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Old 04-06-2009, 04:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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does it really matter if your dog has matted fur? i know a lot of ppl want their dog's fur to be easily brushable, but does it serve a purpose besides simply looking good?

i think my poodle looks cuter with matted fur. it's kind of a dirty/grunge/troublemaker look. i just wanna be sure that there isn't any harmful side effects to having matted fur other than a grunge-looking dog.
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Matted hair can produce skin problems, irritations, sores, etc... Curly or not blown dry would be a better "grunge" look than mats. IMHO
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dang, guess i can't be lazy anymore. :(
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As the hair matts it gets tighter,pulling on the skin.
It can cause bruises and is painful.
If you go on petfinder,look up poodles and you will see some horrible images of matted dogs.
You can always keep your pup in a sporty,short clip,which requires considerably less maintenance.

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i think i'm gonna get some electric clips and just shave her all over with a short-medium clip. her hair is so thick!
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If you're poodle's fur is already matted don't fall in love with a with a clip that uses a snap on comb. Those will not go through the mats, nothing clips through a matt actualy. The only way to remove is to get between the matt and the skin, so it depends on how tight they are to the skin as to how long you can leave the hair. Sometimes if the matting is kind of bad, you have to clip all the way down to the skin. Sometimes if it isn't sooo bad you can use a #4 blade to clip. That will leave a short coat but still long enough to have a little bit of fluff. Either way if matts are present you cannot use a comb attachment, it won't work unless you are able to brush him out completely and then clip.

Good Luck! Would love to see before and after pictures
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does it really matter if your dog has matted fur?

my view is pretty much the same as aboove matted fur is very uncomftable for the dogs and its such a shame to let them get in to a state like that sorry sont want to have a go at you but i really upsets me when i see dogs on a weekly bases matted so badley that they have sores on there skin and things buried in there coats

personally i would take your dog to a groomer to be shaved down and start over to get the hair cut you want

i know its sad but i have upladed some pics to show the state i see some dogs please dont let yours get that bad its not nice for the dog at all
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Matted fur can also give your dog a bad odor besides the already mentioned problems. You can only imagine what kind of stuff can get caught in the matts (dirt, grass, food) and even urine/waste around the potty area. It can get smelly pretty quickly!

There are some groomers who will cord a poodle for you but it's very hard to take care of. The impression I get from it is that it's basically organized matts, lol. It looks pretty nifty but if you're already not wanting to brush him it would be next impossible to keep the cords healthy and to keep the dog from smelling bad. The bathing process alone for a corded dog is a good day project.



I agree with the short/summer clip on your dog, it would be easy to maintain and easy to brush through to get dirt and such out. With a little bit of research it's something you could easily do yourself with the right blades and good clippers. I like using a #3 for a semi-plush look but still fairly easy to brush out and doesn't need daily maintnance like some of the longer cuts.
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cords aren't supposed to go all the way down to the skin if I understand correctly. So they don't pull on the skin. They are also thin and lghter in weight that regular matts that may be very large and pulling on skin over a large area.

There is a breeder/groomer about an hour from me that will cord a poodle for the barin price of 500.00 dollars plus boarding, bathing, and regular grooming fee (you're dog has to live with him for at least 3 months...) I don't think cords are in my future lol.
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