General      RULES


Three judges chosen in the judges list judge each category.


The contestant can apply for the following categories:


• Spaniels and Setters

• Poodles

• Other pure breeds scissoring


Beginner *   – not more than 1 year's experience

Dog shows also count as experience

   The contestant can compete as "beginner" in several contests for one year even if winner.

   The second year he/she must enter "Intermediate" class even if not winner



 Intermediate class is for all contestants who have no more than 2 years experience.h

The gold medal winner won't be allowed to compete in "Intermediate class" anymore

The second year he/she must enter "Open" class even if not winner

 * These Categories not eligible for best in show.

  competitions where “Open” and “Champion” classes are scheduled

contestants will enter the one they belong considering their previous results.


Per category, the contestant can compete in one of the two following classes:

1. Open – Can be admitted in "Open" class all contestants that never won their categories and

will stay one year even   if they attain a victory.

   Contestants will enter "Champion" class, where existing, the year after and only in the categories they won.

2. Champion – Can be admitted in "Champion" class contestants that already won in the same category at a competition.







 Useful informations

   - Contestants must bring their own dogs.

- Contestants must bring their own grooming tools.

- The organization will provide the tables

– Contestants need to be in the ring 30 minutes before the start of the competition for prejudging.

Contestants are not allowed to talk to other contestants and/or the audience during the contest.

Contestants are not allowed to use mobile phone and/or any electronic device  during the competition.

Chalk use is allowed but any trace of it should appear on Judges’ hands after the judgment as a disqualification can occur.

Contestants must allow the judges an easy approach to the tables for the judgment moving all stuffs on the floor

    under the table.

Any possible complaint must be in written, presented before the end of the event and will cost 25€

Any indecorous or aggressive language used towards the judges as well as a dog handled in rough or unsafe

    manner may lead  to disqualification.

Possible disqualification will be executed by the President of the Jury .

   -  In each category, there will be 3 contestants placed per class. Pictures of the dogs will be taken before and

       after the competition.

    - Three judges will compose the Jury.

    - The President of the Jury is responsible for the good course of the competition.

    - The BIS is voted by the judges of the 4 main categories




Handstripping without clipper use

·        Small and Medium sizes                                                   2 :30 hours                  

·        Big sizes                                                                             3 hours

Handstripping with clipper use

·        Small                                                                                   2 hours

·        Medium sizes                                                                     2 :15 hours

·        Big sizes                                                                             2 :30 hours              

Spaniels and Setters

All Setters, American Cockers,

English Cockers, Springers,...                                                   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  

 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.                                                                                                                

Pure Breeds

Bichon, Bedlington                                                                       2:00 hours

Kerry Blue Terrier, Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier,

Black Russian Terrier, Bouvier                                                    2:30 hours


Intermediate                                                 2:30 hours                          

  All Breeds


All breeds                                                                                        2:30 hours




                                                   GROOMING REGULATIONS                                                

The dogs will need to be washed (except for the handstrip dogs)

The ears and nails need to be groomed and the dog’s underbelly, genitals and hind quarters may be previously groomed for reasons of hygiene, according to the breed standard.

The dog needs to have at least 8 weeks coat growth or poodles minimum 5 cm coat length. 

Any evident line or pattern should not be visible. Dog’s coat must be long enough to allow the groomer to make a difference in it’s appearance.

 All grooming techniques are allowed, as long as the chosen technique suites the type of the dog’s coat.


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.

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.

Clipper guide combs are not allowed.

Poodle muzzle and feet should be shaven prior to the start of the competition.

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


                                                      Competition End

Contestants should remove all hair, equipment and products from the grooming table. A comb should be placed on the table for the judge to use during judging. Contestants may comb their dogs before and after the judging panel has evaluated their dogs. Contestant should stack his/her dog to present to judge. It will be announced when the judging is finished so contestants can relax their dogs.


The judges will examine each dog during prejudging and final judging and will take in consideration the following issues: • Suitability of chosen style to the dog. • The difficulty degree of the clip. • Ability to camouflage defects and enhance beauty. • Up to date with today's modern grooming styles. • Respect for todays breed standard. * • The quality of scissoring, shaving and or stripping after passing a comb. • Balance, symmetry, and smoothness. • Presentation of the dog to the judge. *Allowance to be made for International differences in styling for example USA or Scandinavian styles.


