Friday, May 17, 2013

Why Does The Newfoundland Club of America Promote Barbaric Practices?

With the addition of Dino and Bello to our gang, there is something of a challenge involved in grooming a black and white Newfoundland.
Thankfully, we've had some hands on experience with Landseers owned by others.

The question for today (and hereafter) is why the Newfoundland Club of America actually promotes barbaric practices when it comes to show grooming of black and whites.

On its website, in the "Conformation Corner," under the heading "Getting Your Newfoundland Ready for the Show Ring - Pre-Show Grooming for White & Black Newfoundlands - Grooming the White & Black Newfoundland", the NCA states the following:

"Getting a Landseer ready for the ring is much the same as getting a solid colored Newfoundland ready. There are some specific things, however, that are done just for the white and blacks.

"As prevention is most desirable, the kennel area for white and blacks should have good drainage to protect white hairs from urine stains and should avoid concrete sections that can impart a stubborn pinkish stain.

The black hairs and white hairs may differ in texture, the white hairs being of varying degrees between long/soft/silky and shorter/coarse. Thus, trimming of body areas is of greater or lesser ease and effectiveness depending upon coat texture. I have found this to be most pronounced in dealing with the now obligatory chest trim. On some, it is fairly easy to do a smooth job with first straight, and then thinning shears; on others, the same care seldom yields an unlayered result. On them, the cutting must be done further ahead of the show date to end up with the desired look.

If the Landseer is darker or more ticked than wished for, there are additional things you can do about a month beforehand. To increase white areas, some sections are amenable to trimming back the black hairs with thinning scissors. To reduce areas of ticking on the body, black hairs can be cut a little shorter so that the white hairs of a full coat cover and hide them. For ticking on the front of the legs, chalking the day of the show can render the black areas less noticeable. White and black patterns may create optical illusions such as longer or shorter neck or higher rear than is really the case; these can sometimes be modified with judicious use of a matbreaker.

To obtain the whitest coat possible, weekly bathing precedes showing by a month or two. One of the purple shampoos designed to aid stain removal is good, especially as show dates near. Also effective with repeated use, as well as being "kinder and gender" to the skin, is a shampoo with citrus oils. I have not tried all the purple and blue shampoos on the market, but of those I have, my preference is for Quic Silver, an equine shampoo available from KV Vet Supply (1-800-423-8211). Note: some Newfoundlands have suffered skin eruptions after repeated use of purple shampoos for dogs. The shampoo containing citrus oils is Natural Animal 100% Herbal Dog Shampoo + Dip Concentrate.

For particularly stubborn stains, such as those at elbows, between toes and under chin, make a paste and brush it on with an old toothbrush. Let it dry. As bleach can be harsh on the coat, it is advisable to bathe out within 24 hours max. The paste is composed of equal parts of white 20-volume peroxide (from beauty salon) and milk of magnesia, thickened with cornstarch and/or chalk. On show days, we use the same no-rinse shampoos as for the solid colored Newfoundlands. One I particularly like is #1 All-Systems blue instant shampoo, which dilutes 1:5 and is available from Cherrybrook. Landseers are more adversely affected on rainy days because wet hairs appear less white than dry ones. To affect a "quick fix," a chalk and cornstarch mix applied to furnishings will hasten coat drying."

(Reprinted from NewfTide 2002)

Chalking, shampoo that causes "skin eruptions", peroxide, and bleach!! This is what the Newfoundland Club of America, the professed guardian of the breed, urges you to do with your dog. It's despicable and its cheating, and yet it is condoned by people who proclaim themselves breed guardians. Incredible.


Anonymous said...

Always felt this is indeed barbaric.

Anonymous said...

Wow. That is barbaric. Hope they change their ways!

Anonymous said...

Perhaps Mr Sayad should read before jumping to conclusions. If he was an NCA member or read Newf Tide, he would know that article are written by many individual NCA members and reflect the opinions of the authors and not the organization, but perhaps that subtle distiction is lost on him.

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Flanaghan the Newf said...

You seem to have struck a nerve Steve. If they publish the material on their website, it seems to me it's an endorsement of the opinion. And it is rubbish.

See you at the beach.


Anonymous said...

I'm an NCA member and the fact that this article, even if an opinion, appears on the NCA website, and was published in NewfTide, disgusts me. So much so that I am hard-pressed not to share it with PETA, who I have no loss of love for. Thanks for pointing out the double standard of this organization that claims to be the breed protector but endorses such terrible actions.

Charles S said...

Former NCA member - I've followed this blog for some time. Gorgeous dogs and photos. I left the club for this very reason; the two-faced nature of it all. And even here, you have a comment by someone who tries to sluff the piece off as opinion and then play the copyright card? Amazing.

Charles S

Anonymous said...

Another former NCAer here - the group is not about the dogs; only about the same old tired people in charge. Sad.

Anonymous said...

I heard about this from a friend. I am an NCA member and it outrages me that NCA would republish this. I'm going to send the Baord a letter. Thanks for pointing this out. BeautifulnNewfs.

Michael B said...

Heard about your post. I'm also an NCA member and sorry for not posting my full name but there would be backlash if I did. Thanks for the post and for pointing out the discrepancy between what is best for the breed and what is best for show. There is much to be desired in the former and little in the latter.

Michael B