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12-12-2012 05:24 PM
gmcwife1 Great thread Thank you groomers for reminding me I have to make our groomer a Christmas card!

We are lucky that she grooms both our Samoyed's and now loves our GSD
12-11-2012 11:03 PM
Gharrissc I've only met one Labradoodle and he has an amazing temperment. The lady who got him really did her research and made sure she was purchasing from a reputable breeder,not just someone who wanted to get in on the doodle fad.
12-11-2012 10:03 PM
JeanKBBMMMAAN One trainer told me it is partly the combining the prey drive of the Standard Poodle, with the size of a Lab/Golden and their drives not really matching up. At that moment, I was trying to stay away from one in Bella's obedience class so never asked any follow up questions. That dog was a real nasty actor. I think I've met one nice one though!

I always make sure to tell groomers about my Chow mixes - they always want to see how they do and I don't blame them. There is a groomer who shows Chows and she is the "Chow Groomer" because everyone else does refuse them.
12-11-2012 09:54 PM
GrammaD Think about the quality of the dogs being thrown together to make "doodles" and you have your answer. Well bred poodles and labs/goldens are not being used. Any BYB dog is likely to have a wide nutter streak running through it.

Personally I loathe them. Bad temperaments, really odd physiques, and funky hair coats.
12-11-2012 09:39 PM
SueDoNimm
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There is some weird, evil genetic synergy that happens when you cross Poodles with other breeds. I don't know why, but it seems to bring out the worst of both breeds, no matter what it is.

I have a few nice 'doodles, but most of them are just plain crazy. Happy and friendly and goofy and waaaaay too much energy, and the owners aren't usually the type to do much training with their dogs, so they are often spoiled brats as well. There are exceptions; I can think of one Labradoodle, a 5 or 6 year old female, who is calm, cooperative and obedient. This family owns two other 'doodles, and those two are nutty as fruitcakes.

On the plus side, I haven't yet met a mean one.
There was a black Labradoodle in our obedience class and that dog was so weird. She really stood out from the other dogs because her behavior was just different. She was stubborn and showed that she had no interest in doing what was asked of her and her body language consistently showed she wanted nothing to do with the class. She would walk around with her tail all tucked up underneath her and of course we couldn't see her face because of all the fluff. She was also very, very slow to react and even though you got the idea that she knew what to do, she just wouldn't out of stubbornness.

I didn't like those doodle dogs before and she certainly didn't change my opinion.


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12-11-2012 09:15 PM
Freestep
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He has a coat like putting a Malamute or Chow underneath a long coat GSD.
If this is the case, I would NOT try to clip him at home. That type of hair is insanely difficult and tedious to work with even for a professional groomer with all of our tools and equipment; I can't imagine trying to deal with it at home. If you can just keep him brushed out really well, to the best of your ability, and have the groomer handle his clip, I think that would be the best solution--the time and effort that would be required for you to clip him at home would be prohibitive, and he still wouldn't look as good as does from the groomers', unless you have a bathing system, a powerful force dryer, and a professional set of tools, clippers and blades.

I think the haircut he has looks good on him! When I do a "lion" type clip on dogs, I usually just leave a ruff around the neck, down to the shoulders, rather than leaving the hair all the way back over the ribs. That's simply a personal thing. We have hot summers here too, so I clip a lot of Coke-type dogs short like that.

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Poodles are OK, but when you hybridize them with other breeds you get something crazy.
Don't have a clue. I am waiting to meet a good exception. Anyone can counter this?
There is some weird, evil genetic synergy that happens when you cross Poodles with other breeds. I don't know why, but it seems to bring out the worst of both breeds, no matter what it is.

I have a few nice 'doodles, but most of them are just plain crazy. Happy and friendly and goofy and waaaaay too much energy, and the owners aren't usually the type to do much training with their dogs, so they are often spoiled brats as well. There are exceptions; I can think of one Labradoodle, a 5 or 6 year old female, who is calm, cooperative and obedient. This family owns two other 'doodles, and those two are nutty as fruitcakes.