The quality of the clipper work whether the feet, face and tail are clipped with the appropriate blade. All clipper work should be smooth with no tufts of hair around the lips , eyes, pads of the feet.

Hand Stripping

There should be no visible pink of bald patches. The hair must be removed with the lay of the coat and without causing pain. Removing the undercoat by a carding tool is allowed only after the handstripping has taken place. Rolling coats are acceptable; however the work done in the ring must be sufficientto 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. The clipper work should blend smoothly with the furnishing or feathering rather than stick out. Excessive scissors use will be penalized. Pure Breeds and Spaniels & Setters If thinning shears are used: the areas that are thinned should blend smoothly and create a natural appearance. The judges' decision will be final and binding.



In the four main categories (Handstrip, Spaniels and Setters, Poodles,and Other pure breeds) the judging system is based on points. Each judge awards 10 points for the first place, 8 points for the second, 6 points for the third in each class Judges are not allowed to exchange any opinion concerning the judgment during the competition. Each judge will have his/her own place list. Adding up the points of all judges, the President of the Jury will obtain the final place list.Just in case of tie the President of the Jury will discuss with the judges to establish the place list. Handling 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. It is understood that contestants entering the competition accepted all the items of these rules.



                                                  HOW TO BECOME EGA JUDGE

1. Each applicant judge must send application to the EGA Council.

2. The applicant judge must have won 3 medals (two golden and one silver) in
international competitions in the competing class he/she wishes to judge as
• “Spaniel & Setter” with 2 different breeds.
• “Handstripping” with 2 different breeds: 1 long legged + 1 short legged.
• “Poodle” with 3 different cuts.
• “Purebred Scissoring” with 2 different breeds.

3. The EGA Council will evaluate the validity of the request.
4. After the Council’s approval the applicant judge must carry out at least 3
assistantships in the competing classes he/she wishes to judge





Groomers wishing to be evaluated on their professional skills and get a certification can ask the  Association they belong to organize “Master classes” that will be judged by EGA President or Vice President   

1.  National Associations must officially inform the EGA secretariat about dates and name of the examiner they would have giving the exam.

2.     National Associations must inform all their own members about the date and the location of the exam giving everybody the opportunity to    attend the event in case they wish to.

3.     The location can be a grooming salon

4.     The exam runs like a grooming competition. All people work at the same time, (all categories confused, if different categories) on appropriate timing.

5.     Candidates have to work on two different breeds per category: 

Handstripping  - one short legged + one long legged;

Spaniels – American Cocker + English Cocker or any Setter;

Purebred Scissoring – Bedlington + Bichon or any other;

Poodle - two different cuts accepted in dog show.  Dogs must be groomed in respect of the standard.

Pet - one flat hair breed (Yorky, Maltese etc) and one curly hair (Poodle, Portuguese,etc. or  any mixed breed or a terrier 

6.  Candidates can pass or fail the exam. Taking the exam doesn’t mean to get the certificate

7. The “Master Groomer” Certificate is issued by the National Association, signed by its President and  countersigned by EGA President or Vice President




Every show organizer must nominate a President of the Jury which can participate in judging with the assigned judges. The President of the Jury is responsible for the timing and the information to the contestants as well. Under his responsibility he can entrust a speaker.

Contests’ organizers are asked to provide for judges (Three per each category)

 hotel staying plus meals. starting from the night previous the competition

till their departure (2or3 days/nights),

 to refund travel expenses and give them a 200,00 € attendance fee

Judges from their part will always look for the cheapest flight rates.

When a grooming demonstration or seminar is asked,

The Judge should be remunerate with 350€.  

When they want judges giving demonstrations, they undertake to provide

"correct" dogs allowing judges to show their abilities.

 Failing this, judges can refuse to perform. 




Would like to inform you about a change in our competition rules concerning Poodle class.

It always happens that some contestants enter the competition with Poodles whose feet and muzzle have already been shaven. Until now judges could shorten 15 minutes the established timing.

As timing control in this class is quite arduous due to different dogs’ size and extra time to spray up top knot, it has been decided that:

Muzzle and feet should be shaven prior to the start of the competition.

Thanks for updating your Contest’s rule.

All the best
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