Home and Exhibition Poodle Haircuts
Poodle ... Beautiful, playful, intelligent and unusually elegant dog. And if the playfulness and ingenuity of this breed are visible from the first minutes, haircuts will undoubtedly give beauty and elegance. The poodle needs to be cut regularly. And there are haircuts "home" (hygienic) and exhibition (official). The largest variety of haircuts can be seen, of course, at trade shows. We will talk about the three classic versions later. And now - a little about home poodle haircuts.
For some reason, the very word “home” makes us think that this is something unpretentious and unpretentious. A simple one — yes, a simple one — yes, but at the same time it also gives elegance and, most importantly, helps maintain hygiene. It is important to remember: even domestic haircuts of a poodle must be neat, otherwise the animal will be simply disfigured, and only miserable remains will remain of beauty.
Under the preparatory (or hygienic, home) haircut means haircut muzzle, paws (tips), abdomen, the base of the host and, of course, the genitals. The best tool for such work is a poodle clipper. Sometimes dog breeders stop on ordinary typewriters with nozzles. Shorn a dog after swimming, once a month. If you are new to this business, then provide such work to professional groomers. Watching their work, you will eventually learn how to cut it yourself.
But if even a not very experienced owner can cope with a hygienic hairstyle, then poodle show hairstyles require real professionalism. Here it is unacceptable not only the appearance of even small mats (and the poodle's hair is prone to their formation), but also extra millimeters of wool (or even their lack).
For example, one of the most common exhibition haircuts called "Lion" involves only long hair in the area of withers and head, and this hair grows for months! Therefore, to teach a dog to scissors, a typewriter and a comb should be done in advance, from childhood, otherwise “beauty guidance” will cost very large nerves not only to you and the groomer, but also the dog itself.
Now we will consider the main exhibition hairstyles of poodles (see photos opposite the description).
"Scandinavian Lion". Now there are two options for this haircut. Changes are dictated by fashion, or rather - fashion masters. Making out the hind legs of the poodle, quite recently it was customary to severely shear the hair from the back surface in order to show (emphasize) the corners of the hocks.
Now the thighs barely touch the fur, except for a little trim. It should be noted that this type of haircut is the most common, because it helps to hide small errors in the structure of the dog and at the same time emphasizes its virtues.
"Modern" (another name - "under the sheep") implies a complete removal of hair from the muzzle, cheeks, throat and paws. The abdomen is cut to the middle (by the second pair of nipples in the females and a couple centimeters from the penis in the males), and the tail by a third at the base. The whiskers on the face are left. Ears are not clipped. Be sure to have a "crown" hanging over the eyes. It is very important in cutting the gradual transition from the back to the pants, repeating the contours of the hind legs (from the bottom they should be wide). The tail is made in the form of a pom-pom. The paws with fingers are carefully cut (the expert should see the dog's claws well).
"Puppy haircut" close to the "modern". But since the wool has not grown enough yet, the mane is practically not sheared. Admission to the ring with such a haircut is possible only up to 18 months.
There are many more haircuts, but not every expert recognizes them. The two described above are classic. They should be performed flawlessly, in compliance with the smallest details. Mixing styles, as well as incorrect cutting in general, can lead to temporary disqualification or leave the dog without an assessment.