types added to this Option.

*Mixed breeds with similar coat types and breed characteristics are permitted to achieve the pure breed trim style.

 

Option 2: Pure Breeds with Long Legged Trim Styles
  • ​Airedale Terrier

  • Belgian Laekenois

  • German  Wire Pointer

  • Ibizan Hound, Wirehaired

  • Irish Terrier

  • Irish Wolfhound

  • Lakeland Terrier

  • Otterhound

  • Schnauzer ( Miniature - Standard - Giant )

  • Scottish Deerhound

  • Spinone Italiano

  • Welsh Terrier

  • Wire Fox Terrier

  • ​Vizsla, Wirehaired

  • Wirehaired Pointing Griffon

  • Other

 

*Breeds with similar trims and coat types added to this Option.

*Mixed breeds with similar coat types and breed characteristics are permitted to achieve the pure breed trim style.

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Curly Coat Type Class
Option 1: Curly Coat Type Class with Stylized Trims 
  • Barbet

  • Bichon Frise

  • Bolognese

  • Bouvier des Flandres

  • Irish Water Spaniel

  • Kerry Blue Terrier

  • Lagotto Romagnolo

  • Portuguese Water Dog Retriever Trim

  • Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier​

*Breeds with similar trims and coat types added to this Option.

*Mixed breeds with similar coat types and breed characteristics are permitted to achieve the pure breed trim style.

 

Option 2: Curly Coat Type Class with Unique Trims 
  • Bedlington Terrier

  • Black Russian Terrier

  • Cesky Terrier

  • Portuguese Water Dog Lion

  • Pumi

 

Corded

  • Bergamasco

  • Komondor

  • Puli

 

*Breeds with similar trims and coat types added to this Option.

*Mixed breeds with similar coat types and breed characteristics are permitted to achieve the pure breed trim style.

 

Poodle Class

​*Mixed breeds with curly coat types with similar characteristics of the Poodle are allowed. 

Option 1: Poodle Class Show Trims
  • Continental

  • English Saddle

  • Puppy 1

  • Puppy 2

  • Puppy AKC

  • Other

 

Option 2: Poodle Class Show-Contest Trims
  • ​​Scandinavian 

  • T Clip

  • Modified Continental​​

  • Other

Option 3: Poodle Class Contest Trims​
  • German

  • ​Modern​

  • Other

 

Option 4: Poodle Class Banded Trims​
  • Banded Trim Desi

  • Banded Trim Dutch

  • Banded Trim Spiral

  • Banded Trim Sweetheart

  • Banded Trim Town and Country​

  • Other

Head Trim Styles

Multitude of Coat Type Classes

Option 1: Short - Smooth Coated Head Styles 

Nordic Coat Types

  • Akita

  • Alaskan Malamute

  • Chinook

  • Czechoslovakian Vlcak

  • Finnish Spitz

  • Icelandic Sheepdog, Short-haired

  • Jindo

  • Kai Ken

  • Karelian Bear Dog

  • Kishu Ken

  • Norrbottenspets

  • Norwegian Elkhound

  • Norwegian Lundehund

  • Shiba Inu

  • Siberian Husky

  • Other

Rough Coat Types

  • Belgian Sheepdog

  • Belgian Tervuren

  • Collie, Rough

  • Great Pyrenees

  • Pekingese

  • Pyrenean Shepherd

  • Shetland Sheepdog

  • Tibetan Mastiff

  • Other

 

Nordic Rough Coat Types​

  • American Eskimo Dog

  • Chow Chow, Rough

  • Eurasier

  • Finnish Lapphund

  • German Spitz

  • Icelandic Sheepdog, Long-haired

  • Keeshond

  • Pomeranian

  • Samoyed

  • Swedish Lapphund

  • Other

​Medium Long Coats

  • Australian Shepherd

  • Bernese Mountain Dog

  • Border Collie

  • Borzoi

  • Caucasian Ovcharka

  • Chihuahua, Long Coat

  • Dachshund, Long Haired

  • Estrela Mountain Dog

  • Japanese Chin

  • Kuvasz

  • Leonberger

  • Miniature American Shepherd

  • Mudi

  • Papillon

  • Russian Toy

  • Saint Bernard

  • Saluki

  • Slovensky Cuvac

  • Tibetan Spaniel

  • Golden Retriever

  • Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

  • Other

 

*Breeds with similar trims and coat types added to this Option.

*Mixed breeds with similar coat types and breed characteristics are permitted to achieve the pure breed trim style.

