Poodle shaving is necessary to control the dog’s hair growth rate and to prevent matting and tangling of the pooch’s fur.
Additionally, shaving a Poodle may be nothing more than just a fashion trend!
Controlling Hair Growth Rate
Poodle hair grows at a significantly fast pace. And given that the Poodle is a non-shedding dog breed, leaving its hair unshaved can lead to a number of skin infections which are detrimental to the pooch’s health.
To Prevent Matting And Tangling Of Hair
Poodle hair, when left unshaved, becomes heavy and matted, thereby impairing the pooch’s ability to walk normally, and also causing great discomfort to the dog.
Fashion cuts for Poodles have witnessed an exponential increase in popularity in recent times. And nowadays, Poodle owners shave their pooches in different styles just to keep up with this fashion trend.
How Often Do You Have To Shave A Poodle?
Having established why shaving a Poodle is necessary, it is recommended that you shave your Poodle at intervals of 6 to 8 weeks.
Shaving your Poodle can be done by a professional groomer, but it is also quite possible to give your pooch a nice trim right at the comfort of your home.
If you intend to shave your Poodle frequently, you can consider doing it at home. Here are the steps to follow:
Choosing A Cut Style
Before proceeding to shave your Poodle, it is important to know that there is a wide variety of cut styles available to choose from.
That said, some of the most common Poodle trims include the Puppy Cut, Bikini Cut, Continental Cut and Kennel Cut, among others. And it may be helpful to contact a professional groomer on the appropriate choice of cut for your Poodle before you set about shaving its hair.
Acquire The Right Set Of Equipment
Tools that will come in handy when shaving a Poodle include:
- A pair of good scissors for trimming areas that are difficult to access.
- High-quality clippers with provisions in place against overheating when in use.
- Quality bristle brushes.
- Interchangeable clipper blades – it is recommended that you start out with the size 10 and 15 blades. But generally, the blade you choose should be picked by considering your pooch’s skin sensitivity, how experienced you are with a clipper and your reason for trimming.
Preparing Your Poodle For Shaving
Before shaving your Poodle, it is recommended that you take the pooch for a long walk or engage it in some other form of exercise; The idea behind exercising your Poodle before shaving is to reduce the pooch’s energy level, thereby making shaving its hair easier.
Also, for Poodles that haven’t been shaved before, introducing the pooch to the clipper by turning on the equipment around it, will make the shaving process much easier.
While we’ll recommend the use of a specially designed grooming table to shave your Poodle, you can make use of just about any flat, elevated surface. However, if you’ll be using regular table tops, it is advisable that you provide blankets to give your Poodle a better footing while shaving its hair.
Trimming Your Poodle’s Head Region
Most, if not all Poodle trims require leaving a topknot on the pooch’s head, and this can be achieved with the aid of your scissors.
Comb the hair on the Poodle’s head upwards, and forward over the pooch’s face, and with your scissors, trim uneven or overhanging hair. You should also trim your Poodle’s neck region, starting from the pooch’s chin and stopping when you reach the chest area.
Shaving a Poodle’s face is slightly more technical, and this will be elaborated in subsequent sections.
Trimming Your Poodle’s Body Fur
How you’ll go about shaving your Poodle’s body is dependent on the style you’re going for. But this process typically involves brushing the pooch’s hair uniformly and then trimming the hair to an acceptable level, either by using scissors or clippers.
Shaving Your Poodle’s Legs
To shave your Poodle’s legs, start by trimming the back of the pooch’s legs and then work your way down to hair located between the pooch’s footpads. You should also ensure that the Poodle’s ankle remains covered in longer fur.
For more information on how to shave your Poodle at home, you may refer to Wikihow’s elaborate article. And there you have it! Your Poodle should look visibly different, and perhaps a lot more relieved with its freshly trimmed coat.