I always read that a cavalier should never be trimmed/cut etc (except between the pads of the feet) but I was wondering who takes their non-show dogs into the groomer and what you have done? I take Polly in about every 3 months or so and have her kinda cleaned up a bit. I have her feathering just neatened up and only trimmed slightly, her feet I have cleaned and evened up so they aren't so shaggy looking and the hair on her belly just evened out. Oh and they trim a bit around her rear end to sanitary issues. She still has all her cavalier traits but just looks neater and more well kept when she gets groomed. She is very petite and I feel all that hair just overwhelms her! I am suprised how many people seem to have bad grooming experiences (the groomer not doing what was asked, etc) as I have been to 3 diff groomers and have been lucky enough that they all did exactly as i asked the first time with no suprises ( LOL )Phew!