Can you clarify a little? Are you not wanting to band the base of the tail?
In the continental, the hindquarters is shaved as is the base of the tail. In a lamb trim, the base of the tail is typically shaved/banded just the same.
Are you saying you don't want to shave the dog's hindquarters? Or the base of the tail? If you're going to be shaving the dog's hindquarters in a continental, I don't see how banding the bottom of the tail just a couple fingers wide will interfere with the long flowing tail. By long flowing tail, do you mean long tail hair? How long are we talking? Or do you mean undocked?
This is how a tail base typically looks in continental. It's usually shaved at the base just the same in a lamb trim, too, though you don't have to. Are you saying you'd rather not shave the base of the tail? I think it'd look OK if you shaved less of the base of the tail, maybe just one finger width.
I really wanted to have Angel, my mini, in a continental for the winter but then I realized, duh, she has a long flowing tail that I don't want to have shaved!
I was wondering what the combo of a continental and a long flowing tail would look like. Probably bad, but maybe good?
Does anyone have any input or pictures?
We might have to go with a lamb clip. :(
I am not on this forum very often, but just happened to see this thread. Vinnie is 18", so a bit larger than your mini probably, but his tail is not docked and I keep him in a continental. I don't do rosettes as he has a rather gay tail and they would be covered anyway. Here are a few shots to give you an idea of what it looks like. His tail hair is 6-8 inches long and the base of his tail is shaved about 2 inches (it keeps things tidy and looks better I think):
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