Poodles are being transformed into different types of animals

There is a trend happening in the poodle grooming world where, with the use of colored dyes and special shearing techniques, Poodles are being transformed into different types of animals.

The question comes to mind, whether or not this qualifies as a living art or animal cruelty. Poodles are dyed green, pink, purple and other exotic colors and then are trimmed and clipped to look like everything from Yoda (from “Star Wars”) to pandas, camels, horses and other animals.

But there are some objections to this practice. As a way of promoting breast cancer awareness, a white miniature poodle named Cici, was dyed pink by a Boulder, Colorado groomer. The woman, Joy Douglass, received a $1000 ticket from an animal control officer who responded to complaints from people who saw the pink poodle and were not pleased.

Sometimes poodles have been dyed the colors and emblems of sports teams just for a weekend game and others have been dyed extreme designs or styles that border on the absurd.

Take a look at this youtube video on dying poodles different colors and styles.

I am reserving judgement here, but would love to know your opinions. Is dying a poodle and clipping it to look like a bumble bee, panda bear or camel cruel or creative? Please leave your opinions below in the comments section. The debate rages on about the way that Poodles are being transformed into different types of animals.


A Poodle is one of several dog breeds that do not shed

Did you know that a Poodle is one of several dog breeds that do not shed at all?  It is one of the many characteristics that make the standard, toy and miniature poodle such a great dog to have.  Poodles are one of the top non-shedding breeds of dogs  along with such breeds as Maltese, Yorkshire Terrier, Shih Tzu and Bichon Frise and several other breeds.

poodle being clipped and groomed

This poodle does not seem to mind being groomed

Besides the fact that they really don’t shed at all, they have hair, and not fur.  This also makes for the fact that they are hypoallergenic dogs.  They are much a much better breed of dog to have in homes where people are prone to allergies.

A poodle has thick hair, which, if they do shed slightly, the hair usually stays in the coat.  They do need to be brushed often and daily if at all possible.  This will keep the coat in good shape, and avoid getting matted.

Poodles also need to be bathed and groomed every four to six weeks, usually, or at least every 8 weeks at the most.  There are several kinds of cuts or clips which you can get for your pup.  Some are the puppy clip, lamb clip or the teddy bear clip.  There are also the well known show clips, known as the English saddle clip and the Continental clip.  This is where most of the body is shaved close and there are pom palms at the tail’s ends and puffy bracelets around the legs nearest to the paws.

If you are considering a dog and are not sure of which kind of a dog to get, consider a poodle, whether it be a mini, toy or a standard.  Not only is a Poodle is one of several dog breeds that do not shed, but they are super intelligent, easy to train, great with kids and they are great with people who suffer from allergies to dander.  As wonderful as golden retrievers and labs are, you will be picking up fur and hair all day long.


Actress Emma Watson was criticized for walking a pink poodle

Some of you poodle owners may be interested to know that there was a story in the news recently about a controversy over

the fact that Actress Emma Watson was criticized for walking a pink poodle.  What is all of the fuss about, you may be wondering?

miniature poodle

I think we will leave out the pink this time at the groomer

Apparently, Emma Watson was just walking the dog for a friend, and was not even the dog’s owner, as it turns out.  The poodle had been dyed pink and people are saying it isn’t healthy or safe for the dog to have it’s hair dyed pink.

Actress Emma Watson was criticized for walking a pink poodle

The following paragraph comes from Mother Nature Network, where the story was discussed.

Emma Watson is firing back at critics after she was spotted walking a pink dog in London.

After photos of the pair were published online, the “Harry Potter” actress was instantly besieged by animal rights supporters to consider the dyeing of pets to be cruel.

As Watson clarified online, the dog isn’t even hers — and was dyed pink to raise money for the fight against breast cancer.
Is it dangerous to dye your poodle pink or any other color.  I think not, but I do respect the opinions of those who make the argument that the dog has no say in the matter and that it may be better of without the added color or colors.  I make no judgement here, but only wish to report on this story.
Where there are pink poodles, there will be controversy!   The fact that Actress Emma Watson was criticized for walking a pink poodle was not fair to Ms. Watson, since she was not the one who colored the poodle pink.  It was not her dog, which she was just walking for a friend.
What do you think about dying a poodle different colors?  Is it cruel treatment of a dog or is it just a cute new hairdo?  Let us know your thoughts about it below in the comments area.
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How Often Should A Poodle Be Groomed?

People often ask How Often Should A Poodle Be Groomed?  Most people who own poodles already know about their coat.  The poodle’s coat is easily tangled and the hair gets matted if grooming is not done regularly.  It’s not just a matter of grooming your mini, standard or toy poodle every 4 to 6 weeks.  It’s about maintenance and daily brushing to keep a poodle’s coat from getting tangled and matted.

How Often Should A Poodle Be Groomed?

Poodles are high maintenance dogs and require around 10 to 15 minutes at a minimum of brushing and combing.  If you can, brush the coat and comb the hair as well.  This will really ensure that the coat does not get matted.  If you brush your dog’s coat but do not comb it, it can still get mats.

