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GROOMED FOR SUCCESS

Caring for and conditioning drop-coated breeds takes an ongoing commitment to mastering and maintaining proper grooming skills. President Calvin Coolidge wrote, "Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Persistence, determination and hard work makes the difference." While it is unlikely he had dogs in mind when he wrote it, his words can easily reflect the commitment required to groom and exhibit drop-coated breeds at a national level. To successfully compete at the Group or Best-in-Show level, experts say owners and handlers can develop their own winning edge by understanding the prerequisites involved with grooming, maintaining and conditioning these demanding and delicate coats. It isn't difficult, but it does require some basic knowledge, patience, commitment and, above all, persistence. While the origin of the term "drop-coated" is unknown, most owners and handlers say it refers to those breeds - including the Bearded Collie, Skye Terrier, Maltese, Shih Tzu, Yorkshire Terrier, Lhasa Apso and Silky Terrier - on which the coat falls over the sides of the body to the ground or, if not entirely, almost to the ground.