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Dog myth 12: Shaving my poodle will help it grow nicer/curlier coat

Dog myth 12: Shaving my poodle will help it grow nicer/curlier coat

If your groomer tells you to shave your poodle so that it can grow nicer/curlier coat, find another better person for the job, he/she probably doesn't know much about poodles.

There are two types of changes to the coat that all poodles will have to go through, one is the Puppy Coat, the other is what we like to call Adult Coat. Puppy coat is often softer, finer and wavy, Adult Coat is thicker and curly compared to Puppy Coat.

Most toy/miniature poodles start to change their coat at the age of 8-9 months, the Adult Coat will slowly grow and this process can last about 6 months, this is also the time owners may find more mats than usual. Do not be mistaken that the Puppy Coat will drop/shed off, poodles do not shed like most dogs, their coat is made up of hair (like humans) instead of fur, it will always be there till it is trimmed off. Why many people believe that shaving makes poodle coat nicer is because the Adult Coat is hidden by the Puppy Coat on the outer layer, in reality they are just shaving off the Puppy Coat, revealing the Adult Coat underneath.

The best way to reveal your poodle's Adult Coat is to trim your poodle regularly once it reaches 8-9 months old, constantly shaving will only risk razor burns and heat stroke.

We do understand that learning is a never ending process even for professionals, but spreading false information without checking on the facts simply explains how irresponsible the person is.


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