29th August 2010, 01:45 PM
Grooming & Trimming
My wee dog loves to be groomed and this is done on a daily basis.
However, I would like to know how many of you 'trim' the coat of your cavalier?
Is this recommended? And if so how best to complete the task.
Eagerly awaiting your info.
29th August 2010, 02:10 PM
We take Leo to the groomers every 6 weeks where they trim him. I know some people dont like their dogs coat trimmed so I think it's personal preference. I find it easier if his coat is shorter, especially his ears and back end
Momma to Leonardo (Leo to his friends)
29th August 2010, 02:56 PM
I always said to myself when Ruby was a Pup that I would never trim her coat- BUT its completely impractiacal with an SM dog as she used to knot herself up on a daily basis with all the scratching before she went on her meds.
Now its impratical because she swims a fair bit and gets quite muddy and mucky on our walks.
I clip behind the ears and back end and also her feet and chest hair. The chest hair as she drools a fair bit and mucks it all up.
Like Meljoy said it is personal preference. With Charlie I havent trimmed him at all- but his hair is very fine and thin. Its a completely different texture to Rubys and just doesnt get knotted like hers does!
Ruby - my stunning soul mate who defies the odds every day
Charlie- my angel at heart and devil at play
29th August 2010, 10:37 PM
Thank you for all your assistance, I do agree on the preference, although I do trim around her paws.
30th August 2010, 12:28 PM
I think Cavalier coats vary enormously depending on whether or not they are castrated/spayed - when the coat can get very heavy and 'cottony'. My Oliver is an unneutered ruby with a quite short, silky coat and has never been trimmed, except for his feet which get huge! He loves water, the muddier the better, but his coat dries quickly. Aled is a neutered Blenheim rescue and had a terrible coat when I got him 18 months ago - thick and cotton. Regular fish oil in his food and selective trimming of the worst cotton ends, especially on his flanks, has made him look a lot better - and I trim his naturally very long and heavy ears a bit because otherwise he takes a mouthful of hair when he picks up his dumbell! I know coats can be a chore to look after, but I do hate seeing Cavaliers trimmed hard all over - coats and ears really short - they just don't look like Cavaliers!
Kate, Oliver and Aled