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Hi All!

I have an 8 1/2 month old cockapoo and we're bringing her in to get a full cut for the first time. We've taken her to this place to get her ears/face/feet trimmed up and I was very impressed with how even her cut was and how they blended in with the rest of her (very long) hair! But...we're taking her in on Wednesday and I'm getting more and more nervous. I've been looking around and found some pictures of cuts that I like, but I'm still scared.

Any suggestions/tips? I know that the leggs are supposed to be longer, but what is supposed to happen with the ears? Rounded? Many that I've seen have kind of looked like a cocker spaniel. Is that right?

Thanks for all of your thoughts and encouragement! I'll make it through... :)
 

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it depends on what you like, most groomers will bring the ears levle with the beared but i am growing my girls out so they look longer.

it also depends on the coat gypsy and Inca are very poolde Echo is Very spanial, Delta im not sure about but i think more poodle.

i think it takes time for you to be sure of what you want, it can change from groom to groom. that is the beuty of the breed, you can play with it and the hair grows back and you can start from scratch after a couple of weeks.
 

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Stupid question, Kendal (or anyone else who knows), sorry I have to ask it, but how do you tell if your puppy is more spaniel or more poodle? I didn't pay much attention to dogs before I got Chloe.

Whenever we have had Chloe groomed, she looks so "fluffy" afterwards which I don't really like but it soon grows back into the "scruffy" look that I do like on her. I do think it is personal preference , for sure.
 

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From what I understand they have to be blown out so the groomer can get an even cut. Bella comes home looking like a poodle every time she's gotten her face/feet trimmed, but after a day or so, she back to her wavy scruffy hair!

I'm wondering about the coat difference as well. I guess I'd say that she's more like a poodle, because it's pretty thick and wavy (but not kinky/curly like a poodle) but I'm still not sure.

Should the ears be rounded? I was thinking about asking the groomer to bring her down to an inch and a half on the body. I don't love the square cut ears. What should I ask for so that I don't get square 'freshly cut' ears?!

Thanks for all of your help and support!
 

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Kendal - Did I read somewhere that you groom your own dogs? If so, what length are they in the body vs the leg. I like the look, but I might want just a little bit longer on the body. Still trying to get ideas!

BTW- I'll make sure to post before and after pictures after all this!! :)

Paula
 

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Like Kendal said I think its just trail and error til you find the look you like and hoping the groomer can repeat it the next time ... but yeh it does grow back thank goodness. Theres a thread where it shows how Kendals girls coats have changed form pups and it shows you the texture of their coats poodle/cocker ... I'll have a look for it . Good luck x
 

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Gypsy and Inca are curlier and hold a shape when blowdried where as Echo falls flat as he r curls are looser, also Gypsy and Incas ears bush out like poodle where as Echos lie flat. Delta has a big poofy head like Inca but her hair on her body falls flat on her legs like Echo.

as for the earsi dont thik its posible to trim them without them looking freshly cut, maybe they could be done with thinning sheers


my girls get a 7 blade on thei back, im still playing with their legs dont realy know what length they are.

Gypsy




Inca



Echo



Delta
 

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sorry Kendal for being a pain, can you do a reminder of the parents of each of your dogs? These are amazing pics, their faces are so expressionistic. x
 

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Thanks for the pics! Your pups are all adorable!!

I think Bella is somewhere between Gypsy and Echo. Her hair is kind of kinky like a poodle, but not wiry. It's like of flat, but wavy. Maybe it's classic cockapoo?! ;-)

This is an attempt to post a picture...not sure if it'll work! If it does, this was Bella at Christmas time, just before she got an at-home face trim!