On the plus side, I haven't yet met a mean one.
12-11-2012 08:27 PM
wolfy dog I am glad I am not the only one who has trouble with the ------doodles. In my training experiences I have not met a normal behaving ----doodle.
Poodles are OK, but when you hybridize them with other breeds you get something crazy.
Don't have a clue. I am waiting to meet a good exception. Anyone can counter this?
12-11-2012 07:35 PM
Ronda
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If I may hijack this thread for a minute, maybe some of the groomers here can give me some advice on the best cut for my dog Coke? He is possible a Chow or Shar Pei mix (the entire inside of his mouth and tongue is purple) but he seems to do great a the groomers, at least they all dote on him and send us promo cards inviting him back. He's NOT aggressive at all, has never needed a muzzle (he can be a softy but will just go into avoidance rather than fight). Last time he went I was worried what they would think of me because he was in bad shape. He had at least three hotspots. We had yet another hot (90-100), very humid summer and when we are on vacation there is no AC anywhere (not that we use it at home either). I only let him swim *once* the whole two weeks and he still had hotspots and itchies all over. I said enough and told DH to bring him to the groomer's and get a "lion" shave. I figured I would pay about the same going to a vet and just getting the spots cleaned as I would going to a pro groomer and getting the whole area shaved. They did exactly as I asked despite it being kind of a drastic cut and Coke not being any identifiable breed with a "standard" cut, but Coke seemed very happy

I'm hoping to get the tools I need to groom him myself for Christmas. I normally do his ears, feathering, and pants/sani-trim myself with the scissors I use on my own hair and thinning shears, but I've asked for a good clippers so I can do the shave.
Coke is adorable.

For clippers, I personally love the Andis brand. I have tried Oster and Laube and just didn't like them as much so I always go back to my Andis' clippers. I have the Ultras but I think these would do a good job for you and coke Wholesale Pet & Grooming Supplies - Ryan's Pet Supplies - Andis 2-Speed AGC Clipper w/ #10 Blade
They come with a #10 blade that will be helpful for sanitary trims and knots behind ears. Its pretty short for an all over look.

For the body I would probably go with a #7F blade, it will get under the thickest part of the undercoat and will leave the hair approximately 1/8 of an inch long...short but not where you should see skin Wholesale Pet & Grooming Supplies - Ryan's Pet Supplies - Andis UltraEdge Blade (#7F) Full Tooth 1/8" Cut

For a slightly longer, more plush clip you could try the next longest blade, a #5F which leaves the hair a 1/4 of an inch long or a #4F which leaves it 3/8 of an inch long. These may be a little harder to get through his coat if it is really thick but you could use them if you really want to. I think the #7F will give you a smoother look though.

You will need straight shears (sounds like you already have these) to scissor the long hair on the backs of his front legs and tip his tail up so it looks neat and nice.

If you want to take a little more coat off, you can also move the clip up a little higher and follow the natural ruff he has...you can see it in the pics, it would come down to right where his brown starts in front of his front legs. It will not be a "true" lion clip but I have clients that prefer that, especially since some dogs will get hot spots in the arm pit area.

Forgot to add, with a really thick coat, sometimes I like to clip in "reverse". With dogs you normally shave in the direction the hair grows but you can get a really nice clip on some dogs by shaving against the grain...it will leave them shorter than the regular length of the blade so go up to a #5F if you do this. It looks especially nice on dogs/cats that are getting a "mane" of any kind left as you can shave backwards up to where the natural ruff ends and when the hair falls back into place you don't see the exact line you stopped shaving at.
12-09-2012 10:30 PM
DunRingill
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I like his haircut.....he looks very handsome, and quite pleased with himself!
12-09-2012 07:59 PM
NewbieShepherdGirl This thread makes me kinda sad. I know I am the kind of person who is scatter brained and would very likely forget to get her dog groomed on a regular basis (not like what's pictured. I would NEVER let a dog have those kind of problems because that has to be painful. More like I would have a very shaggy looking dog. Think instead of getting groomed when they're supposed to, possibly going over by a week or so.) so I didn't go for a breed that I would have to get clipped on a regular basis. At one point I almost took in a toy/miniature poodle, but that was only because she was my grandma's dog and I knew my grandma wouldn't want her to go to the pound. Luckily a family member took her, so I didn't have to, but I would have taken her to get groomed because that's just what you do when you have a dog like that. Why in the world would you get a dog and then just neglect it like that??? Some of you groomers are saying that you only see these dogs every 4-6 months...aren't you supposed to get dogs like those groomed every 6 weeks or so? Ridiculous.
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