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Old 05-22-2012, 02:54 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Curled tails... ugly? Grooming tips?

I have an 8-pound Toy poodle who will be 2 in August. She has an un-docked tail, like our family wanted. We didn't agree in docking tails. But now I wish she had a docked tail? I can't do a pom-pom. Also, her un-docked tail is curled. I read in other posts that some people think curled tails are "horrible" and they "couldn't STAND if their poodle had one" And it made me feel kinda bad about my pooch.

So, anyone have any grooming tips on how to style a curled poodle tail to make it look nice? Also, unfortunatley, her tail hair is quite thin.

Thanks everyone in advance!

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Also, I thought I should add, this isn't just a little curl. It's a full out BIG CURL! The end of her tail almost touches her back....

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A "bottle brush" tail trim can look very nice on an undocked tail.
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Well, I guess it's technically a fault, but I actually think it's cute! Just my uneducated opinion, but no need to feel bad about your sweet pup!
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ahhhhhh don't feel bad, I am sure your baby is perfect.
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Undocked tail on a curly coated breed, held over the back? I vote just go Bichon tail! Big pretty plume!

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At first I was unhappy that Zoe's tail, (long dock) curls over her rear. Now that I have had her for a few months, I love it! It is so cute. Don't let the preferred "show tail" get you down. The curled tails can be quite expressive and attractive in my opinion.
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Rumor has it that some of the straight show tails are surgically enhanced, with some tendons or something clipped to release the curve.

Other than the "gay" tail, our poodle is technically a pretty good specimen. I suspect yours is, too. Our dog is also a loyal family member, a companion, a source of comfort, and he works hard in puppy school and in training. He has passed STAR puppy testing and is on his way to Canine Good Citizen. He's driven to retrieve, to please, and to serve. He's not quite 7 months old. We are not dog trainers - we go to class with the dog, and he is smart, and driven.

I do not point out our dog's accomplishments to make you feel bad, but to get you on board with how fabulous your dog really is! When people ask or comment on the gay tail, called that because it curls gaily over the back, you can just let them know that your dog has accomplished great things, in your eyes, despite this obviously debilitating handicap! (I am sure there are Champions, now and in the past, who have had invisible disabilities, and I know for a fact that good grooming can cover a multitude of technical imperfections....)

Don't take it personally when people say things. It is a small person who must cut another off at the knees so s/he feels taller....

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It does not matter what other people prefer in a tail. People are use to seeing tails one way and it throws them off to see it a different way. The bichon type tail looks very cute - great idea fluffyspoos.
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I have an 8-pound Toy poodle who will be 2 in August. She has an un-docked tail, like our family wanted. We didn't agree in docking tails. But now I wish she had a docked tail? I can't do a pom-pom. Also, her un-docked tail is curled. I read in other posts that some people think curled tails are "horrible" and they "couldn't STAND if their poodle had one" And it made me feel kinda bad about my pooch.

So, anyone have any grooming tips on how to style a curled poodle tail to make it look nice? Also, unfortunatley, her tail hair is quite thin.

Thanks everyone in advance!

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Also, I thought I should add, this isn't just a little curl. It's a full out BIG CURL! The end of her tail almost touches her back....
I groom a standard who curls her tail when she's happy. I leave a long "plume" tail. When she curls it, it looks like a beautiful big pom.
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Rumor has it that some of the straight show tails are surgically enhanced, with some tendons or something clipped to release the curve.
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yep-I have heard this too. Seems some people meander over to the terrier area and (snip, snip to the tendon, shhhh) somehow the dog with the curly tail suddenly has a straight one. It's disgusting.

My girl has a squirrel tail (very long dock). It doesn't touch her back, but bends over several inches up. I prefer straight tails held up (they really are handsome like a flag waving about), but her tail is what it is and I don't mind it now. Most poodles with undocked tails will have a curl because nobody paid attention to the tails when they were docked short. That went on for decades, so now we have a fashion of long docks and you are seeing all the curls.

If your girls tail actually touches her back, I vote for the bichon tail, too! It is SO cute that way.
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