 

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hi wispa looks like she has been crimpted all over ( the shaggy look) i like to do wispa myself when i think she needs it. i stand her on the garden table and go all over her with scissors, its not that hard you may need help for the first few times just hold them still and lots of treats! if it looks rubbish dont worry it grows back really fast and its cost you nothing LOL. go on have a go :D
 

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I groom Flo myself and keep her about 1 inch all over as she has lovely soft, crimped fur. I keep her face quite short as well. She looks more cocker than poo. I use thinning scissors at the bottom of her ears so they are not cut blunt across the bottom.



 

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On the ear discussion, 'Lo's ears are left alone, and tend to get beat up by playing, biting, and chewing on toys so stay this length naturally.

 

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Hi Everyone,

My name is Paul and we have a an 8 month old Cockapoo called Tilly. Getting her was right up there with the best decisions we ever made! She is one very loved little dog!

I made my mind up to register on the forum as she is defintely due a cut also and we are considering what to do. We currently trim her face which she has no problem with (provided there are treats involved!) and would much rather take care of it than take her to the groomers. It's just something that we would rather have control over.

The reason for my post is that Tilly looks very similar to Flo in the images above (colour and coat type) so I hoped that I could get some advice from you Mandy about how you go about trimming Flo yourself? A simple 1" all over sounds perfect to me and Flo certainly looks a lot neater than Tilly currently does!

Do you use scissor to achieve this or clippers? Any advice you could offer would be greatly appreciated.

Sorry if this counts as hijacking a thread? I'm not really sure on the etiquette!

Thanks!
Paul.
 

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I groom Flo myself and keep her about 1 inch all over as she has lovely soft, crimped fur. I keep her face quite short as well. She looks more cocker than poo. I use thinning scissors at the bottom of her ears so they are not cut blunt across the bottom.



Mandy - is the pic you posted above right after a 1in cut all over? I love the look! :)
 

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Mandy - is the pic you posted above right after a 1in cut all over? I love the look! :)
She around 1-1.5 inches which is a 1" (25mm No.8) comb attachment on the clippers. In some places (her neck, lower leg and waist) I use a 5/8" (16mm No.5) to give her shape a bit of definition. I use thinning scissors on her face, top of head and ears. I prefer to keep her face quite tidy, without moustache or beard (although Enneirda would probably laugh at my description comparing Flo's 'clean face' to 'Lo's). I suppose I should say relatively clean face compared to others here like Kendal's who prefer longer fur on their dogs faces. She is my first dog and I brought the equipment and decided to groom her myself after a few visits to a groomer where she was sent home with a look I wasn't happy with. It really is quite straight forward if you want a shaggy, scruffy look and I do it bit by bit - one day I might just run the clipper over her back and sides, another day I'll tidy her face. If you want a look like Kendal or Enneirda then that's another matter altogther - I wouldn't attempt to try and make Flo look like 'Lo or Delta and would turn to a professional for a groom like that.

Here's Flo with the groomers look and the reason I turned to home grooming...
 

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Well...she's home...and quite hair-less! I'm actually very pleased! I uploaded my photos to shutterfly...thinking it would be easier to post them on here, but I can't figure out how to do it. Anyone have ideas? Since I'm 5 hours behind most everyone else, I might have it figured out by the time anyone sees this! ;-)
 

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Looking forward to seeing the pictures Paula. Glad that you're happy with the results as it is defintely nerve wracking!

Mandy - Can I ask one more question? Do you use specialist clippers or do normal hair clippers suffice?

We are definitely keen on learning to do this ourselves as we also want the control over how it turns out. I'm sure Tilly can cope with a couple of 'practice' cuts while we get the hang of it!

I can post before and after pics if anyone is interested?
 

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Pauly I know theres another thread, somewhere, that says what Mandy uses, she put a link up to a grooming equipment website, if you can find the thread. I presume that hers were more expensive than mine but I bought Wahl ones from Argos which have various comb attachments, a smaller clipper, the main clipper, a comb and scissors ... it does however look very similar to clipper i bought to cut my sons hair when he was little so im sure you could give them ago, its worth a try...its like shearing sheep x
Looking forward to pics of Bella, Paula x
 

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