Hairstyles for Poodles

by Pauline Gill, Demand Media
    A poodle's coat grows fast and needs to be clipped often.

    A poodle's coat grows fast and needs to be clipped often.

    With so many poodle hairstyles to pick from, choosing a cut for your pooch can be fun. The first decision is whether you want a show cut or a casual cut. Each category of cut has a number of styles for your poodle.

    Considerations

    Show cuts are precisely cut to American Kennel Club and United Kennel Club standards. Choose a groomer who is familiar with the standards, if you are planning to show your dog. The scissor-cut areas are longer than with casual cuts and require daily brushing to avoid matting and a longer time for the pup's coat to dry after bathing. Casual cuts have more hairstyle options. You can choose to have the coat cut shorter, so everyday brushing might not be necessary.

    Show Cuts

    Judges allow only the traditional lion trim for shows, in four varieties. For the puppy clip, the groomer shaves the face, feet and base of the tail. The rest of the coat is scissor-cut to the shape of your dog's body. The continental clip includes close shaving around the face, top of the legs, base of the tail and hindquarters. The groomer shapes poms on the bottom of the legs and above the hip area. The front of the body or pack area is left long and shaped. The modified continental clip is similar except the rounded poms on the hip area or hip rosettes are eliminated. The English saddle clip has many poms. The groomer shaves the neck, face, base of tail and front of the legs. She shapes poms on the bottom of the front legs, and two poms are shaped on the back legs. She scissor-cuts the hips and the flanks. The front and head of the dog's coat is longer.

    Casual Cuts

    Hairstyle choices abound, if you don't plan to show your dog. Four popular styles are the town and country clip, kennel clip, lamb clip and the Miami clip. For the town and country clip, the groomer shaves the face, neck, belly band, feet and base of the tail. The rest of the coat is scissor cut to the dog's shape with curved edges. For the kennel clip, the groomer shaves the face, feet and base of the tail. The rest of the body is scissor-cut and shaped to the body. The lamb clip is similar to the kennel clip. The major difference is the legs. The coat is longer than the body. For the Miami cut, the groomer shaves the face, feet and base of the tail. The body is fluffed and scissor-cut to your preferred length. Poms are shaped at the bottom of the legs.

    Other Cuts

    The Dutch cut has variations. The pajama Dutch cut includes shaving the face, neck, feet, belly band and base of the tail. The legs and body are all scissor-cut to the same length. The Pittsburgh Dutch clip is similar to the pajama clip, but a line is shaved between the shoulder blades and down to the belly band. The fox clip has no pom on the tail. The groomer shaves the face, feet and the tail. The coat on the legs is longer than the rest of the body. The topknot or top of head is fluffy. The German clip also has no pom on the tail. The groomer shaves the face to the corners of your poodle's mouth as well as the neck, feet, tail and ears. The head and body are fluffed.

    About the Author

    Pauline Gill is a retired teacher with more than 25 years of experience teaching English to high school students. She holds a bachelor's degree in language arts and a Master of Education degree. Gill is also an award-winning fiction author.

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