Abstract Dog & Cat Design Challenge

Thursday, January 01, 1970 12:00 am–12:00 am Hall B Grooming Stage

12:00 pm: Check-in
12:15 pm: Pre-Judging
12:30 pm: Contest Starts
2:00 pm: Contest Ends / Final Judging
2:30 pm: Awards

Special note: Electric will NOT be provided in the contest ring. You must supply your own cordless clippers where applicable.

The Abstract Design Challenge is intended to underscore the beauty of an “abstract design”, beautifully sculpted with minimal color (no more than 10% on dog/cat) accents and accessories. Judges are looking for stunning sculpting quality and artistry appropriate for a client’s pet. Design should be reproducible in one day in a salon setting. The pet’s coat is the blank canvas for the artistic design and should be groomed in advance with no trace of preset design or sculpted pattern.

  • Any purebred or mixed breed dog or cat with any coat type may be used.
  • Design must be entirely created during the time frame of the competition.
  • There should be no trace or a preset design or sculpted pattern in the coat prior to the contest start time.
  • Competitors will have 1:30 Hrs. to sculpt design into a pre-groomed/prepared coat.
  • Competitors should provide information to the MC, with biographical information and design explanation.
  • Competitors with cats may have one assistant to help hold the cat during design sculpting.
  • Entries are open to all levels of competitors.
  • The judging emphasis is design placement, execution, precision, artistry and overall balance and appeal.
  • If color is used on your entry, the color will not be considered in judging.


Prize Money

1st Place – $300           2nd Place – $200           3rd Place – $100