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    During our first show we saw almost everyone putting black stuff on their dog's noses. We thought we were missing something so asked our conformation teacher (who is also an AKC judge.) He said it was against the rules to put anything on your dog - at all. It's supposed to be completely natural. He went into this big talk/lecture about if you get caught doing it the handler and dog can be banned from competition for life.

    I've read threw a lot of the show books and can't find any rules on this. Anyone have any experience with this one?

    We've only done one show so far; won 1st place puppy one day and 2nd place the next. Larry had a bout with allergies so we are waiting on his skin to clear up then it's back into the ring for him

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    Bulldogs nose is supposed to be black and if it isn't the dog is not "show quality" and not supposed to be in the ring. the dog can be standard in any other way, but it the nose is not black that is disqualifying mark at least in Finland.

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    From the Seattle English Bulldog Club website:

    Face and Muzzle -The face, measured from the front of the cheekbone to the tip of the nose, should be extremely short, the muzzle being very short, broad, turned upward and very deep from the corner of the eye to the corner of the mouth. Nose--The nose should be large, broad and black, its tip set back deeply between the eyes. The distance from bottom of stop, between the eyes, to the tip of nose should be as short as possible and not exceed the length from the tip of nose to the edge of underlip. The nostrils should be wide, large and black, with a well-defined line between them. Any nose other than black is objectionable and a brown or liver-colored nose shall disqualify. Lips--The chops or "flews" should be thick, broad, pendant and very deep, completely overhanging the lower jaw at each side. They join the underlip in front and almost or quite cover the teeth, which should be scarcely noticeable when the mouth is closed.

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    Thanks I know what the standard is as we show our sweet boy

    Was just wondering if anyone here does it and why. I can understand putting conditioner on the nose but don't understand the point of the black stuff. Is it to just make it look smoother?

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    I've also heard that some people trim their bullies whiskers away, god knows why????....I can only say for my Usko that his nose is not ever blackened and he has all his whiskers and always will. I love that about (that too) bullies that I don't have to really do anything to Usko to show him. I don't even wash him for every show. Quick brush and that's it He has his "day spa" weekly and that takes care of his looks and health.

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    We trim the whiskers, I like the way he looks all smooth
    We also trim the hair around his tail since it seems to like to stick straight up

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    Well, I quess I like mine all natural and sort of rugged and manly, hairs and all...no trimming or make up

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    yes its true, alot of show people have dogs that are very impressive but dont always meet all the standards and they will "cheat" to win. I dont have a negative opinion about the whole nose thing to be honest, its no big deal to me... but rules are rules i guess. oh well...

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    I've never cheated though... winning wouldnt feel the same to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BiggieSmalls View Post
    I've never cheated though... winning wouldnt feel the same to me.
    Guess I never really thought about it as cheating, always kinda wondered if it was just something done to bring more attention to the dog - to make it look more smooth? Didn't think about it being used to cover up a DQ nose

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    Quote Originally Posted by wendykerr View Post
    Guess I never really thought about it as cheating, always kinda wondered if it was just something done to bring more attention to the dog - to make it look more smooth? Didn't think about it being used to cover up a DQ nose
    They probably are not. Maybe it's a polish or moisturizer type thing to make it look soft and shiney? A grooming tool of some sort?


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    Default Re: Do you blacken the nose?

    I have shown bulldogs for 6 years now....They put whitner on the coats to help them look good, trim the whiskers and tail, and some put stuff on the nose to make it look nicer. I have never seen any rule that would disqualify a dog to help them look their best! No surgeries are allowed except for cherry eye as far as I know. And as far as the nose being a disqulification here is the rule for BCA, so its not disqualified in the US anyway. Any nose other than black is objectionable and a brown or liver-colored nose shall disqualify!
    Hope some of this makes sense!
    Roanne

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