Post by commander on Mar 2, 2019 17:17:54 GMT -5
Are you reluctant to adopt poodles/poodle personality dogz at least in part because they won’t show pose like other dogz? While this is true, it’s also an unfortunate “stigma” because poodles have their own fabulous pose, and personally I find getting a pic of a poodle in a good poodle pose far easier than getting a pic of any other breed in either a dali or a dane pose!
These are the two versions of the poodle pose. The first version, the side or profile view, is the one that is used more often and the one I’ll be going into more detail about later. The second pic is of the front-facing view. This is a harder one to get, because when a poodle does go into this pose, it’ll only hold the eyes open for about a split second. Slate the poodle’s head is pretty crooked in this pic—I don’t know if it’s possible to get a front-facing pose with a more even head or not. Getting even this one was a bit of a hassle to begin with.
When a poodle lies down in the correct way for a side pose, its eyes will remain wide open (you won’t see any eyelids) and it won’t ever turn its head for a forward-facing pose. If the eyes are completely shut when it does a side pose, as shown here, wait until it turns to look at you with wide open eyes for a split second. That’s when you’ll get the forward-facing pose.
Of course, even though I find the poodle-posing process easier than dali and ESPECIALLY dane posing, they aren’t 100% cooperative either. Sometimes when snapping pics they’ll sit and stick their noses in the air, or strut with their noses similarly held high. The good news about poodles is that they pretty much live to pose for the camera, so even if they do these poses often, it usually doesn’t take too many tries to get them to lie down with their eyes open and get that perfect show-worthy pose from them.
This is Oedipus, my go-to show poodle for those rare occasions that I’ve encountered poodle shows. While his pose isn’t perfect, he’s done pretty well, so he should serve as a good guide for the things to look for in a good poodle pose.
-Alignment. This is harder to tell in poodle poses than in dali and dane poses, obviously since the torso completely blocks the far two legs. The best way to tell good alignment for poodles is by looking at their noses and faces. Their nose should only show one white shine circle. Only one eye should be visible, and it should be wide open, with little to no eyelid visible.
-The nose/snout should be in a perfectly straight line. Sometimes after holding this pose a poodle will point its nose higher in the air while keeping its eyes open—you don’t want that pose. The entire head should be straight and level.
-Ears point straight and down. Poodle ears will not obstruct the eyes as they will in a dane pose.
-The front legs should be held in a way that only one paw is visible sloping down gently from the wrist.
-The tail should also slope gently down from the torso. (This is the area of Oedipus’s pose that could use some work—see how it kind of abruptly juts out like that?)
Here are a few more of my purebred poodles demonstrating poodle poses:
These poses aren’t perfect either, but they do demonstrate a variety that will be seen if you work on show posing multiple poodles as I have.
These same principles are used to pose mixed breeds that poodle pose, even if they don’t have a poodle head. Take Luden for example:
He’s a poodle/sheepdog/dane mix with a sheepdog face, but obviously with a poodle personality, so that’s how he poses. You can see that we can still judge his pose by looking at the straightness of his snout, the slope of his paws and tail, and making sure that only a single eye is visible and that it is wide open.
Feel free to ask me any questions about any of this! Obviously I know a bit about poodle posing, but since poodle shows themselves are pretty rare and always have been, a lot of this info I’ve had to glean myself through a lot of trial and error. Just as in dali and dane poses, I’m sure that different judges will place greater emphasis on different things—this is largely my own observations and opinions, but I hope they prove helpful.
Now get out there and pose them poodles!