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chalking and makeup

Discussion in 'Showing - questions and answers' started by tracy2674, Aug 9, 2007.

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  1. tracy2674

    tracy2674 Boxer Pal

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    Hey all,
    I'm getting ready to start showing my first boxer. He is a flashy fawn with a black mask. I have been told to chalk his white markings and to put some black makeup on his mask. Does everyone do this? What kind of chalk / makeup do I use? Where do I get it.
    Help!!!!
     
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    Putting white chalk/powder is fine, but blacking the mask is a no-no. For white chalking, I use a mixture of corn starch/baby powder and chalk. You want to rub or brush the chalk in all the white areas on the legs, chest and muzzle. Be sure to use a soft brush to brush the excess off and a damp cloth to clean any chalk that is on the colored areas. It is not the end of the world if you don't chalk. I don't chalk as much as I did years ago and I truly don't see a big difference. ;)

    After I chalk and brush off, I use a little dab of baby oil and rub between hands and then rub on head and muzzle and then down the body. You can also use a little mink oil to bring out a shine.

    Have Fun!

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    Yes, mascara on the muzzle is a real no-no. My Mamie has the most jet black/ink black mask I've ever seen, and I've heard ringside comments about how it can't "real." (Just peek inside her flews - those spots are pretty black too, folks!)

    Depth of color is something that many lines have lost over the years, and some people fudge their dog's lack of a good mask (which is called ESSENTIAL in the standard) with artificial means.

    Chalk is pretty universal dog show stuff -- technically the excuse is that it gets dirt out of the coat or something, so it's a form of shampooing (you're supposed to wipe it all out after) but most people use it to brighten the white.

    To me, the essential difference is that the white chalk may enhance color that exists, while adding ink to a poor mask is trying to CONCEAL a fault.

    In the grand scheme of things, boxers are showable with a face cloth and some water, assuming they're basically clean to start with. The poodle world has people cheating not only with cans and cans of hair spray but hair extensions as well!
     
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    Thanks

    Thanks for the responses.
    I didn't think it sounded right to add makeup to a dog's mask. My boy's mask is very nice, the white runs into it just a little bit, but not significant. I think he's beautiful just the way he is. I was just curious what everyone's take on this would be.. now I have 2 more opinions. Wish us luck in the ring!
     
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