U - Utility Group Dogs - Poodle, Schnauzer
It's thanks to Crufts 2014 that I have found some dogs to include for 'U'. The dog that won the Best of Breed title for the Utility Group this year went on to become Best in Show. It was a black Standard Poodle named Ricky but I can find no photos of him to use so let's look at some others instead.
|Standard Black Poodle haircut|
(21 April 2011; by Inbalsigal - CC BY 3.0)
Ricky was shorn so that his rear end looked naked, so much shorter that the dog in my photo. Apparently the Poodle is a water dog and the commentators said the haircut, more like that of my next dog, is to give it extra buoyancy.
To me it's just that someone has decided that this is the way it should look. I wonder what would happen if it became the fashionable thing for people to dress to show their naked backsides.
These dogs, also in the Utility Group, look much more natural and attractive.
|Two Miniature Schnauzers (female/male)|
(30 May 2013; by Hakatas = CC BY-SA 3.0)
Schnauzers originated in Germany in the 15/16th century. Their name derives from the German word for "snout." The official colour of these two is "Salt and Pepper."