 

Multitude of Coat Type Classes

Option 2: Long and Flowing Head Styles

Drop Coat Types

  • Bearded Collie

  • Biewer Terrier

  • Briard

  • Chinese Crested, Hairless

  • Chinese Crested, Powder Puff

  • Coton de Tulear

  • Lhasa Apso

  • Lowchen

  • Maltese

  • Old English Sheepdog

  • Polish Lowland Sheep Dog

  • Schapendoes

  • Shih Tzu

  • Silky Terrier

  • Skye Terrier

  • Tibetan Terrier

  • Yorkshire Terrier

  • Other

 

Sporting Coat Type Classes

Option 1: Sporting Head Styles - Pointers, Setters, and Retrievers

  • English Setter

  • Flat-Coated Retriever

  • German Longhaired Pointer

  • Gordon Setter

  • Irish Setter

  • Other

Option 2: Sporting Head Trim Styles - Spaniels

  • Boykin Spaniel

  • Brittany Spaniel

  • Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

  • Clumber Spaniel

  • Cocker Spaniel

  • Drentsche Patrijshond

  • English Cocker Spaniel

  • English Toy Spaniel

  • English Springer Spaniel

  • Field Spaniel

  • Red and White Springer Spaniel

  • Springer Spaniel

  • Other

 

*Mixed breeds with similar coat types and breed characteristics are permitted to achieve the pure breed trim style.

 

Wire Coat Type Classes

Option 1: Wire Coat Types Head Trim Styles - Oval - Round - Unique

  • Affenpinscher

  • Australian Terrier

  • Berger Picard

  • Cairn Terrier

  • Dandie Dinmont Terrier

  • Norfolk Terrier

  • Norwich Terrier

  • West Highland Terrier​

  • Other

*Breeds with similar trims and coat types added to this Option.

*Mixed breeds with similar coat types and breed characteristics are permitted to achieve the pure breed trim style.

 

Option 2: Wire Coat Types with Square - Rectangle Head Styles

  • ​Airedale Terrier

  • Belgian Laekenois

  • Border Terrier

  • Brussels Griffon

  • Dachshund -Wire Haired

  • German  Wire Pointer

  • Glen Imaal Terrier

  • Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen

  • Ibizan Hound, Wirehaired

  • Irish Terrier

  • Irish Wolfhound 

  • Jack Russell Terrier

  • Lakeland Terrier

  • Otterhound

  • Parson Russell Terrier

  • Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen

  • Portuguese Podengo Pequeno

  • Schnauzer ( Miniature - Standard - Giant )

  • Scottish Deerhound

  • Scottish Terrier

  • Sealyham Terrier

  • Spinone Italiano

  • Welsh Terrier

  • Wire Fox Terrier

  • ​Vizsla, Wirehaired

  • Wirehaired Pointing Griffon

  • Other

*Breeds with similar trims and coat types added to this Option.

*Mixed breeds with similar coat types and breed characteristics are permitted to achieve the pure breed trim style.

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Curly Coat Type Class

Option 1: Curly Coat Type Class with Oval - Round - Unique Head Styles

  • Barbet

  • Bedlington Terrier

  • Bichon Frise

  • Bolognese

  • Irish Water Spaniel

  • Lagotto Romagnolo

  • Portuguese Water Dog Retriever Trim

  • ​Portuguese Water Dog Lion

  • Pumi

  • Other

*Breeds with similar trims and coat types added to this Option.

*Mixed breeds with similar coat types and breed characteristics are permitted to achieve the pure breed trim style.

 

Curly Coat Type Classes

Option 2: Curly Coat Type Class with Square - Rectangle and Corded Head Styles 

  • Black Russian Terrier

  • Cesky Terrier

  • Kerry Blue Terrier

  • Bouvier des Flandres

  • ​Corded

  • Bergamasco

  • Komondor

  • Puli

  • Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier

  • Other

 

*Breeds with similar trims and coat types added to this Option.

*Mixed breeds with similar coat types and breed characteristics are permitted to achieve the pure breed trim style.

 

POODLE CLASSES

​*Mixed breeds with curly coat types with similar characteristics of the Poodle are allowed. 

Option 1: Poodle with Show Head Trim Styles

  • Continental

  • English Saddle

  • Puppy 1

  • Puppy 2

  • Puppy AKC

  • Other

 

Option 2: Poodle with Modified Show Head Trim Styles

  • ​​Scandinavian 

  • T Clip

  • Modified Continental​​

  • Other

Option 3: Poodle with Contest Head Trim Styles

  • German

  • ​Modern​

  • Other

 

Option 4: Poodle with Poodle Head with Shaved Neck Head Trim Styles

  • Banded Trim Desi

  • Banded Trim Dutch

  • Banded Trim Spiral

  • Banded Trim Sweetheart

  • Banded Trim Town and Country​

  • Other

Rules

CLASS RULES: PURE BREEDS - MULTITUDE COAT TYPES

This class includes all pure breeds with many coat types not included in the wire, sporting, and curly coat type class categories. This class category is perfect for the novice to start competitions to learn the structure of body types and natural coat growth patterns.

