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Hi friends! I am feeling very brave (or stupid) and want to have Lincoln's ears shaved at his next groom. He is in a miami summer clip at the moment. This picture is from a few weeks ago so he is a little longer now. Have you ever seen shaved ears and tails like a german clip, but on a poodle with a summer clip? I like the summer clip because I live in California and we go running and he gets hot, but I am tired of his ear hair and love a clean look. Do you think this cut would work on him? I don't think I have ever seen a poodle with a summer clip and shaved ears? Whatcha think? Thanks guys!! Hoping to get your opinions!
 

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I'm not personally a fan of the fully shaved ear. I don't like the leathery look and some dogs don't have the ear set to pull it off. I do like a short trimmed ear on a boy though. Very masculine!

Before you go all the way and shave, why not try an intermediate step. Have the ear feathering scissored up to the leather and then shorter on the leather itself. See if you like a shorter look before you commit the ear grooming version of the "Brazilian"!
 

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I did a very short summer cut on Flash last year, including the ears. The trick to making shaved ears work with a summer clip is to take the ears down with a #5 or #7 blade rather than going fully clean. (I use either the same bblade as the body, or one size shorter).

I've done this look once or twice on minis as well, and it usually looks great, as long as the topknot is trimmed short. Leaving a long top above a naked neck and ears tends to make the dog look like he's wearing a helmet. ;)
 

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I'm not personally a fan of the fully shaved ear. I don't like the leathery look and some dogs don't have the ear set to pull it off. I do like a short trimmed ear on a boy though. Very masculine!

Before you go all the way and shave, why not try an intermediate step. Have the ear feathering scissored up to the leather and then shorter on the leather itself. See if you like a shorter look before you commit the ear grooming version of the "Brazilian"!
Good point! I used a 3/4 inch guide on Flash's ears for quite awhile before I could fully commit to shaving. It's a good compromise, and it won't take nearly as long to grow out if you don't like it.
 

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I did a very short summer cut on Flash last year, including the ears. The trick to making shaved ears work with a summer clip is to take the ears down with a #5 or #7 blade rather than going fully clean. (I use either the same bblade as the body, or one size shorter).

I've done this look once or twice on minis as well, and it usually looks great, as long as the topknot is trimmed short. Leaving a long top above a naked neck and ears tends to make the dog look like he's wearing a helmet. ;)
Hi Savannah. Do you have a picture of flash like that?
 

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like this?

I am thinking the cut would look similar to this, but with the poms..... Am I making a mistake? I think it might be interesting :) Feeling like it's all or nothin'.....
 

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If/when you shave the ears, start from the bottom and go up, don't start at the base of the ear and go down. When I did Vegas's I shaved the inside first then started at the tip and went up. Not all of his ear is shaved, there's about an inch at the top that still has the same amount of hair because I wanted to keep that OMG HUGE TOPKNOT look.

I looooove the look of shaved ears growing out, so now I'm going to do that. :)

I'm personally not a fan of long ears on any dog minus spaniels. I think super long ears (esp with a small topknot) look awful. xP That's just my opinion though!

Like, right now I think Aidan's Vega looks so handsome with his growing out shaved ears. ^^
 

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Well it's just hair, it will grow back ----eventually that is!

Ears take FOREVER to grow back I learned that the hard way and regret shaving them everyday - so good luck!
 

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Yeah...i'm never shaving Vega's ears again but i do keep them neatened up because i dont want them long either.

His ear leather is really long so when they're shaved he just looks weird to me... lol
 

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Its totally up to you on what clip you want on your Spoo. But personally i would not shave the ears. I dont like the look of short ears or shaved ears. If you decided to go that way just remember that it will be mroe upkeep to have the ears looking clean and tidy all the time just like the feet and face.
Also please be very careful when shaving the ears with anything but a #10....a #7 or #5 or a #4 have wider teeth therefore easier to get the clippers caught on the ears. Also when scissoring around the ears be sure to have your thumb and index finger holding the end of the leather so you wont cut into his ear...this way if anyone gets cut its you.
 

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I am only a fan of shaved ears when it suits the dog - and I think yours would look great in it!
 

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Riley has had his ears shaved for a few years now. I really like it on him, and it just suits him. I however didnt like it when his ears were shaved down with a 30 blade. For my dog i didnt like it (but Vinnies ears i think it is adorable). I use a 5F on Rileys ears and tail and like that much better. I woudlnt automaticlly shave all my poodles ears though. Just depends.
In my recent thread of Riley groomed i just shaved his ears with a 5 blade.
 

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If/when you shave the ears, start from the bottom and go up, don't start at the base of the ear and go down. When I did Vegas's I shaved the inside first then started at the tip and went up. Not all of his ear is shaved, there's about an inch at the top that still has the same amount of hair because I wanted to keep that OMG HUGE TOPKNOT look.

I looooove the look of shaved ears growing out, so now I'm going to do that. :)

I'm personally not a fan of long ears on any dog minus spaniels. I think super long ears (esp with a small topknot) look awful. xP That's just my opinion though!

Like, right now I think Aidan's Vega looks so handsome with his growing out shaved ears. ^^

You should only go reverse if you are using a short blade (10 or shorter) and if you want them to be CLEAN. Using a 7, 5, or 4 against the grain makes it much easier to cut the dog, and the same look can easily be achieved with a short blade going with the grain. I only like clean ears when the dog has a lot of head and neck fur to contrast. Otherwise, a 5 or 7 blade looks best IMO.

I actually don't know how to post pictures here (can someone please help me with that?) but the pic you posted of the gray spoo is pretty darn close. I think that topknot length is perfect, although you should match it to the pompons somewhat. If the poms are way fluffier than the top it can look unbalanced.
 

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Its totally up to you on what clip you want on your Spoo. But personally i would not shave the ears. I dont like the look of short ears or shaved ears. If you decided to go that way just remember that it will be mroe upkeep to have the ears looking clean and tidy all the time just like the feet and face.
Also please be very careful when shaving the ears with anything but a #10....a #7 or #5 or a #4 have wider teeth therefore easier to get the clippers caught on the ears. Also when scissoring around the ears be sure to have your thumb and index finger holding the end of the leather so you wont cut into his ear...this way if anyone gets cut its you.
Haha, long ears are WAY more upkeep than short! all the brushing and washing is completely eliminated when they're shaved, and they no longer drag in the water bowl, food dish, and in the dog's mouth! It takes me all of 4 minutes to shave and edge Flash's ears, and I only have to do it every three weeks (when I do his FFTT).

You make a good point though--be careful clipping ears! Always angle your clippers toward the outside edges of the ear. If you run them along the edge of the ear, the leather can easily get pulled into the blade teeth and cut.
 

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Bernie- when i hand scissored his ears (to about 3/4"-1" length) i loved this look.



Bernie with them shaved (10 blade going with the grain)
 
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