I've noticed some thick wiry hair on Pavie several months ago when he started to go through his coat change. They've become more numerous over time. It took quite a lot of searching as I didn't know what key words to look for, but apparently they are "guard hairs". I'm curious what guard hairs look like in your poodles? And what is the normal ratio of guard hair vs undercoat? I've attached a couple of photos of Pavie's hair (which is quite short right now). They seem to grow a lot faster than the undercoat, so when his hair is long (sorry don't have a picture now), the surface will have a curly wooly harsh texture to it. It seems from some pictures that some poodles have cotton-like soft hair, maybe it's an improper coat, but I wonder if it has anything to do with grooming? For long hairstyles, do groomers trim the guard hairs so all hairs are equal length? Or are they made less curly during a blow out?