Lucy, our minature poodle was just groomed recently

Don’t make the assumption that if your dog gets groomed once a month or every four weeks, that you do not have to brush it every day.  It is very important to do this or the undercoat will become matted.  When your poodle is a puppy, begin the brushing daily to acquaint your dog with having it’s coat brushed.  Be gentle and do not dig in or scrape the skin, but gently brush evenly and your dog will take to it nicely.

Here are some suggestions for keeping the proper grooming schedule from DogGroomers.com


Grooming a poodle is very important, and though there are varying opinions on appropriate schedules, a good general rule is that poodles ought to be groomed around every three to five weeks for maximum results. This does not mean that you can slack off, however, as you need to brush a poodle every day to keep the long hair these dogs have free from tangling and matting, which can be harmful to a poodle’s coat.
If your poodle is a puppy, expect to spend more time grooming and brushing, as their hair will become tangled much faster than an adult’s will. If you don’t devote a good deal of time to professional and at home grooming routines your dog will grow to absolutely despise visiting the dog groomer.
A professional dog groomer or grooming salon can also provide other necessary grooming services including shampoos, nail clipping, teeth brushing (which should be done as often as possible), ear cleaning, and other good health and hygiene services.

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As for a definitive answer on just How Often Should A Poodle Be Groomed, a lot will depend on the daily home maintenance and how careful you are at keeping up with brushing and combing your poodle’s coat.  It comes with the territory, as they say, but it is worth every minute of the time spent.  You will have a beautiful and happy dog and there is nothing quite so lovely as a well groomed poodle!

How often do you get your poodle groomed?  Do you do your own grooming or go to a groomer?  Do you brush at home every day?  Please comment in the comment box below.  We love to hear about your experiences with grooming and brushing your babies.

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How To Groom A Poodle With The Teddy Bear Clip (Video)

For those who like to do their own grooming at home, or for anyone interested in seeing how it’s done, here we have a video on How To Groom A Poodle With The Teddy Bear Clip.

Fortunately, for this groomer, this miniature poodle is very well behaved and patient during it’s clipping.  Some poodles get a little restless during their haircut, but this pup seems very calm while being groomed.

Remember to be very careful when doing the areas close to the eyes, ears and the pads of the paws.


How To Groom A Poodle With The Teddy Bear Clip (Video)



How To Groom A Poodle

A lot of people have asked me for some tips on How To Groom A Poodle at home.  A poodle’s coat can get very matted if not brushed very regularly.  Dampness and static tends to get those tight curls messy and matted, so it’s best if you can do some brushing daily and keep regular monthly grooming appointments.

If you want to groom your own poodle at home and are looking for some good tips, here is some good information on How To Groom A Poodle which comes from ehow.com.  Here are some of the basic steps you need to do to get the job done correctly.

Our poodle, Lucy, just after her last grooming


    ◦    1 Brush out your Standard Poodle’s double coat with metal combs and a slicker brush. The guard coat protects the thick undercoat, but the undercoat can matt and tangle if you don’t comb through it regularly. The undercoat is somewhat soft and cotton-like in texture which makes it very susceptible to unruly matting, a tendency that’s intensified by the curly shape of the hair. Standard Poodles shed very little hair, if any.
◦    2 Use a mat rake and a splitter to help remove particularly well-knotted clumps of hair. Be careful not to tug or pull on the hair to avoid hurting your dog.
◦    3 Check the ears regularly for ear mites. Poodles tend to have a lot of ear hair growth, which should be trimmed back if too copious.
◦    4 Scale the dog’s teeth fairly regularly. Consult a professional if you’re unsure how to properly and safely scale your poodle’s teeth.
◦    5 Decide what cut you think looks best on your dog. As with most breeds, there are different rules for trim on a pet and a show dog. However, with Poodles, even the regular pets are cut many different ways. The most popular choice for pets is the “Lamb Trim.” It’s the easiest to maintain, as the hair is cut to the same length all over the body.


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For more about How To Groom A Poodle yourself at home, here is a video of a woman grooming a small poodle using clippers.  Watch the video as she explains and demonstrates how to properly use the clippers and what direction to go in as you are doing your trimming and clipping of the poodle coat.


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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Brushing Your Poodle’s Head And Ears

As we poodle owners all probably know, it takes regular brushing in between grooming appointments to keep our poodles hair neat and looking good.  So Brushing Your Poodle’s Head And Ears is a real important part of the daily grooming ritual.  It’s a real messy problem when your poodle’s hair and coat become matted and tangled, which can happen if regular, if not, daily maintenance is not done.
Here’s a short video done by a poodle owner with some suggestions as she brushes out her small poodles ear and top knot.  Our Lucy, who is a small poodle, gets brushed just about every day, except when she gets shaved down close to the skin once or twice a year, which is usually in the summer months.  Check out this youtube video on Brushing Your Poodle’s Head And Ears.  It’s a good look at the basics of how to keep your poodle looking fantastic in between visits to the groomer.



