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General information (classes and categories)

1. Four competing category: Pure breed Scissoring* – Spaniel & Setter – Handstripping – Poodle

*Pure breed: Bichon frize, Bedlington terrier, Kerry Blue Terrier, Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier, Black Russian Terrier, Bouvier

2. Two general classes: Open class and Champion class

Open class - in this class participate Groomers, who have never participated in the Groomer competition

Champion class - in this class participate Groomers, who won the open class in some category (Pure breed Scissoring, Spaniel & Setter, Handstripping, Poodle). If the groomer will participate in the other category, where he still has not won, he took part in the open class.

In the open and champion classes decided the winner in each category. Total 8 winners, from which chosen Best in Show.

Participants should:
1. Have a equipments for the competition;
2. Be near their table for 30 minutes before the start of the competition.

Tables for the competition provided by the organizers.

3. Other classes: Beginners, Commercial scissoring and Creative scissoring

Beginners. In this class, participate groomers whose experience in the profession is very small. Participation can ask the judges help and advice during the competition.

Groomer has the right to participate only once in this class with a year. Regardless of whether to win he or not, the next year participant should go in open class or to change the breed and to continue participation in the Beginners class.

In each category are chosen three winners.

In the Beginners class are chosen 5 winners: Best Poodle, Best Spaniel, Best Handstripped, Best Pure Breed and Best Mixed Breed. Out of these 5 dogs are chosen a Beginners class Best in Show.

Commercial scissoring class. In this class participate Groomers who work in salons for pets. This class can participate as a scissoring or not scissoring dogs breed (Bobtail, Yorkshire Terrier, Shih-tzu, etc.). Participants have to cut the dog for the convenience of the owner.

In this class are chosen three winners.

Creative scissoring class. In this class are involved Groomers with a different of dog breeds. Estimated a groomers creativity and fantasy. Participants can use decoration, paint (safety for animals) and accessories.

In this class are chosen three winners. This class is awarded the Public Choose.


Handstripping (without clipper use)
Small and Medium sizes: 2:30 hours
Big sizes: 3 hours

Handstripping (with clipper use)
Small: 2 hours
Medium size: 2 :15  hours
Big size: 2:30 hours

Spaniels and Setters
All Setters, American Cockers, English Cockers, Springer Spaniel…: 2 : 30 hours

up to 35 cm: 1:45 hours
35 cm up to 45 cm: 2:00 hours
Over 45 cm: 2:30 hours

Pure Breeds
Bichon frize, Bedlington terrier: 2:00 hours
Kerry Blue Terrier, Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier, Black Russian Terrier, Bouvier: 2:30 hours

* If feet, muzzle and tail have been groomed before the competition, time can be reduced up to 15 minutes.

Requirements for the dogs

  • Dogs must have a minimum of 8 weeks’ hair growth. Any evident line should not appear.
  • Poodles must have a minimum of 5 centimeters hair growth. Any evident line should
  • not appear. The hair on the muzzle and feet can be shorter. Any shaving must be done during the competition.
  • Dog’s hair must be long enough to allow the groomer to make changes to its physical appearance.
  • Dogs must be freshly washed and dried, have no tangles in their hair. Ears must be cleaned, nails clipped, before the competition.
  • Dog’s underbelly. Genitals and hind quarters may be previously   cleaned for reasons of hygiene, according to breed standard. All grooming techniques (Scissoring, Clipping, Handstripping) are allowed.
  • For Poodles, all commercial and exhibition cuts + modern puppy are allowed. The Judge must be notified of the type of cut to be performed before the competition starts.

Category Handstripping / Spaniels & Setters

Stripping knives are allowed. Dog needs to be groomed according to the breed standard. (Colored) Chalk powder/block/spray and cream is allowed for Terriers.
It is not allowed to use clippers except:
Scottish Terrier – chest, head and ears.
West Highland Terrier – chest and ears.
Cockers and Setters – chest and ears.
Schnauzer – chest, head, inside of back legs and ears.

Category Poodles / Pure Breeds

The dog needs to be washed and fluff dried. The muzzle, feet and tail should have at least a 2-week’s hair growth. Poodles must be groomed in a style recognized in the breed standard. Poodles with top knots can have 15 minutes extra time to finish the top knot and may ask for help from an outsider to hold the dog. Coloring is not allowed.

Category Mixed and other breed

Requirements like the breed, which participant wants to cut in the end.


