Poodle grooming is probably one of the first styles that come to mind when groomers start to learn the art of dog grooming. Those interested in a dog grooming career often ask: “where can I learn how to groom a Poodle?” and “how do I manage the different Poodle clips?” such as the more popular poodle cuts that a dog owner is likely to ask for. And of course the type of trim will be dependent on whether the poodle is being groomed for showing or for comfort at home.
Poodle Haircuts on DVD
It’s hard to beat watching a groomer at work to start to master the more complicated breed styles such as poodle grooming. If you can’t do it in person, then the next best thing is to watch a stylist grooming on a video.
Here is a DVD package that allows you to select 3 DVDs, each showing how to groom a different breed. And, as can be expected, one of the choices shows how to groom a Poodle. Many have found that this set of DVDs provide the visual instruction needed:
You can read a detailed review of this DVD collection here: What customers think about the Dog Grooming DVD Collection.
Origin of Standard Poodle Grooming
When we look back to the early days of the Poodle, we find that the show trim, which most people recognize, actually had a purpose although there is disagreement as to the authenticity of this theory.
It is thought that the puffs or poms (the round shaped balls of hair) around the feet for example were designed to keep the poodle’s joints warm in its role as a water retriever. The long mane was similarly intended to keep vital areas of the body nice and warm while swimming through cold water. Believe it or not the puff on the tail also had a purpose and that was to enhance its visibility when swimming. The close shave of the rest of the body was to make it easier for him to glide through the water without risk of entrapment in branches, or so the story goes. As you can see, the poodle grooming styles that we know today, or at least some of the Poodle haircuts, originated from very practical beginnings.
The poodle coat is considered to be very versatile which lends itself to a variety of clipping styles. When you start learning how to groom a Poodle, it pays to concentrate first on the more common Poodle Grooming Styles.
7 Different Poodle Grooming Styles
So what are some of the more common Poodle hair styles that a groomer needs to master in order to become proficient in a wide range of poodle hair cuts? Here are some of the standard Poodle cuts that you are likely to come across.
The Puppy Clip
This clip as the name suggests is reserved for younger dogs. Usually by the time they reach 12 months of age, a different style is selected.
In this case, the feet, face, and base of the tail are shaved closely. The body hair is allowed to grow and can be shaped according to personal preference. The pack is the front part of the main coat and is usually pulled up into a ponytail-like topknot.
The Poodle puppy cut can be used for showing poodles under the age of 12 months.
This is one of the most popular clips used for showing. Here again you see a close shave of the face, back quarters down to the poms, front legs between poms and elbow, feet, and the base of the tail. When you come to the pack area, leave it very long and trim it with scissors to the required shape. Just like the puppy clip, leave the topknot long and shape it into a ponytail. You should also leave the tail long and shape it into a round ball. Start the poms on the legs just above the wrists and hock joints and stop just above the feet. They also have a round shape. In this clip mode, place the hip rosettes exactly over the hip joint.
Modified Continental Clip
This style differs from the former simply with respect to hip rosettes. In the modified clip, you have a choice as to whether or not to include the hip rosettes.
This is sometimes known as the Kennel clip. The feet, face, and base of the tail are shaved closely. This time, the hair on the body is kept short and is simply clipped into shape. You should leave the topknot and the tail longer than the body hair. This style is ideal for summer and does not require much effort to take care of. How long the body hair is depends on the type of blade that is used. Normally, a 7 blade is used in this clip.
The Lamb Clip requires that the feet, base of the tail, and the face are all shaved closely. You should leave the legs, the tail, and topknot fluffy. You can either choose to have the body fluffy or clip it so that it is shorter than the legs. In essence, the length of the hair depends on personal preference.
This style is sometimes known as the Summer or Miami clip. Just like the previous clips, the feet, face, and the base of the tail are all shaved closely. You should leave the body hair fluffy but not excessively long. Clip the body hair into shape. When you come to the legs, shape them into poms at the bottom beginning above the wrist and stopping above the feet. It is your choice how long you want the hair to be.
Town and Country Clip
In addition to the feet, face, and the base of the tail, the neck area and wide belly band should be shaved closely. Furthermore, narrow lines are shaved closely between the withers along the spine and into the belly band. These narrow lines are also shaved between the hips along the spine and into the belly band. Leave the rest of the hair fluffy and clip into shape.
As you can see there are a number of different Poodle haircut styles. But watching a video tends to be more meaningful than studying Poodle haircuts pictures and can help you to master the basics.
Toy Poodle Haircuts
Who can resist the cute Toy Poodle or for that matter, the Miniature Poodle? Their charm is even more evident when sporting a stylish haircut. The Toy & Miniature Poodle guide covers all aspects of caring for your pet, including how to go about grooming various styles.
Requested Poodle Grooming Styles
When it comes to poodle grooming, what is most important is clipping according to the client’s wishes. This will vary according to whether the poodle owner wants a show clip or simply a pet clip. If the latter is requested, then you can be quite innovative and creative without being hampered by whether or not the clip meets with poodle style standards. If the former, then you will be clipping according to a predetermined style in which case you will find one of the online dog grooming courses even more helpful; you can get some tips from this post on selecting a dog grooming course. You will find that How to Groom a Poodle is usually covered in depth in most dog grooming courses.
Poodle Grooming Tools
There are a range of tools that can better facilitate Poodle grooming cuts, from the right kind of combs to Poodle grooming clippers and quality-made grooming shears.
If you are trying to decide how to choose the right dog clippers for Poodles, you can find some leads via our article on dog grooming tools.
I would love to hear of your experiences with grooming poodles. If you have any extra tips to share with our readers, such as tips for different poodle grooming styles, please leave a comment.
~ Guest & DGCO ~
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