|Am I not adorable|
When I added Mr. Tuvok to my family several people advised me to get his hair clipped in a way that was not too poodle-ish. Now I get avoiding show clips, I don't really understand them and they certainly aren't practical for a family pet.
|Maverick, one of Mr. Tuvok's relatives in full show coat!|
However, I definitely want my dog to look like what he is! After all Mr. Tuvok and I are proud that he is a poodle. So I always ask whatever groomer we use to give him a traditional type pet poodle clip and to cut his face short so he looks like a poodle. Nearly every groomer has told me that the number one instruction they get from poodle owners is don't make him look like a poodle.
This weekend we tried a new groomer, I was using the groomer at the Vet but Tuvok is a bit afraid of the vet due to his recent shots and I didn't want to make a grooming appointment stressful for him. I'm lucky that he is very well behaved while being groomed and I don't want that to change. So we tried Downtown Woody's Grooming Salon in Jersey City and I asked for a summer
do, a Miami Clip. This was the inspiration. The women grooming Mr. Tuvok expressed her pleased surprise that I wanted a short face.
They did a great job and Mr. Tuvok looks fab and ready for summer. (They also gave him a tie which lasted about one hour before he started chewing it.)
This cut is also really practical and easy to mantain with just a few minuts of daily brushing, though he will need a trim in about four to five weeks. Of course most importantly its very comfortable for Mr. Tuvok. In fact in my opinion this short clip with a clean face and feet is more comfortable and practical that the current craze for so called "puppy cuts" that are floofier and obscure the face of the poodle, like the ones below:
I'm not saying the dogs in the images above aren't cute, they are, but I think dog guardians need to realize that these less poodle-ey cuts take a lot of daily maintenance, even more then some of the more traditional pet clips which already require at least daily brushing. When Tuvok was at the groomer there was a young gentleman with his standard poodle who had his hair like the one above. The groomer was explaining that the dog had many matts. I think that is something people really need to consider when they ask a groomer to ensure that their dog doesn't look like a poodle. (They also should also ask themselves why they got a poodle if they didn't want a dog that looked like one.) Poodles, like every breed, have a unique beauty and no poodle guardian should be trying to obscure it!