The contestant can apply for the following categories:


Spaniels and Setters


Other pure breeds scissoring

Intermediate* - all contestants with more than 2 years experience and/or contestants that never won a gold medal in “Open” class.  The contestant can compete as “Intermediate” in several contests for 12 months even if winner. The second year  he/she must enter “Open” class even if not winner. In this category all breeds and techniques are confused

Beginner  * - not more than 2 years experience. Dog shows also counts as experience*

The contestant can compete as “beginner” in several contests for 12 months even if winner. The second year  he/she must enter “Open” class even if not winner. In this category all breeds and techniques are confused

Commercial * - Contestants may enter with any FCI recognized breed to be groomed commercially: breeds that usually need stripping can be clipped or scissored; long hair breeds can be clipped or scissored.  Poodles are accepted only to be groomed in Asian style or  groomed in different breed shape as Bedlington or Kerry blue. Colouring is not allowed . In this category all breeds and techniques are confused. 

* These Categories are not eligible for best in show.

In Competitions where “Open” and “Champion” class 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:

Open - Can be admitted  in “Open” class all contestants that never won their categories and will stay 12 months even if  they attain a victory. Contestants will enter “Champion” class, where existing, the year after only in the categories they won and only if the victory was attained in a class of, at least, 5 contestants; otherwise another gold medal must be won in a bigger class

Champion - Can be admitted in “Champion” class contestants that already won in the same category at a competition.


To participate in the Tournament contestants have to compete at least in three main categories.


Handstripping without clipper use

Small and Medium sizes   2 : 30 hours                 

Big sizes                                 3 hours

 Handstripping with clipper use

Small                  2 : 00 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 45 cm       2 : 00 hours

 Over 45 cm         2 : 30 hours

* 15 minutes extra time is allowed to spray up top knot                                                                                                                           

Pure Breeds

 Bichon, Bedlington                                                                   2 : 00 hours

 Kerry Blue Terrier, Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier,

 Black Russian Terrier, Bouvier                                               2 : 30 hours


 All breeds                      2 : 30 hours


 All breeds                      2 : 30 hours


Small   and medium        1 : 30 hours

Big                                        2 : 00 hours

 10 minutes comfort beak must be given 1 hour after the start competition

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.

Any evident line or pattern should not be visible. Dog’s coat must have, at least, two months'  growth; the hair must be long enough to allow the groomer to make a difference in its appearance.

Contestants competing with dogs showing evident line or groomed less than two months earlier  should be aware that they will not have any chance to compete for victory.

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  may ask for help from an outsider to hold the dog.

Coliring is not allowed


On the entry form contestants must add the breed of the dog to be groomed and, for Poodle class, also what cut will be done. Signature in acceptance of all rules is required.

Contestants must be in the ring 30 minutes prior the start of the competition with their own dog and tools.

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, however Judges must be able to comb the entire dog's body during prejudging as well as at the end of the competition and no trace of it should appear on judges' hands after the judgment, as a disqualification can occur.

On Poodle hair spray can be used only on topknot, as the comb must slide smoothly during the judgment .

Too much hair spray and the use of texturing shampoo / conditioners can penalize Purebred Scissoring that cannot be smoothly combed..

Coat thinning comb should  be used on Spaniel & Setter without exaggerating.

On Handstrip dogs, legs, underbelly and hears should not be done previous the competition.

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

When competition ends, Contestants should remove all hair, equipment and products from the grooming table as well as  moving all stuffs on the floor under the table, to  allow the judges an easy approach to the tables for the judgment 

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. Dogs not in judgment must not be kept stuckss

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


Every show organizer must nominate a President of the Jury which can participate in the 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.

Contest’s 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 (2 or 3 days/nights); to refund  travel expenses and give them a 200 € attendance fee per day. Judges from their part will always look for the cheapest flight rate.

Each class must include at least three competitors.

The organization will provide the grooming tables.

Organizers must use EGA judging sheets.

Results of the competitions must be sent to the EGA Secretary

In case contestants entering the competition are less than 40, Organizers can ask to schedule two judges instead of three per class.

Provided  dogs for demos and/or seminars must be “correct” dogs allowing judges to show their abilities.

Falling this, judges can refuse to perform.

Organizers are authorized to add further competing classes to their shows, to be handled separately from the ones run with EGA rules. Further classes can be “Commercial”, “Asian Style” ,“Model dog” and can be judged by EGA judges. People not in our judges list can be invited to judge but only if they have won golden medals in those classes.


Three judges will judge  each category

Judges are not allowed to judge their own relatives and /or employees.

Judges are not allowed to exchange any opinion concerning the judgment during the competition.

Judges are not allowed to leave the ring during the competition without the permission of the President of the Jury.

“Champion” class must be strictly judged.

The President of the Jury must bring with him/her a computer with the point system program.


Pictures of the dogs will be taken before and after the competition

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.

Judges can withhold awards at their discretion


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 sufficient to 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.

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.


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.

It is understood that contestants entering the competition accepted all the items of these rules.


Each applicant judge must send application to the EGA Council.

The applicant judge must have won at least 4 golden medals  in Champion class, with a minimun of 5 contestants, of international competitions in the competing class he/she wishes to judge as follows:

“Spaniel & Setter” with at least 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.

 The EGA Council will evaluate the validity of the request.

 After the Council’s approval the applicant judge must carry out at least 5 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.

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

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.

The location can be a grooming salon.

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

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)

Candidates can pass or fail the exam. Taking the exam does not mean to get the certificate.

The "Master Groomer Certificate" is issued by the National Association,signed by its President and Countersigned by EGA President

Groomers not belonging to a National Association can ask the EGA President to take exams to get a Master Groom certification. If the request is accepted the President has the assignment to examine the candidates and issue the certificate.