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Poodle Cuts and Hairstyles

The Best Grooming Cuts for Poodles

By Madeleine Burry. June 14, 2013 | See Comments

Poodle Cuts and Hairstyles

Poodles are some of the most versatile dogs when it comes to grooming. Find out what different cuts are available for Poodles -- in and out of the show ring.

Your Poodle has several options for coiffing their fur: they can be trimmed neatly all over, or decked out in elaborate cuts that involve a mixture of shaving and growth for a pompom effect. Only a few fur stylings  -- which are often referred to as clips -- are allowed at showings like the Westminster Dog Show. Discover the clips available for your pet Poodle, and choose your favorite!

Bikini Clip

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This grooming style, which is also referred to as a Miami clip, involves shaving the Poodle around their face and feet, as well as the tail. Hair is grown out elsewhere on the Poodle’s body to your desired length, and there is a pom at the base of the tail as well as by each of the Poodle’s paws.

Continental Clip

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This interesting and carefully executed look has some areas of the Poodle shaved completely, like the face, belly, and legs. Other sections are allowed to grow out, and there are a poms at the feet of the Poodle. This cut is one of the ones permitted at dog shows.

A variation on the Continental Clip is the English Saddle Clip, which also shaves the face and tail, but has pom-poms along the dog’s legs.

Puppy Clip

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Young dogs can be shown with this grooming style, which involves shaving the face, tail, and feet, and pulling the top knot into a ponytail using a ponytail holder. Hair elsewhere on the dog’s body is trimmed with scissors.

Kennel Clips

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Also known as utility clips, this grooming style features a topknot and tail that are a bit longer than the rest of the dog’s fur. Elsewhere, hair is scissored on the dog’s body except for the face, feet, and end of the dog’s tail. This style is allowed at dog shows.

Lamb Clip

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This grooming style is very similar to the kennel, or utility, clip -- face, tail, and feet are all shaved. In this clip, the topknot and tail are basically the same length as the dog’s hair elsewhere on the body, which can be the length you choose. This is one of the grooming styles allowed at shows.

Town and Country Clip

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This involved grooming style, with a shaved face, feet, belly and neck, is not allowed at shows. Elsewhere  on the dog’s body, hair is trimmed to the desired length.

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