The Continental clip (see Figure 14-10) is the standard cut that most Poodle people show with. The face, throat, feet, tail, legs, and hindquarters are shaved. Pompoms of fur are shaped on the wrists, ankles, and the tail, and two pompoms around the kidneys are optional. To groom your Poodle in a Continental clip, try the following:
1. Shave your dog's face using a No. 10, No. 15, or No. 30 blade (for very close cuts).
Work away from the eyes down to the base of the throat. Stop at the point of the throat or Adam's apple.
2. Shave your dog's feet and base of the tail using a No. 10, No. 15, or No. 30 blade (for very close cuts).
3. Shave your dog's forelegs from the rounded mane (elbow joint) just about two inches or so using either a No. 10, No. 15, or No. 30 blade.
Leave several inches of hair to make the pompoms on the wrists and scissor this hair into an oval.
4. Trim two rounded rosettes the size of saucers over your dog's kidneys (just behind the last rib along either side of the spine) using your scissors.
Some breeders recommend using saucers as models for each one. Simply trim around the saucers with the scissors.
5. Shave your dog's hindquarters down to the hock and your dog's abdomen from the mane using your clippers with the same blade you used for Step 1.
6. Use scissors to round the mane and pompoms.
7. Round off the cap (or topknot) — that is, the hair from the occiput to the eyebrows — using scissors.
8. Trim the ears with scissors.
Keep your fingers between the ear flaps and the scissors, using them as a guide to prevent you from cutting your dog's ears.
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