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post #1 of 36 (permalink) Old 02-03-2011, 07:14 PM Thread Starter
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Mixed Feelings...

I am wondering if anyone else has mixed feelings about/when they trim thier Havs down?
Tillie is almost 8 months old and in a "full coat" except for her bangs which I keep trimmed... she IS blowing coat and I am keeping up with it just fine, combing every chance I get! she has a VERY cottony coat and it gets VERY static-y in all this dry weather we've been having. I have an appt at her groomer on Tuesday, I take her every 6 weeks for feet, face and behind grooming and am considering having her cut down some to make this easier on both of us. Has anyone else ever regretted having thier Hav trimmed down? I talked with her groomer today and she said she has a 1 inch length on the shaver she could use, do you think this would be to short or just right? Because of her coat texture, her hair will most likely stand up once cut.... but I think she will be more comfortable and it will def make grooming time more pleasant for both of us!

Am I wimping out... is there any benefit to keeping her in a full coat besides being pretty? she doesn't need it for warmth here as it is near 70 recently (please don't hate me!!)
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post #2 of 36 (permalink) Old 02-03-2011, 07:30 PM
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Lots of people choose to keep their Havs in puppy cuts... Probably more than keep them in full coats among the pet (non-show) people. I think it's completely up to you. Remember, hair grows. If you decide later that you'd like to grow her out again, you always can!

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She is so cute!! I am determined to keep Lizzie in full coat. I just had her groomed and she is mat free so I am sure to comb daily. We were having massive mats on a daily basis a few weeks ago, but now not so much. I guess you could have her cut down and if you really hate it let it grow out.

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Karen is right it is your choice. Many people do puppy cuts. 1 inch is short you need to look at it on a tape measure, Tillie will be fine, you need to be fine, hair grows back.

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it will always grow back if you don't like it. It is up to you. Whimsy will be a year old next month and I just love her hair long. Like you, I just keep her bangs, feet, butt trimmed. One of the many things that attracted me to this breed in the first place was the beautiful coat. I'm just a sucker for long haired dogs. I am trying my hardest to keep it long and matt free. So far so good.
Tillie is so sweet looking!!!!Pretty coloring

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I keep Maggie in a puppy cut. Her top layers on her back are about 2 1/2 inches long. Her face is shorter. I have her trimmed quite often like every month or so. She is so easy to care for like this, you hardly have to brush her. She stays puffy still tough. It all grows back so fast. I usually am unhappy in some way shape or form with something on her face, and within a week it's fine again. If you want less hassle go for the puppy cut. I don't see myself ever letting her grow long. At a certain point like at a month I just don't like how she looks so I always cut. You can always try it out and then grow it out if you don't like it.

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Pixie with her thick woolen coat is in a teddy clip with a long beard and long facial hair and ears. I really tried to keep her in full coat, but there was no way. She looks cute and I'm sure she's fine with it. Mig luckily has very silky, managable hair and now that he's nearing his 1st birthday, looks pretty studly in his nearly full coat.

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Like Evelyn i fell in love with the breed mostly because of the long flowing coat, so my boy of also a year is in full coat (apart from his bangs). There was a short period where I was struggeling with matting and I considered having him cut, but we got through it and so far we are both managing fine with the daily combing. But, in saying that if it gets too much or Boz starts to stress over the grooming I wouldn't hesitate to have him clipped down.

Its you that needs to do the grooming, if it doesn't suit your life style or becomes a hassle, then have her trimmed. Im sure Tillie doesn't care one way or another. By the way, she is gorgeous and will remain so, long or short coat.
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When Riley was blowing coat, I put him in a puppy cut. Since then I have tried to grow it out a couple of times. He has a really cottony coat and when it gets about 5 inches, it just becomes too much for both of us.

I got interested in this breed because of my brother's Hav. He keeps his dog in a puppy cut. I fell in love the breed's personality and it wasn't until I got serious about getting my own Hav that I realized what beautiful dogs they are in their full coats.

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post #10 of 36 (permalink) Old 02-04-2011, 06:28 AM
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Couldn't the groomer do a scissor cut? It could be any length you want. Jack has an one inch puppy cut. It was a shocker the first time but I like it. I wouldn't go shorter but that is my opinion.


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