After you have been looking at all the wonderful Harlekin's at Guldtackan's I would like to tell you more about this color!
I can very often hear like this: Ohhh that was a marvellous dog! WHAT breed is it?
Then of course my start button gets on! And I explain for them....
The fact is Harlekins, like we calls them in Europe, the rest of the world calls them Parti colored (two colors) is the ORIGINAL color of the poodles, together with Black and Brown
This is something we NEVER can hide from, or get away from! What ever you want it or not!
When I got my first Harlekin baby, the rest of the Standard Poodle breeders told me; You are too crazy to registered a pup "like that" you should know better and just KILL it, that is what we use to do, when we get them!
At that time, I was just in chock, did not react on the words I was told, had my own thoughts...
But as the years has passed, and I got the blessed opportunity to move from Sweden I understood how "they" really where breeding. And for me it is just SO horrible, to kill some puppies, because they are the original colors, that some human have decided to "not accept". I can understand if its a fault with the pup, or if the litter is far too big, and to save the female from far too many puppies, but NOT because they are 2 or more colored.
And this Harlekin gene is behind the poodles still today.
I have got them! A lot of others has them! And if you are looking in old pedigrees, you find them more frequently, than today in the pedigrees. This is not strange at all to get Harlekins it IS the ORIGINAL Color! And it is a very eye catching colored poodle!
I have also heard like this; that "kind of Poodles are cross breeds"
Ja, we use to say, the last idiot is not born yet! The differences about those 2 senses are, the last one is true!
As I have told you here before the Harlekins are the original color of the Poodle. If you are looking into old pedigrees from the English Kennel Vulcan, you can follow up a lot of 2 colored dogs!
Germany was the first country in Europe that had the possibility to get into a better development of this color, all thanks to Mrs Liselotte Eckerstein. This was the first breeder who took the German standard for black and tan (Phanom) and Harlekin (particolored) and constructed this after the breeding she had received during her time.
She introduced them as "new colors" at FCI, together with 10 generations(!!) of the breeding lines. Unfortunately FCI decided against any recognition, but we are still some breeders that are trying to get this trough at FCI!
This happened during 1981 ...so we have been waiting for quite a long time, to get the marvelous original colors recognised.
Mrs. Eckerstein did not do all this work for nothing! All the 4 different German Poodle clubs was cleaver enough to accept Harlekin and Black and tan as "new colors" of the Poodles. Since then they have been showed, got titles just like all the rest : Blacks, Brown, Whites, Silvers and Apricots.....and now the lovely Reds.
Those of us, who are breeding Harlekins and Black and tans, we know that we CAN NOT give up, this is just to keep on fighting for! And they are worth to fight for, they are the ORIGINAL!
Here, I would like to say something to the German Poodle Clubs: I really wish there was MORE of them like you!! By this I do not mean more than the 4 different Poodle clubs you already have, no, I mean more like you in other countries!! But I think the persons who are in the board of the German Poodle clubs, has the glow for the breed, and this is what most of the rest of Europe's Poodle club are missing. Concerning my experiences, from Sweden and Holland, its just to go on with collecting members and earn money on a bad prepared show. This can never be good for the breed, we all love!
Guldtackan's Harlekin Donnerwetter
5 and a half months old
Of course we need to health test the Harlekins and Black/tan's as well!
This can be a problem into those countries that do not accept them for the original color they are! The breeders here, will go on and breed Harlekins and Black/tan's with out any registrations. And THIS is for NO good interest for the breed! We have no control over what is behind them, we know nothing about any heath issues! So the worsted that happens the Poodles is to accept to breed them because some of the part in the Poodle club, do not want them to be different or be like they was from the beginning!
If you have seen the Harlekins and Black/tan's at shows, specially in Germany, you see them most in a VERY short clip.
For the Scandinavian countries, for example, this is what kennel dogs or pet dogs has, so its not known that this clip, that is called MODESHUR is an accepted clip for the show dogs!
I will here give you the English translation how to prepare this clip.
"Modern clip" or Modeshur: Keeping hair on the four legs is only permitted providing the following norm standards are respected:
1. - Shall be clipped:
a) The lower part of the front legs, from the nails to the tip of the dew claw, the lower part of the hind legs up to an equivalent height. Machine clipping, limited to the toes only, is permitted.
b) The head and the tail as the preceding rules describe. Shall be exceptionally permitted in this clipping:
- the presence, below the lower jaw, of hair cut short not exceeding one centimeter thickness; its lower line will be cut parallel to the lower jaw. The beard called "goat's beard" is not tolerated.
- the suppression of the pompom on the tail (but this will slightly diminish the rating for "texture of coat").
2. - Shortened coat: On the body, to show on the back line a moiré (shot silk) effect more or less long of at least 1 centimeter. The length of the coat shall be progressively increased around the ribs and upper parts of the legs.
3. - Regularized hair:
a) On the head which stays with a claque (top knot) of reasonable height as well as on the neck, descending behind the neck to the withers, and in front, without discontinuity down to the shaven part of the foot following a slightly slanting line from the point of the sternum downward. On the upper part of the ears and up to a third of their maximum length, the hair may be cut with scissors or shaved in the direction of the hair. The lower part is left covered with hair of a length increasing progressively from top to bottom, to end up in fringes which can be adjusted.
b) On the legs, "trousers" marking a distinct transition with the shaven part of the feet. The length of the hair increases progressively upwards to show on the shoulder as on the thigh a length of 4 to 7 cm measured on straightened hair, in proportion with the size of the dog but avoiding any "bouffant" The trousers on the back legs must allow the typical angulation of the poodle to be seen. All other fancy clips which do not comply with these norm standards are eliminatory. Whatever the standard outline obtained through the grooming, it must never influence the classification at the shows, all dogs of the same class shall be judged and placed together.