You tend to get those days once and awhile, where half of your day is full of one breed of dog.
It mostly happens with Poodles or Bichons.
Some days, you can get too many Cockers in one day.
Any more than four Cockers in a day and you might as well shoot yourself.
Poodles aren't too bad, because they come in different sizes and colors.
Of course, Poodles mean a lot of shaved feet, but even then some Poodles don't get their feet shaved.
Bichons can be rough though.
If you have a day full of Bichons, you feel like you are going snow blind if you don't have a darker color dog in the mix somewhere.
Friday we had a Yorkie day.
It's not unusual to have two or three Yorkies in a day, but Friday we had six on the books.
Yorkies...they can be a pleasure and easy groom, or they can be a heart attack waiting to happen.
I don't even want to talk about what it is like in the grooming room when you have a yapping Yorkie.
Imagine six of them yapping at the same time.
Thankfully none of the them were yappers.
Just the occasional yappy out burst when you walked by them with another dog.
Yorkies also come in different shapes, sizes, and coat types.
Most of the Yorkies on Friday had thin wispy coats.
This little guys owner has specific instructions about the way he wants his dog groomed.
Face: Leave beard and head long with bangs.
Body: Leave long with part down the back, but scissor the sides and chest up to the body outline.
Legs: Scissor short to around an 1" to 1 1/2" left.
Ears: Shave tips with #15 and scissor
This little lady normally gets clipped with a #4F blade, but it's getting colder, so Mom only wanted a bath and trim to neaten.
This little guy gets clipped with a #4F blade on the body and legs.
The head is shaped up round, but at the same time leaving the beard and side of the head on the longer side, to keep the Yorkie look.
This guys hair does not grow very well on his ears, so they are scissored to neaten.
This Yorkie and the two above were groomed by my daughter.
This Yorkie has a very thick, plushy coat.
He normally gets a #5F on his body and legs, but his owners wanted him a little longer for winter.
So I clipped his body and legs with a 3/4 blade, and scissored to finish.
The owners like the head short, so I clip the top of the head with a #4F blade and skim down the sides of the head.
This Yorkie slobbers a lot, so I take the beard off with the #4F blade and scissor the mustache up tight to the lip line.
The ears are tipped with a #15 blade, and then scissored tight to blend with the rest of the head.
The cut on this Yorkie is similar to the cut on the first Yorkie.
The owner of this dog likes to have the look of long hair, with the part down the middle of the back, but she also wants the hair shortened without cutting into the body.
So I do a very tight outline trim on the body, scissoring the skirt and chest up to the body.
Even though the legs look short, they are only shaped up to neaten.
The head is left on the long side, but trimmed up enough to be in proportion with the rest of the body.
The ears are tipped with a #15 blade, and then scissored and blended into the head.
The sixth Yorkie was a No Show.
At least these 5 Yorkies were quite. :)
Happy Grooming, MFF