There’s a saying: “It’s hard to beat a standard poodle in the ring.”
Few fun facts:
That trim is from practical reasons, not frou-frou ones. From: water dog needs to be light yet protect brain, internal organs and joints.
“French” poodles are actually German.
In the group portions of the events, each dog is measure against its own breed standard, not against each other. (How would you compare a golden to a poodle…)
But by the time they get to the final 7 (for best in show, top representative from each group), there is a lot of individual preference and dog personality… Because any of them could be fair to win, pretty much)