~MFF: "My Furry Friends, can I help you?"
Customer: "Yes, I was wondering if you have a groomer there that knows how to do a 'correct' groom on a Goldendoodle?"
Now, I am not going to go into how this conversation went, because I have a question of my own?
Are dogs born with a grooming handbook that I don't know about?
What is a 'correct' groom for any breed.
I being serious.
I really want to know.
Is there some proof out there that Poodles must have shaved feet, or a shaved face?
Must Cockers have long ears with the top third of the ear shaved, and long skirts and legs that most owners are not able to keep up with?
Must Bichons have big poofy heads that make them look like they are going to topple all of the way over if they put their head down to sniff something?
Must Westies have heads groomed to look like they stuck their paw in a light socket?
Must Schnauzers and Scotties have eyebrows that grow to the tip of their nose?
Just who came up with these 'correct' grooms?
What is the 'correct' cut for a Cockapoo?
I could do this all night.
I want to meet the person who decides what a 'correct' groom is.
I am very sure that there are groomers, breeders, handlers out there that would love to debate me on this subject.
I not trying to start something.
I would just like to know who is this person is/was that has this almighty power to look a dog and say 'cut this and that, leave that and this'......that is the 'correct way'!
It is really not that big of a deal.
When I have a customer that comes in with a pure breed dog, and they ask me "what is the 'correct' way to groom my dog?" I tell them that there is no 'correct' way, there is a recommended way, but you can groom your dog anyway that you would like it to look.
It also amazes me how many pet owners think that they have to groom their dog the 'correct' (recommended) way.
They are so surprised when I tell them that they can have their dogs groomed any way thety want, and in a way that is good for their lifestyle, and something that they can easily take care of.
The funny thing is, that even owners who want their pure breeds groomed in the 'correct' (recommended) groom, almost always tweak the groom a little.
"Do the Cocker pattern, but I don't want a lot of hair on the legs", or "I don't want the skirt".
A lot of times, by the time they are finished 'tweaking', the groom doesn't look anything like the 'correct' (recommended) groom. :)
Now, what can I even say about the 'correct' groom on the designer breeds?
I know what I can say.....
THERE IS NO SUCH THING!
THERE IS NO 'CORRECT' GROOMING FOR A MIXED BREED!
I didn't mean to yell.
It is just that if one more person tells me that I am not a professional groomer because I don't know the 'correct' grooming for a designer breed, I am going to choke them.
Not really, but I am going to want to. :/
I know what.
How about if I sit down and come up with a 'correct' groom, pattern, style for all of the designer breeds out there?
Well, maybe not all of them, since there seems to be new ones popping up all of the time.
Let's see....a Schnoodle.....how about eyebrows with a clean face, tasseled ears, and boots on the feet.
A Maltipoo......how about a foo-man-chew mustache with a small topknot, shaved button ears, and a lamb pattern body with bell shaped legs.
Can you picture it?
It is like a blank canvas.
Why couldn't I do the same thing that the person who thought up the Poodle Continental, the Westie Style, and the Portuguese Water Dog style did?
Someone, somewhere sat down and thought up these grooming cuts, right?
Or, as I said before, were these pure breeds born with grooming handbooks that I don't know about?
I think that I am finally losing it.
I have inhaled too much hair over the years.
I think that I must have a large hair ball in my brain.
Don't mind me....I am in a strange mood tonight. :)
✂ Happy Grooming, MFF ✂