Poodle Grooming Styles

One of the nicest things about having a Poodle is that there are a number of different Poodle Grooming Styles to choose from. The fact that they have hair, and not fur, accounts for a part of the reason they can be cut in so many diverse styles. Due to the high level of clipping and syling of Poodles in France, they have long been associated in France as the national dog of the country. People love their poodles and take quite a bit of pride in their appearance.

Although there are so many Poodle Grooming Styles one can choose from, including the traditional cut which is used mostly for dog shows, I choose the teddy bear cut, which leaves Lucy looking quite adorable, but not very traditional.

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Lucy shows off her recent "teddy bear" cut

Unlike most dogs which have double coats, poodles have a single layer coat (no undercoat) composed of dense, curly fur that sheds minimally. They could be considered hypoallergenic (though not completely allergen free). Note that the poodle does shed, but instead of the fur coming off of the dog, it becomes tangled in the surrounding hair. This can lead to matting without proper care.

When showing a Poodle in conformation, the traditional “Lion Trim” is given…and the Poodle Lion Trim comes in 4 varieties: Puppy Clip, Continental Clip, Modified Continental Clip and English Saddle Clip. Pet Clips, meaning that many pet owners opt for this easy clip, are Kennel clip, Lamb clip, Dutch clip, Bikini clip and so on.

About 16 years ago, the “Teddy Bear” cut was introduced by a Japanese dog groomer, which started an instant boom of smaller size and toy poodles in Japan. It is a teddy bear look on a poodle, and unlike other typical elegant clips, smaller poodles look so cute and cuddly with that cut.

So, whatever Poodle Grooming Styles you may prefer for your poodle, we can all probably agree on one thing. Poodles are a terrific breed of dogs, and have these amazing and versatile coats of beautiful hair, that can be styled in numerous and creative ways.

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  1. This got my funny bone…yes I have seen all sorts of grooming styles but when i stop to think about it…sounds ridiculous..

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