Those of you who show, when do you begin tipping the longest parts of the mane/topknot? Albi is 6 months old, and while I am not showing her (so I'm not that fussed about it), I'm going to try to keep the long mane for at least a while, depending on how crazy her coat change is.
I also feel like her topknot is not growing as fast is it should, the bit above the band still doesn't really spread out and fluff nicely. When we grew out my parent's adult spoo, it seemed like she grew like weed. Is it just because puppy fluff is more delicate?
The first photo was Sunday, the day I groomed her, and the second is tonight. You can see in that one how the ends of the mane are very wispy where I've never cut it. Should I tip that off or leave it?
Names of dogs: Holly, Iris and Wiz, Quincy,Journey and Pearl
Poodle Type: Standard red, apricot and black
Location: Ontario, Canada
Thanked 11,816 Times in 3,595 Posts
Do you mean trimming? I do not believe Quincy top know or neck have ever had anything scissored off them. Grow, grow, grow is what his handler says. While everything else get scissored, either very little or a great deal, the head and neck are not touched with scissors,, to the best of my knowledge.
Yes, just taking the tips off. From having spoken to handlers/breeders at shows, it seems many of them just snip the tips off of the ends on the topknot and neck, not more than a half inch, though. But those poodles were adults with LOTS of coat already, so I'm unsure if or when it is started on a puppy.
Ideally, you wouldn't do it, but you have a fair amount of damage and it will grow better if you do it.
We do grow, grow, grow but it is so grooming can shape the topknot and neck. When Michele first cut Annie's topknot and neckhair after spraying her up I almost had a heart attack! Her ears also get trimmed pretty regularly, as she is small and short loined and pretty and really long ears are out of balance on her.
Also, be sure you are keeping your girl's skin healthy - not dry - Omega 3 6 9 and feed high protein, high fat. TOTW and EVO are both great coat growers!
Last edited by NOLA Standards; 03-09-2011 at 09:21 PM.
I feed TOTW. I was familiar with it before (have my cat on it), and that's what Albi's breeder feeds her dogs. I also condition the heck out of her when I bathe, since it's super dry here. Her skin is great so far.