Why is that the first thing out of the mouths of so many of my customers.
"Don't make him/her look like a Poodle!"
I can understand if they have a Poodle and don't want the clean feet and face, but I get that comment on breeds that I couldn't make look like a Poodle if I tried.
I know that I am probably not the right person to talk about this.
I own 4 Poodles, and I love the Poodle look.
I think the problem is, that most people think of the show clips and the pom pom clip that they see Poodles in.
Or they have seen Poodles like this Model dog, with big puffy heads, and poms on their tails.
People don't understand, that if I was cutting their dog to look like this or like the picture above, it would cost them mega bucks.
Today I had a Standard Poodle in that belongs to a long time customer.
This is her third dog.
I have groomed all three.
The first one was a short haired LabX that lived to be 18.
I only groomed her the last few years of her life.
Her second dog was a Shep/SpanX, with medium length hair that lived well into her teens.
She always had the Shep/SpanX's feathering scissored up tight to the body.
I was a little surprised when she rescued the St. poodle.
She would not be used to the high maintenance.
I blogged about this Poodle a while back.
Her owner wanted her face to grow out, no poodle feet, no pom on the tail, and she wanted her coat curly.
The curly coat thing did not last.
The face grew out to about 3" before she started to ask for the face to be cut a little shorter.
I had a feeling that the feet would be shaved eventually.
This owner was very used to having dogs with very short, shaved type faces and feet on her Lab and Shepard mixes.
I have to say that I was surprised when she first got the dog and told me that she did not want the dog to look like a poodle.
Every groomer knows how frustrating it is to make a Poodle NOT look like a Poodle.
No matter how a Poodle is cut, it will always look like the breed it is!
Even with this little guy, who I saw groomed at one of Groom Expo's competitions a few years ago, you can tell is a Poodle.
The many looks of a Poodle:
The Pom Pom cut.
The Town & Country cut.
The Bikini cut.
Whatever you want to call it, I have heard it called all of these cuts.
Body/Legs: #4f, #5f, 7f, #10 can be used on the body.
*Tip: If you are using a long blade on the body, go one blade length shorter on the legs to help define the pom poms. Kind of like a reverse lamb. Make sure to blend the two lengths.
Pom Poms: Hand scissor round
The Pet German cut:
Body: because this is the pet version, the body and legs were done like a Lamb cut. 3/4 blade on the body and scissor the legs to the desired length.
Ears/Tail: This is what gives the cut the German look. Ears off with a #4f, #5f, 7f, or #10. The ears pictured were clipped with a #4f blade. The Tail was scissored, and blended into the body, tapering at the end.
A competition German cut.
Hand scissored by a very skilled groomer.
A Lamb cut.
Body: any blade length.
Legs: usually two to three blade lengths longer than the body. Can be left longer and fuller if desired. Blending the legs, smoothly into the body gives the lamb look.
(This Poodle also had the German head and tail.)
The Retriever cut.
Body: #5f, #7f, or #10 blade. The shorter the blade the better the pattern looks.
Legs: Hand scissored full legs with sharp lines. Pattern set high on the shoulders and hips.
A Kennel cut.
Body/Legs: This is an even all over cut. Any blade can be used on the body and legs.
*This cut is also considered, by some groomers, a short puppy cut.
**For me, this cut turns into a Puppy cut when any blade longer than a #4f blade is used.
Face: shaved clean with a #10 blade against the grain.
A Poodle face, short but not shaved.
Face: clipped with a #4f blade, against the grain, and scissored.
Tight, round face.
Face: skimmed with a #4f blade, with the grain, and scissored to shape.
Full, round face.
Face: Hand scissored full and round, in proportion with the body.
Schnauzer type face.
Top of Head: #5f blade. Clip the top of the head and down the side of the face, leaving eyebrows and the beard. Blend into the top of the ears. Scissor eyebrows and beard to the desired length.
Poodle with no topknot.
Topknot, ears, and face clipped with a #4f blade.
Today that long time customer asked to try the Poodle cut this time.
She said that the face and feet were growing too fast.
She was still a little hesitant about 'The Poodle Look'.
I don't know about you, but the dog looked like a Poodle to me even when she had the fuller face and full feet.
This is what she looked like when I was finished with her today.
I say again....I like 'The Poodle Look'.
Happy Grooming, MFF