|Barked: Wed Feb 11, '09 3:50am PST |
|A proper poodle coat should cord naturally, but it's some times necessary to encourage the cording by twisting and rolling. As the cords develop, it's up to you to make sure that the cords are all uniform in size and remain separate. At times, cords will require splitting because they have become to thick or have become entangled with each other, causing mats between them. Its very important that the coat be kept VERY CLEAN and imperative the coat be completely dried every time it gets wet (be if from a bath or just a romp in the morning dew or rain). Cords (being mats) allowed to remain damp, can become mildewed and also be a breeding ground for bacteria and yeast.
I've never maintained a corded coat, but a few other groomers I know, told me a corded coat is harder to maintain than a fluffed out coat. It's a daily maintenance thing and you can't take a day off or you'll end up with matted that would require the dog be shaved down.
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