Poodle question

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  1. MunchiesMommie

    MunchiesMommie New Member

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    I recently saw a picture of a poodle with fur that looked soft and wavy vs tight and curly and poofy. Is this a grooming method or do poodles have different coats? I really liked how soft the wavy fur looked.

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    I don't know much about poodles, but we had a toy poodle growing up. My parents always had her fur groomed into a "puppy cut." It was shorter and her fur looked wavy. So, I'm guessing that it all depends on how the fur is clipped.
     
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    It may have just been the cut, it may have just been groomed. Poodles only have the one type of coat I believe.
     
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    Young poodles have soft hair that is more wavy then curly. My 8 month old still has this hair, while my 1 and a half year old already has the curly hair.

    Also, when the older poodles come home from the groomer they have soft hair that is not as curly as it was just blown out.

    Hope this helped.

    Elissa
     
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    So as an adult will poodles always have the tighter curls? Is it hard to learn to blow out their fur? Does blowing it out make it softer? Are the tight curls just as soft? Is grooming expensive?

    Thank you so much for answering my questions, I have been researching dog breeds for months now and I keep coming back to poodles as an option. I really would like a low shedding dog because of my allergies, but I also don't want a high maintenance coat (like say a SCWT which are beautiful and also low shedding, I'm just not sure I could afford the grooming!).
     
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    MunchiesMommie New Member

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    Poodle Mommy, is the second dog from the left in your bottom signature a full poodle? Is he a baby? I like his coat. I guess what I don't want in a poodle is the show clipping style, with the poofy bangs and ears and feet. Maybe I'm being too picky, I just prefer a more natural shaggy look to a dog.
     
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    You can learn to do a puppy cut on your poodle at home, it's not that hard. It's just getting the dog used to having it's face shaved, etc. About every six weeks is recommended to keep it looking it's best.
     
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    When a poodle goes to a groomer, well atleast the one that I used to work for, they did something called fluff drying where they would brush and dry at the same time to give their coat a soft, fluffy, not curly appearance. Poodles should have curly coats though because that is what keeps them "non-shedding" is the loose hairs get stuck in the curls and then brushed out with the regular grooming.
     
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    Poodle puppies have very soft, wavy coats. As they are clipped and get older it does tend to change to a harder feel and more of a curl. I keep my 2 standard poodles in an even clip year-round without any real close shaving with just a little more length for warmth in winter. They are clipped every 8 wks and it is extremely easy to maintain. I do keep their ears a little longer as you can see in my avatar picture but if you prefer they can be considerably shorter as their ear leather is actually quite small. Their coat is softer when they come home from the groomer. There is spray-on conditioner that you can use between times to have their coat have a softer feel. Chloe's coat is a little softer than Farley's. Occasionally if we are going somewhere special, such as a nursing home visit, I will condition their coat and give them a good brush out. The residents always say they feel like little lambs when they pet them.:)

    As far as grooming cost I found there is a wide range out there. I have been using the same groomer for the past 7 yrs and he charges me $55/dog but from what I have heard that is lower than normal in my area. I recently referred another poodle owner there and she was quoted $75. It is something you can definitely shop around for. Also, many people do the clipping themselves.
     
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    Finding a good groomer is hard and they can be expensive... I currently pay about 60 dollars per dog to have them groomed. I have no idea how hard it is, as I have never tried it.

    The dog you are referring to in my siggy did not have her "curly coat" yet when that photo was taken. However, since I get mine groomed every 6 weeks unless they get rained on, or wet for some other reason, they never get the really tight curls.

    I would say, if you are interested, start looking for a breeder and contact ones you like. They will probably be more then willing to have you come visit and you can meet the adult dogs. This will allow you to get a better idea of the breed and test out the different breeders at the same time.

    Good Luck in your search... Poodles are great dogs.

    Feel free to PM me if you have any questions...as well other members on here with poodles are poodlesmom and giny that I know of... they can both help you out as well.

