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UpNorth
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Registered: 01/11/06
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Date Posted: Friday, April 06, 2007, 10:15:49 AM     view UpNorth profile  reply to this message  send private message to UpNorth 

I was considering shaving our Russian Spaniels coat for summer, similar to what people do for a Springer Spaniel.  Has anyone else done this?  Did it look good on them or is their coat too thin?  I was trying to eliminate burs, etc., while training him this summer.

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Elaine
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Date Posted: Friday, April 06, 2007, 12:48:22 PM     view Elaine profile  reply to this message  send private message to Elaine 

Up North,

  Last year I shaved Nika's ears down to about a half inch, they were so dirty and full of burrs.  That looked okay.  It did take a while for them to return to their original look.  She got into some burrs last week and now she has no feathering on her right leg, it doesn't seem too bad.  Wouldn't make it in the ring though.

Elaine

p.s.  Nika's coat is wavier and denser than preferred, so I don't know if that makes a difference.

Becky
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From: Woodbury, MN
Registered: 12/13/05
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Date Posted: Sunday, April 08, 2007, 12:27:04 PM     view Becky profile  reply to this message  send private message to Becky 

We are also in MN. Since we had Ricci evaluated last September, we shaved him right after Valentine's day. He had quite a bit of fringe on all his legs and fur between his toes. His ears would get matted so quickly. Since he loves to jump and play in the snow, being shaved was great for no ice balls stuck all over him. We loved it and would do it again when he grows out. I have before and after pictures if you want to see them. Becky & Ricci

Anna
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From: Houston, TX
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Date Posted: Tuesday, April 17, 2007, 10:03:13 PM     view Anna profile  reply to this message  send private message to Anna 

Please do not shave your Russian Spaniel until it was evaluated (or at least a few months prior to that if you find it absolutely nessesary). Coat length, thickness and texture is affected by shaving, and will prevent us from doing a proper evaluation. Most people do not shave these dogs as their coats are short, unlike the Spingers'. It is common to trim around their paws to prevent snow from sticking to the fur between the toes.

Svetlana
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Date Posted: Monday, February 25, 2008, 12:02:50 AM     view Svetlana profile  reply to this message  send private message to Svetlana 

I would like to add that it is important not to shave or in any ways alter the look of this new and unrecognized abroad breed.   The coat is very easy to take care of - it always stays clean and can be easily brushed.

   The breed was developed to have less furnishings then other types of spaniels, so the weeds and snow wouldn't be a problem.   Nobody shaves other dogs that are not meant to be shaven:  for example   -Golden retrivers to make them look like Labs, Black russian terriers to make them look like Giant Schnauzer, or Bernese Mountain dogs to make them look like Greater Swiss mountain dog.  The shaving will alter the dog's coat (thickness and appearance)and also will make dogs look scrawny.  Dog groomers can be pretty pushy when it comes to make extra money on trimming the dogs.  Please resist the temptation.  I get compliments everywhere I go with Chaikovsky - I brush his ears and body with metal brush and I comb his fringes with a metal comb and it works great.



From Russia with Love. Chaikovsky and Mama.

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