Labradoodle & Goldendoodle Forum
I always scissor my dogs. I like to shape them... not follow body contours. Also I like to have their coats 2 to 8 inches long. On my wool dudes, there is no way to use any blade but a no. 10 [naked] if I want to shave them. I can use a No 4 skip tooth blade if I scissor the coat to 1 inch, brush, comb, bath, table dry [fluff] and then shave. That's a lot of work. If I have a dude with a long coat and I want it to be 2 inches, I scissor it shorter first, called roughing out. Then I brush and comb out matts. This leaves some high points so I even the coat out and then wash and let dry naturally This is really hard on the scissors. You are not supposed to use grooming equipment on dirty coats. I do it anyway as it seems to be most efficient. I just need to get my scissors sharpened more often. I don't want the coat to look "perfect". I want it to be more naturally shaggy. You can't really get it even by using ths method but that is the way I want it.On the picture below, this wool girl has a 2 inch coat. I blend in the legs. I cut the thigh quite close and then leave the lower leg longer to give a bit more of that stove pipe look rather than follow the leg contours. I leave a bit more length on the chest because I like the look. The length of time for this process is 3 to 4 hours. It includes 2 haircuts. It can be longer if the coat is matted.
This is the way he usually looks.