 

  • Short Coat Types

  • Smooth Coat Types

  • Medium Smooth Coat Types

  • Medium Long Coat Types

  • Nordic Coat Types

  • Nordic Rough Coat Types

  • Rough Coat Types

  • Drop Coat Types (Hairless) 

 

Exceptions to the Rule 

Pure breeds are placed in different coat type classes due to their trim styles. Reference the IJA Pure Breeds Coat Type and Classes Chart.

 

CLASS RULES: PURE BREEDS - SPORTING COAT TYPES

This class includes pure breeds with sporting and specific breeds with medium long coat types. Examples of pure breeds included in this class are the Irish Setter, Springer Spaniel, and Cocker Spaniel.  

Coat Types: 

  • Sporting 

  • Sporting Saddle 

  • Medium Long 

 

Exceptions to the Rule 

Pure breeds are placed in different coat type classes due to their trim styles. Reference the IJA Pure Breeds Coat Type and Classes Chart.

 

CLASS RULES: PURE BREEDS - WIRE COAT TYPES

This class includes all pure breeds with broken, scruffy, or tight wire coat types that require hand stripping techniques for the show trim and clipping techniques for the alternative for pet trims. Examples of breeds included in this class are the West Highland White Terrier, Wire Haired Dachshund, and the Irish Wolfhound. Coat Types: 

  • Tight Wire 

  • Scruffy Wire 

  • Broken 

 

Exceptions to the Rule 

Pure breeds are placed in different coat type classes due to their trim styles. Reference the IJA Pure Breeds Coat Type and Classes Chart.

 

CLASS RULES: PURE BREEDS - CURLY COAT TYPES

This class includes all pure breeds with curly coat types, except for the Poodle, that requires scissoring the coat to create the proper expression and profile. Examples of breeds included in this class are the Bichon Frise, Portuguese Water Dog, Irish Water Spaniel, and the Kerry Blue Terrier. 

 

Exceptions to the Rule 

Pure breeds are placed in different coat type classes due to their trim styles. Reference the IJA Pure Breeds Coat Type and Classes Chart.

 

CLASS RULES: INDIVIDUAL PURE BREEDS - POODLE

Class designed for the Poodles. All Poodle trim styles are permitted. Poodles with a scissored face, such as a teddy bear face, are not allowed and must compete in the Creative Competitions. 

 

Face

The cheeks and throat areas must be clipped short. A mustache and beard are permitted, but no scissored faces. 

 

Topknot

Corded Coat

Corded coat trim styles on Poodles permitted in this class. 

 

Prep Procedures Allowed

Tools, glue guns, and material required to change the head, ear, body, leg, feet, and tail types can create correct pure breed profiles.

  • Head and neck may be re-set to create proper length.

  • Eyes may be replaced and reset to create proper eye set and expression.

  • Ears may be re-set or modified to create the correct ear set and carriage.

  • Body modified to create the correct body type.

  • Legs shortened or lengthened to create the correct body type.

  • The tail reset or modified to achieve the correct tail set and carriage.

 

PRODUCTS - DECORATIVE ITEMS - DOG MANNEQUIN

Pure Breed Classes

Products

  • Bands and bows to secure tie-up on breeds such as Shih Tzu permitted.

  • Sprays and products to hold the coat in place and to give volume and texture permitted.

 

Decorative Items

  • No decorative items except typical of conformation ring: Example: Tie Up or Bows

 

Additional Wigs

  • Model dog coat banded to create extensions to create length and volume permitted.

 

Coat Color

  • Full color is encouraged to achieve the correct shade for the breed and to enhance overall expression and profile on a pure breed trim. 

 

Additional Wigs

  • Model dog coat banded to create extensions to create length and volume permitted.

  • Additional wigs are permitted to create volume and length.

 

TOOLS & TECHNIQUES

  • Clippers and blades

  • Snap-on combs or blade attachments

  • Scissors, thinners, and chunkers

 

COMPETITORS PRESENTATION AFTER COMPETITION

  • Competitors must remove all hair, products, and tools from the table and place table covering for judging.

  • Team members must furnish table covering to match team uniforms.

 

Primary judging considerations for pure breed classes are:

  • Technical Application and Finish

  • Profile and Expression

  • Degree of Difficulty of Trim Style

  • Professionalism

 

Primary judging considerations for classes are:

  • Design

  • Color

  • Decorative

  • Technical

  • Creativity

  • Professionalism