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Old 12-05-2012, 09:32 AM   #11 (permalink)
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awesome pictures! I love the look of corded topknots on poodles, I'm not sure if I could ever do it with my own girl tho... maybe some day! Do the cords stink at all? I've heard of people starting dreads in their own hair with wax etc, I wounder if the same rules apply to dogs?
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Wow, Temperance is SUCH a beauty!!! I really like the corded look, too. I first saw it demonstrated in a picture of a male show poodle; from the late 1800's, I believe. He DID NOT look dainty or foo foo! I bet my DH would go for that on our Lou Bear. It's a wild Rock N Roll look for sure.


ps: It was a LOL moment when I saw the pic of the corded poodle in the tub!!!
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I think I'm going to do it.

The DH is all "no, no, no, no!" But honestly, it's not like HE is going to groom the dogs.
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i checked out the book on my kindle since i hacve it free for a bit.

the first half ot he book was a list of his accomplishments and a bunch of pictures of dogs he's shown (not just corded poodles)

the info on cording and the pics were okay, but to be honest it could be done in a few blog posts.

he showed how to float the cords (basically bathing them in a tub fully filled with water to make sure the cords and skin gets fully saturated which i dont do since temperance isn't fully corded)

he talked about cording in a grid pattern.

one thing that kind of freaked me out was his tip to put 1/4 cup bleach in the bath water to help prevent the cords from mildewing. i think there are other ways besides bleach.

i spent about 45 minutes on the book.

i mean there is some info in there, but there is also some good info free online too.
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awesome pictures! I love the look of corded topknots on poodles, I'm not sure if I could ever do it with my own girl tho... maybe some day! Do the cords stink at all? I've heard of people starting dreads in their own hair with wax etc, I wounder if the same rules apply to dogs?
my son had dread locks years ago so we discussed some of the methods including wax. the problem wiht using wax is how dirty the cords can get with dirt getting up in the wax.
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I don't think I am okay with putting a dog in diluted bleach. Maybe I am being over sensitive to that idea, but there just has to be a better way.
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i agree.
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I have a corded standard in a conti ... and I recently chopped off around a foot of cords

Cords do not smell if you bathe your dog (Faerie can attest to the fact that Foxxy does not smell as she has met her and I have had the pleasure of meeting Faerie and her poodles), and if you do not allow the ear cords to soak up water from the water dish ... water is your friend as well as an enemy with cords.
I would NEVER bleach my dog ... I have used vinegar to keep the mildew at bay, but with the shorter cords now I do not have to worry about it.

I used to "float" the cords as suggested in the book, but holy crap that takes so much time and Foxxy never got so clean using that method. I now use a bathing recirculater and that gets the cords wicked clean, saturated and rinsed.. takes me less than half the time of "floating".

I have had negative comments about Foxxy, from poodle people whom think it is inhumane and cruel to matt a poodle. These are usually people whom have never touched a corded poodle. The cord matts about an inch from the skin and it weighs next to nothing. Mainly Foxxy garners a lot of favorable attention, and she loves it she is an attention slut galore.

There are a few different methods on cording and it all depends on what works best for you and your poodles hair. and you have to be prepared to take at least twice as long to get anywhere in public, because you will be stopped and have people ask all kinds of questions.
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okay, I too am seriously considering this! I wouldn't be up for full body cording, but I love the topknot & mane look of it..... My puppy is only 4.5 months right now, so I'm thinking maybe when coat change starts to happen, maybe I'll just cord her topknot? Does it take a lot longer to wash & rinse the cords than normal coat? I like to wash my dogs every week or two, would this be possible with the cords?
I'd also like to compete with Zora in grooming competitions some day... I wonder what the rules are as far as cording?
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There are a few cool drawings of Poodles in corded coats from the 1880's or so in the Shirlee Kalstone book ('81 edition, non international). Also, I noticed that the pic on page 10 has a Poodle without a docked tail. Probably to allow more cords!

Mary Lynn: If you do decide to cord your pup(s), please, please, please do a picture doc.
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