Brushing Your Poodle’s Head And Ears should be about as regular as brushing your own teeth. The more often it is done, the easier it is to maintain the nice look and feel of your poodles coat, especially those ears!


Poodle rescued from the ice is up for adoption again

If anyone has followed this story about a harrowing rescue of a small white poodle known as the “ice man”, I have more sad news on this story and that is that this poor little Poodle rescued from the ice is up for adoption again.

He wandered onto the ice, and fell into the freezing water. Then he was rescued by a brave and hard working team of rescue workers and brought to the local animal shelter in Denver. Then, since his original owner never bothered to claim him, he went up for adoption. Then he was adopted and now, since the woman who adopted him has just came back to return him, this Poodle rescued from the ice is up for adoption again.

Iceman, a white toy poodle, was pulled from Berkeley Lake on Denver’s west side last month after it fell through thin ice.

His original owner never claimed him. This week, the woman who adopted Iceman returned him to Denver Animal Control.

We’re told she couldn’t afford the dog.

Couldn’t the woman have figured that out before taking this dog home and then bringing it back to the shelter? I am amazed and stunned at the lack of understanding and lack of compassion people can have. They think that they can just return this little poodle as if you were returning a book from the library or bringing a video back to the rental store. This is a living creature with feelings and fears and I am sure it’s suffering after all it as been through.

Now having just found out that this Poodle rescued from the ice is up for adoption again, I sincerely feel as though I want to take a long drive to Denver and claim this sweet little poodle and give him a home once and for all. I wish I were closer, but it’s a very long way away from New Jersey.

I hope there is a real happy ending for this sad little poodle pup.

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Poodle Grooming Tips

It is very important to keep a poodle or poodle mix dog’s coat maintained regularly, and here are some important Poodle Grooming Tips to keep in mind. The coat of a poodle tends to get matted easily so brushing is very important to do once or twice a day, if possible. Matting can be a real problem and makes it necessary to have the poodle shaved close to the skin when taken for it’s haircut. That can be avoided you use a brush at home and daily to get all the kinks out of the coat.

Nails should be trimmed every time the dog visits the groomer. Make sure your groomer takes care of this as an ingrown nail can be very painful. Your dog should be used to getting it’s nails trimmed regularly, and if it is a dog that is nervous and afraid or very sensitive when it’s paws are handled, make sure you let the groomer know so he or she can prepare for this. Just informing the person who does the grooming about your dog’s sensitivities can avoid injuries.

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Lucy, our poodle, shows off her newly groomed coat

Find a good and reputable groomer to take your dog to. Ask around, check local review sites or get a recommendation from another poodle or dog owner. Poodles are a very particular breed and usually need special attention. Take your dog to a groomer with experience in dealing with poodles, as their hair is very different than that of other breeds. It tends to be wiry and thick when it’s long and needs frequent brushing and washing.

It’s a good idea to check with your vet about your pets grooming needs and maybe they can refer you to someone who has a good reputation and who can do a good job with your dog.

Probably the most important of all of the Poodle Grooming Tips is simply to stick to a regular grooming schedule and have your appointments set up for regular intervals of around 4 to 5 weeks apart. This is key to maintaining a healthy and attractive coat.

Ann Hohenhaus, DVM offers this advice as written in WebMD.com

As a veterinarian, I know that keeping your pet well groomed helps to keep them healthy.

In between visits to the groomer, pet owners should brush their long-haired cat or dog; otherwise mats appear. Ignore the mats and they start to hold moisture and grime against your pet’s delicate skin which can result in a skin infection under the mat. Pets’ nails must be trimmed on a regular basis, otherwise an overgrown nail can tear into the paw pad, causing pain and infection.

As for in-between visits to the doggy salon, here is what she says about doing your homework and the importance of maintenance with a good brush to avoid messy and matted pooches.

Professional grooming can transform your underdog to a wonderdog, but without some maintenance work at home, your dog will quickly become shabby. Daily brushing will keep long-coated dogs and cats from matting, but short-coated pets benefit from the use of a deshedding tool like the FURminator®. These professional quality tools help remove hair, which decreases the accumulation on your sofa and helps prevent nasty, soggy cat hairballs on your floor or bed. Frequent deshedding helps decrease hair in your home and in turn helps those with allergies to pets. If you have a new puppy or kitten, start early, teaching them good grooming habits by trimming their nails one paw at a time and brushing them daily.

We brush Lucy daily, although we sometimes miss a day here and there. I definitely notice a difference when we don’t brush for a day or two. Her hair tends to get tough and extra curly so the more frequently it gets done, the less difficult it is to get the kinks out. Also, the brushing is a sort of massage that actually helps the dogs skin and keep the dogs from getting that smelly dog odor. It will also lessen the shedding, which is a good thing.

If you are looking for a really good brush to use at home with your poodle, I recommend the Furminator, which Ann also recommends in her article, which you can get from amazon through our affiliate link below, here.

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