The Puppy clip (see Figure 14-9) is the only show clip permitted for dogs who are younger than 12 months old. The Puppy clip needs to leave as much hair as possible on the dog with a shaved face, feet, throat, and base of the tail. The tail is shaped in a pompom. To groom your Poodle in a Puppy 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. Clip your dog's abdomen using a No. 10 blade.
3. Shave your dog's feet and base of the tail using a No. 10, No. 15, or No. 30 blade (for very close cuts).
4. Shape your dog's body coat according to Figure 14-9 using a No. 30 blade with a one-inch guide comb or a No. 3F blade.
Note: Scissoring will work better.
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There are over a hundred registered breeds of dogs. Recognizing the type of the dog is basically associated with its breed. A purebred animal belongs to a documented and acknowledged group of unmixed lineage. Before a breed of dog is recognized, it must be proven that mating two adult dogs of the sametype would have passed on their exact characteristics, both appearance and behavior, to their offspring.