Saturday, December 3, 2011

Haircut for Claire

Claire's Shorter Hair Cut
Now that Claire is finished with her exhibitions and is confirmed pregnant, it was time for a haircut. Although I love her hair when it is really long, it would be very impractical to try to keep while she is nursing puppies. The easiest way to trim the coat on the Barbet is to brush it all out so that the hair is very bushy and full, then use excellent quality shears to both take off length and shape the coat. Once the scissoring is completed, it's time for a conditioning bath. Today I let her air dry. Sometimes I blow her out at the roots as it seems to help keep the hair from matting as quickly. Even with her trim, she still looks appealingly messy and fun. I would never want to have her shaved close. I prefer a long haired Barbet, which means constant vigilance with coat care.

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