REAR & TAIL

Excess hair under the tail should be removed with thinning scissors.  Any stray hairs on either side of the anus should be blended.  If your dog has a natural tail, the hair can be shaped with scissors.  For a neat end of the tail, take the excess hair beyond the tailbone, twist it several times and cut it between the end of the tailbone and your fingers, being careful to only cut hair.  The rest of the hair can be shaped in a nice arc. 

Feathering on the rear legs should not go too much below the hocks.  The body feathering can be tapered slightly from behind the front legs to blend with the hair on the inside of the rear legs.  Any fuzzy hair on the outside of the rear leg near the stifle and hock should be stripped away.

FEET

Trim the feet to give a round, tight appearance.  The tops of the feet can be shaped with the thinning scissors, making sure to get any mats between the toes.  The bottoms of the feet should be cleared of all excess hair between the pads and shaped around the toes.  This can be achieved with small scissors or clippers.  

Nails should be trimmed regularly to keep the quick from getting too long.  Nail trimmers of your choice or a Dremel tool can be used.  Trim toenails regularly, but not the week of the show in case you get one too short, it will give the nail a chance to heal.  You do not want a limping dog in the ring.

Trimming The Docked Tail.

Trimming The Docked Tail.

 

Trimmed Docked Tail.

Shaped Docked Tail.

 

Trimming The Natural Tail.

Trimming The Natural Tail.

 

Shaped Natural Tail.

Shaped Natural Tail.

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