Grooming your dog in an important part of caring for any breed, but there are several considerations when choosing a groomer. The main two are cost and style of cut. This article will explore both and what each means to you.
Cost Effective Grooming
Grooming can be a major expenditure when it comes to owning a dog. Toy poodles especially require a lot of grooming, so the cost can add up quickly. The coat of a toy poodle needs to be cut every six to eight weeks. As stated, this can get very expensive so you can always try doing every other cut at home to save some money. You will, however, need to do some research and but proper equipment. The approach of only having your toy poodle's hair cut professionally every other time he gets a hair cut can cut down on expenses and teach you to do some proper grooming on your own when necessary. Toy poodles also require baths on a regular basis. These are just some things to keep in mind when choosing a groomer. The price of each visit will have to come into your awareness. Of course, you will also have to look at his or her reputation and how he or she does each style.
There are several standard haircut styles for toy poodles. Like any hair stylist, you will want one who does the style you want the way you like it. The basic styles include the Puppy Show clip, the English Saddle clip, the Continental clip, and the Sporting clip. You'll want to decide which style you like or at least have a basic knowledge of these styles before heading to any groomer so that you can be clear about what it is that you are looking for. For example, the Puppy Show clip is, of course, for puppies. It clears mostly the face, throat, and feet while leaving the rest of the hair longer. Each style has its own purposes and emphasizes the toy poodle's physique in a slightly different way. The key is to know what the style's purpose is. If your toy poodle is headed for any sort of competition then finding the appropriate style of cut for that competition is your goal. Ideally, you will want a groomer familiar with competitions as well. If, however, the style is more for show around the house and the neighborhood, then you will want a cut that you think is flattering.
A big part of owning any dog is grooming, and toy poodles are known for their special grooming styles. The main things you want to look at when choosing a groomer will be both the cost effectiveness of the groomer and what the perfect haircut will be for your toy poodle. In this case, the haircut really does make the dog.