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How long should the coat be on the dogs rump in a show puppy cut? I finally got my new blades, good shampoo and will have shears soon and want to give a shot at this clip, even though he won't be shown. Right now he is the same length all over and just looks like a big fur ball. I want to give his body some definition.

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Oh I can't wait to hear responses on this but I'm guessing that it's going to depend on the dog itself.
 

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I do mine depending on the tail set and the topline about 2 inches tapering to the tail
 

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Oh I can't wait to hear responses on this but I'm guessing that it's going to depend on the dog itself.
I'm guessing it will too, but a general range will be helpful. I know the base the tail should be shaved too.
 

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I will get some pics of Scarlett this weekend I am working on her clip now. she has a pretty long tail so I am trying to NOT enhance that The last rib is correct. So these long bodied dogs that you see pics of would look a bit odd ..So grooming is always be about enhancing the dog itself.
 

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thanks, pic's would be great! I plan on grooming Mr. Cash this weekend. You know, he must look his best for the Thanksgiving get together! Oh, wait, that means I have to do the golden and pyr too.... Anybody want to help! lol
 

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Yes, I do have scissors, but this much scissoring will be new for me. Give me a double coated dog and I am at home!
 

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Cash has almost no tail. It was docked like a boxer. But I have been able to get a small pom on it.
then if you are not going to show him ? You may want to consider the all over the same length of the tail . In other words the same length all the way from base to tip You will see this on hunting dogs.
 

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I have thought about that but here is my reason for keeping him in coat (the best I can). I want terribly to get back into showing dogs. I miss it terribly and want to show again. I also have found out how much I absolutely LOVE this poodle (never had a poodle before). From the sounds of it his personality is pretty typical of a poodle. So when I am able to get back into showing, I think I may want to consider a standard poodle. BUT I know there is a huge amount of grooming to keep them in show coat. SO, I want to try with Cash, to make sure that it is something that I will be able to dedicate myself to. This way, if I find that the the care it takes to keep a standard poodle in coat is more than I can handle, I can consider this when deciding on a breed to show. And also, I'm not sure how much difference it would make to the breeder, but if I could say, yes, I can keep a poodle in show coat and have him to prove, would it make a difference?
 

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Personally not to me I am not sure how others feel but a poodle in show coat is pretty limited on how much it can play and so on. I would rather see mine go into pet homes and have fun.I know my Kitty plays WAY too much and willl never have a huge coat. So it will be hard for me to ever finish her. I would NEVER consider sending her off with a handler That is a WHOLE other thread. So she will be shown in her itty bitty little coat and play play play :) Every weekend I dematt.:(
 

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It makes a big difference if you are approaching a breeder from the prospective of buying a show puppy. I've already talked to enough to know that if you are going to show one of their puppies they want you to know what you are doing. Some don't care and are happy to let you learn with one of their puppies but the big name people want someone that's going to be serious about showing and show coat is a HUGE part of that so if you have already done it with a dog and can say you know what goes into it and are experienced it will go a long way.
 

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Bigredpoodle- Actually I am glad to hear you say that. I have been asking myself how show poodles get their exercise if everything they do ruins their coat! Like I said, I am trying they best I can to keep him in good coat, but we do live on 40 acres and he comes out to do chores with me and plays with the other dogs to no end!
 

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Some people buy treadmills but I hear if you band them up enough the part that you are protecting won't get broken unless one of your other poodles is chewing on the banded hair. I personally don't like tons of hair anyway. I think it looks ridiculous and if it's your dog, show it off how you personally think it looks good.
 

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Personally not to me I am not sure how others feel but a poodle in show coat is pretty limited on how much it can play and so on. I would rather see mine go into pet homes and have fun.I know my Kitty plays WAY too much and willl never have a huge coat. So it will be hard for me to ever finish her. I would NEVER consider sending her off with a handler That is a WHOLE other thread. So she will be shown in her itty bitty little coat and play play play :) Every weekend I dematt.:(
BigRed, I have to differ with you. I am on my second poodle in full show coat and he leads a VERY active life. We play acrobatic fetch twice a day for up to an hour each session. He leads a very non-show life.....and he is white. My black female is finished now, but lived her entire life as a pet in my home. Neither has lived any kind of life other than an active pet and both have wonderful coats. I also have a treadmill that I exercise my male on when it is raining and I don't feel like playing ball in the rain. Don't think that poodles in show coats live limited lives!
 

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