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I know a poodle owner with a couple of young standards. I like the way she grooms their tails. Rather than doing a pompom on the end, she does an even shave and leaves the entire tail at about 1 inch. I think this would look better on my dog than the pompom because she has rather fine fur and her pompom always looks more like a flat sided old feather duster.

So my question is, is it considered a poodle grooming no-no to evenly cut the tail hair?
 

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I know a poodle owner with a couple of young standards. I like the way she grooms their tails. Rather than doing a pompom on the end, she does an even shave and leaves the entire tail at about 1 inch. I think this would look better on my dog than the pompom because she has rather fine fur and her pompom always looks more like a flat sided old feather duster.

So my question is, is it considered a poodle grooming no-no to evenly cut the tail hair?
Trillium and I cut Jenny's tail like this because the past groomer made it look like a paint brush. It looks great. Some groomers call this a bulrush tail. I like it a lot as long as the tail doesn't have a huge swirl to it.
 

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I attend a fair amount of grooming competitions and there is a very strong trend toward the straight, pom-less tail. Some top winners have a shaved tail. It does look more balanced when the ears are shaved as well. You can do it by scissoring rather than clipping....make it like a carrot, not a baby-bottle brush, a blunt rounded point on the tip. Shave the ear ande scissor very close to the leather to remove whispies. Do not let a floppy, too big topknot ruin the new clean look.
 

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just note that the desi trim linked to is NOT supposed to have a short tail, it's supposed to have the traditional pom tail, it's just that I was growing Paris out from the german trim where she had a short tail!!!

I do love the short carrot or sausage tail.... And no, there's no 'taboo' about it; you can do whatever you want with poodles!!!! :D
 
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