    Elissa
     
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    It seems to me that the silver poodles (all sizes and ages) hair is straighter than the other colored poodles.........from what I have seen.
     
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    Does it also depend on how short the clip is? It would seem to me that if it's cut very close, the curls would disappear and you'd be left with the wavey look. Is that true? I love Poodles. Why don't you Poodle people post more pictures? Big pictures! LOL. I love my breeds that I have, but am always fantisizing about Poodles. I get bouts of puppyitis and Poodleitis too! I'm having one of those bouts right now. Need a Poodle picture fix. LOL.
     
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    LOL Doberluv, I'll see if I can find pictures and post them here. It might help with my explanation to the OP.

    Poodle coat texture can vary for many different reasons. It depends on whether:

    -If it's a puppy, they have a straighter coat until they grow into their adult coat.

    -Due to the quality of breeding. Some can have a softer silky coat when they are suppose to have a dense, curly and naturally harsh textured coat.

    -Or if they've been recently groomed. When I fluff dry my dogs' coat it goes from being really curly to straight. When they dry naturally they curl like crazy.

    Here a picture of a standard poodle I groomed about a month ago. He's a young boy, 8 months, and still in his puppy coat. The owners didn't want him to look like a poodle and didn't want anything shaved off so everything was scissored.
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    Here's Boomer, he doesn't have a good quality coat. But you can see the difference between the 2 pictures of before grooming and after how his coat is less curly. These pictures were taken a while ago before my shop was all set up.
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    And here he is drying naturally.
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    PoodleMommy, it's so nice to see you again. *Hugs*
     
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    Oh wow! Great pics! That Poodle that is just fuzz...why didn't his owners want him to look like a Poodle? LOL. Why not get some other breed then? Funny. He looks like one of those perms that come out too fuzzy. But he's cute. I like the look of your Boomer with the naturally drying hair. He's adorable. OK! More pictures. LOL. Oh, and thanks for the explanation. Interesting.
     
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    Here's a pic of Chloe and as you can see with the short clip she has there aren't tight curls
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    And so Farley doesn't feel left out
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    And just for your "poodle fix" here's a fun pic with their imitations of the Flying Nun:lol-sign:
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    A-h-h-h....they're beautiful! I like that short clip. It does look very soft to the touch. They're having a great time outside. Very cute. I just love all of your Poodles. Farley has his back legs in the strangest position when he's lying down. Too cute. He's seems to hang pretty loose. LOL. Thanks for the pictures!
     
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    Yeah with Farley I never know what position I'm going to find him in. Some of them are very strange. It is so hard to get decent pictures of him because he is so dark usually there is only a blob of darkness with very little detail. Of course, if I took the time to read the booklet that came with my camera I could probably get some better pics of him!;)
     
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    That really made me chuckle. I'm the same way. Try, try and try again. When all else fails, read the directions. LOL.

    Gosh! I looked up on the Poodle Club of America at their health issues and was amazed. I had no idea they had so many possible problems. I think the list is even longer than Dobermans' list of maladies, although with Dobes, some of those things are extremely prevelent. How prevelent are some of those things they talk about Poodles getting? Have you had any troubles?

    There's a Standard Poodle that is walked on this beach walk that I'm using while staying in Seattle and he has the cutest clip. It's pretty short all over but he has the little pom poms on his ankles and tail. There's a little more hair on top of his head...just enough that it's all in proportion....very cute. He's black and just gorgeous.
     
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    Farley & Chloe have had some problems. When Chloe was around 3 yo she started having seizures. After alot of research I switched her food and that has resolved the problem without the necessity of meds. Farley always suffered from allergies - skin, ears & eyes. With the change of food I have seen a great improvement with those as well. The biggest & scariest problem was when Farley bloated & required emergency surgery.

    Things seem to have finally leveled out and (hopefully without jinxing us) we have been free of other than normal, routine vet visits.
     

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