How to care for a show coat
Good quality shampoo
Good quality conditioner
Good quality pin brush
Good quality comb
Good quality slicker brush
A Poodle in show coat must be always be clean. It should be bathed at least
every 10 days, using a very good quality shampoo and conditioner. Always handle the
coat very gently. Bath the dog using a high quality gentle shampoo, rinse very well.
Remove excess moisture from the coat (remember be always gentle) then apply a good
quality conditioner. Do not rinse after the conditioner. For Toys and Miniatures,
wrap them in a towel but DON'T rub the coat. For Standards, remove excess water by
pressing a bath towel against the coat without rubbing. Dry the coat using the
slicker brush for shorter coat and the pin brush for longer coat, using a hair
The coat should be brushed every day very gently. Never brush a dry coat, slightly
spay conditioner on the coat. Brush in the way the coat grows, the tips first and
going gradually to the skin. You should always finish your movement in a well
Brush with a straight movement from the wrist:
NEVER brush with a twisting movement from the wrist:
A twisting movement from the wrist will rip out the coat by twisting the coat
around the pins of the brush.
Change the wrapping or banding every day. To cut the elastic band without touching the
coat, lift the elastic band and then cut it.
Don't forget that the quality of the coat is hereditary. Also, feed the coat by
feeding your Poodle a very good quality diet. The coat is made of 100% proteins so
your Poodle should have enough proteins in its daily diet to build it!
Good luck at your next show!