While I admit it looks amazing, how much of a giant pain is it?
Does anyone do this with their dogs?
Does anyone do this with their dogs?
I don't normally care for cording, but that's a gorgeous dog.I think it is a great pain. For both you and the dog... as cording is basically a form of matting. Basically maintanance on the coat will double as you need to spin each individual lock into a cord on a regular basis.
Here is a video of how to start cording a water dog... she had cut the matted parts into cords, but most people prefer tearing the hair into cords, especially if they do cording for show coats.
from what I ahve read(awhile ago) I thought it was to be less maintenance. I jus think the cording process is just the hard part but after that I think it is pretty easy. I could be wrong.....too lazy to look anything up!! lolHoly Moly! The link you put up Tanner is a gorgeous poodle that exemplifies beauty and still has a bit of playful character too. I can't imagine the time that would take, or how the dog is allowed to live from groom to groom. Seems like cording could get easily matted through with one play session.
That sounds really nasty!!!! I had a friend who tried to dread his hair a few years back... he had a really hard time to keep it in dreads, cause if you use any kind of conditioning or moisturizer on the hair the dreads just comes undone. I wonder if this would be the case with poodles as they basically have hair?I set up at one show next to a group of Puli people. I could barely breath their dogs smelled so bad. It was sort of a combination of wet/dirty dog and sour milk.
I think a true white like CH Somerset Sweet Success, which was the poodle that made me want to cord, is amazing. My Foxxy is a cream, and yes her cords can look dingy when she gets dirty, and it is amazing how fast that happens. That would be the beauty with black cords, they won't look dingy, but they will bleach from the sun You just can't win..2. I think this looks better on dark Poodles or truly white Poodles. The creams I've seen corded look dingy in cords.
Foxxy attracts organics from the woods, it is impossible to keep it all out. Cords are very time consuming to wash and dry, Foxxy has to lie down in the bath tub and actually take a bath, she is very good about laying in a bathtub with sudsy water up to her face. Then there is the rinsing, I personally like to wring out the cords after the bath, and that seems to speed up the drying process. The only issue I have had with mildew are the ear cords..when she drinks her ear cords will soak up the water and then stay wet all the time. I am trying to put ACV in her water. I have tried all kinds of bowls, to no avail.3. Cords are like velcro strips. If you have an outdoor lifestyle, it can be hard to keep debris out of the cords. Unlike a brushed coat, you will not be able to blow and slicker sticks and leaves out of the coat.
4. Cords need to be washed and dried very, very specifically. If they don't dry completely in a certain amount of time, they will mildew from the inside and then they stink to high heaven. I set up at one show next to a group of Puli people. I could barely breath their dogs smelled so bad. It was sort of a combination of wet/dirty dog and sour milk. Shudder......
What about using a water bottle? I have them on my guy's crates and on the puppies pen, so they do not tip water all over.The only issue I have had with mildew are the ear cords..when she drinks her ear cords will soak up the water and then stay wet all the time. I am trying to put ACV in her water. I have tried all kinds of bowls, to no avail.
Oddly enough, I have never even thought of that. Does it take long to teach them to drink from that water bottle ? I would have to figure out where and how to hang them, it would certainly help Foxxy with her "OMD, I have never seen water before and I need to drink the hole bowl, before it vanishes"What about using a water bottle? I have them on my guy's crates and on the puppies pen, so they do not tip water all over.