Competition`s End

At the end of the competition participants should prepare a place for a demonstration of his work: clean instrument from the table, clean coat, if desired, lay cloth on the table. On the table is to brush for the judge. Participants can brush your dog before and after the judging. After the end of judging, participants can relax and rest.

The judging procedure

The judges will examine each dog during prejudging and final judging and will take in consideration the following issues:
1. Suitability of chosen style to the dog.
2. The  difficulty degree of the clip.
3. Ability to camouflage defects and enhance beauty.
4. Up to date with today’s modern grooming styles.
5. Respect for today’s breed standard.*
6. The quality of scissoring, shaving and or stripping after passing a comb.
7. Balance, symmetry, and smoothness.
8. Presentation of the dog to the judge.

*Allowance to be made for International differences in styling for example USA or Scandinavian styles.


  • The suitability of the trim to the dog’s conformation and breed profile.
  • The quality of the clipper work whether the feet, face and tail are clipped with the appropriate blade. The clipped lines on the face should be straight and the clipper work should be smooth with no tufts of hair around the lips and the corners of the eyes. The feet should be clipped clean between the toes and the pads.
  • The quality, uniformity and smoothness of the scissoring.
  • The degree of difficulty of the clip. This does not mean that fancy patterns should take precedence. Overall scissors trim can be as difficult with certain coat textures.
  • The dog’s overall finished appearance, with emphasis on balance, symmetry and smoothness of finish. Hair spray can be used on show trim top-knot.

If scissors or thinning shears are used to trim the furnishings, the quality of the work.


  • The suitability of the trim to the accepted breed standard profile. Whether the body coat has been neatly stripped with the appropriate tool or finger and thumb.
  • There should be no visible pink of bald patches afterwards. The hair must be removed with the lay of the coat and without pain. In certain cases, removing the undercoat by a carding tool is permissible. Rotated coats are acceptable; however the work done in the ring must be sufficient to allow the groomer to make a distinct change in the dog’s appearance.
  • If clippers are used to trim the soft coat on the head or ears, the front of the neck, or on the insides of the back legs, these areas must be trimmed neatly and smoothly with the appropriate blade, and the clipper work must be smooth
  • The dog’s overall finished appearance with emphasis on balance, symmetry, smoothness of finish, and the preservation of the distinctive features that characterize the breed. The dog must have a smart, definite outline with furnishing blending in to look natural rather than jutting out.

Pure breed scissoring – Spaniels and Setters

  • The suitability of the trim and how it conforms to the accepted breed standard and profile.
  • If clippers are used, the quality of the work, whether the clipped areas have been clipped with the appropriate blade whether they are neat and smooth and any clipped lines are straight.
  • The quality, uniformity and smoothness of scissoring and/or thinning on scissored breeds: the finish should be plush and free of scissor marks. The legs should be scissored evenly and be a sufficient fullness to balance the dog. The head   should be properly trimmed and balanced. If thinning shears are used: the areas that are  thinned should blend smoothly and create a natural appearance.
  • On breeds with eyebrows or falls and beards: the trimming should be correct and emphasize the distinctive features which characterize the breed.
  • On breeds with furnishing or feathering: the furnishing or feathering should blend smoothly rather than stick out.
  • On Spaniels, Setters, Other Gundogs and Hunting Breeds preference should be given to backs that are carded and thinned rather than clipped.
  • The dog overall finished appearance with emphasis on balance, symmetry and smoothness of finish.
  • Judges may give a warning to any competitor who is seen handling a dog in a rough manner. A second warning will constitute disqualification.
  • Clipper burns, nicks or cuts will be severely penalized.
  • Any indecorous or aggressive language used towards the judges may lead to disqualification
  • The judges will be permitted to confer during the competition, as well as at the end of the time limit during the deliberation.
  • In case of tie judges will consider the highest degree of difficulty.

The judges’ decision will be final and binding.


Judges may give a warning to any competitor who is seen handling a dog in a rough or unsafe manner. A second warning will constitute disqualification.
If the competitor makes clipper burns, nicks or cuts he can’t be placed as a winner.
Any indecorous or aggressive language used towards the judges may lead to disqualification.


As a competitor, I hereby certify that I have read and understood the competition rules and regulations and agree to abide them. I hereby acknowledge that the organizer of the competition has the sole right of use of any images, (photos or videos) data (names of the competitors) for the purposes of promoting future events.




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