Rusty has had a minimal hair cut by me with just scissors and a comb to help get it even just as I watch the hairdresser do when she is cutting my hair and shaping it. This is my favourite because it is a minimum maintenance and still looks good weeks & months after and when washing it holds much less water so wets out so much quicker. Then when it comes to drying it really shines as it is quicker to dry as well. All in all this is the look and easy to maintain look I like most but would you believe he's a poodle?
Here ia another view of Rusty
This is our larrikin girl Ginger who has been left natural and never been cut except for around the eyes and face as the hair around the eyes can irritate the eyes as you will see below and by removing it is no drama but must be so much better for the dogs and takes only a minute to do. This looks good but is much more work bathing and when she goes in the dam it takes so much longer for her to dry.`
Now meet Lisa. She is a lighter colour and I have clipped her similar to Rusty and she is a full sister to Rusty but more like her fathers colours. She is a softer animal and specially chosen to breed for people just wanting a gentle lap dog that will suit grand parents down to the ground as she will be the fun of the party when the grand kids come round but happy to see them go and not look for the strenuous exercise each day reverting back to grandma's feet warmer whilst she watches TV or does her knitting, checking her emails or whatever.
Lisa has a minimalist haircut and has a much lighter coat meaning it isn't as heavy or close as the two above and she is a dream to wash and she just has so much love to give and loves licking (their way of showing affection I suppose like we would kiss someone to say we think she's OK.
There is another little male Casey I kept back to test as a sire again to put over Cavalier females so they won't be inbreeding with their own siblings but completely different breed even to concentrate on producing Cavoodles. People seem to have the concept that females have the nicest nature but Casey is the sweetest nature of any dog I have (Mind you Lisa isn't far behind and I am delighted with the temperament of these dogs, it all goes well for their offsprings) and he is a light colour just like Lisa, in fact they are hard to tell apart. All in all the results I am getting now I can't buy pups as good as I have so will be breeding our own and then crossing the first cross with poodles to Cavalier King Charles and Cavaliers to poodles. It doesn't matter which mum or dad you choose but is a matter of finding which combinations produce the best magic in the pups and culling any that don't. To me so long as temperament is up to scratch I look for which is the best mum and both make good mums but Cavaliers are reputed to have more pups so are usually used for economic reasons.
The last two are of Rosie and she hasn't been cut at all but is a minimal cut and compared to Lisa she takes a lot more time washing her. Again Rosie and Lisa are highly suited to an older couple or a young family with less energy than either Ginger or Rusty. I have found a fantastic brush for brushing these dogs it is called Les Pouch a German made product so it's not cheep as brushes go but it is good. A friend had one and it worked wonderfully well I got one and it is just as good for Cavoodles as poodles, in fact these are so close much is interchangeable particularly if you don't want a traditional hair cut and whilst I'm all for minimum maintenance daily brushings are a real positive benefit as the dogs love the attention and become used to being handled so are easier when we just have to like clipping, toe nail clips especially or anything that needs doing to them also builds trust. Back to the brush I chose the brush with the red centre and one set of long stainless wire bristles facing backward so as to gently tease the knots out whilst the other side has bristles with a bend forward so as to catch early knots and fluff up the fur. 5-10 minutes brushing and their coat becomes so soft and furry and if you want that look it is beneficial to give it 5 minutes a day. On this side I have given Rosie just a few moments brushing but on the other side below is the natural rag doll look with no brushing
Finally meet Oliver a friends dog who is also a very intelligent dog but he is here to give you another alternative haircut. This one is called the sheep cut ie looks like a sheep. Oliver's coat is cut every month to 6 weeks and he gets 10 minutes grooming every morning to keep that lovely even sheen on his coat and he is soon due for another cut. 2 things I'd like to point out to help you think what you want, notice his feet are clipped very close, that helps him keep clean and if it isn't cut (you really need a close set of clippers to get this close) it means if he treads in some mud the fur around the feet doesn't hold the mud and bring it inside. The other is his face, when he's just clipped will be so close the nose looks just like show poodles (sort of greyhound look but not as exaggerated however around the eyes is nice and close even 6 weeks later. the main thing for you to compare is the appearance that only comes with daily brushings and TLC.
Now here is a photo of the mum and bubs and please note that the bright white face of Sweetie is really the similar colour as the rest of the body just totally washed out by the flash. The two outside pups are the darker and the middle one is the lighter but again the colour isn't as good because of the flash.
The puppies were born at weights of between 147 grams and 202g and are now doubled their weight in just under a week since her milk came down.
Some people self included have preferred to have Cavalier mum's and Poodle dads but having seen litters from both realise that it really depends on the mum and her mothering qualities much more than breed and if Sweeties mothering skills are passed on to her girls I'll have them any day and the girls above Ginger, Lisa and Rosie will be possible starters for their first litter around August this year to a lovely little Cavalier called Jock who is a Blenhime colour (brown and white) and a really pretty dog with the potential to throw unusual colours in the offsprings. It has reached the stage that today I have difficulty finding dogs I can buy to replace my retiring girls that are as good or better than the ones I can breed up and know that there is no inbreeding in their line or other unexpected health or temperament problems so the future increase will mostly come from here plus buying in some when I can find pups who's parents tick all the boxes as well as these to continue expanding their genetics.