Well, my version of one any way.
I used to do a Lion Clip on a Chow, years ago, but I did not shave him.
I hand scissored his body 1/2 off and left his main natural.
Boy, he was a beautiful black Chow.
I wish I had pictures of him.
(Those were pre-photography addiction times.)
Can you believe that I have groomed for 26 years before ever doing a Lion Clip on a Pomeranian.
There is a reason behind that fact.
I almost always talk my customers out of clipping double coated breeds.
It all started from one of those awful experiences that seem to happen in the first few years of a grooming career.
You know, when you are learning to mind read what your customer really wants done with their dog.
Those customers who say one thing, BUT totally mean something else.
In this particular horrifying experience, that left me scared for life, the owner of a Sheltie walked in and asked me to shave her dog as short as I could get him.
Now you would think that those instructions were pretty straight forward.
Very hard to misunderstand.
She used the word SHAVED.
She said; "Short as you can get him."
I even pointed to the short hair on his muzzle and asked;
"As short as the hair on his muzzle?"
"Yes, yes. That's good" she answered.
I knew exactly what to do.
I clipped that sheltie with a #5F blade.
I blended the head and tail nicely into the body.
The clip was nice, smooth and even.
I was so proud of myself.
I had only been grooming for 3 years.
I personally do not like the way a shaved down Sheltie looks, but that is what the owner asked for.
That's what you got from those instructions.
That's what any groomer would have done.
The Shelties owner actually screamed.
And I stood there dumbfounded.
"I did what you wanted." I stammered.
"I shaved him as short as the hair on his muzzle", I pleaded.
The owner started to cry.
"That's not MY dog!" she cried.
"Where are all of his beautiful colors?" she screamed.
I looked down at his now dull, grayish shaved coat.
"The sable color is only on the top part of the coat. This is what the coat looks like underneath." I tried to explain.
I don't really remember any more after that.
I think I was in shock.
No one had ever been that upset with me before.
(Well, the eyelash lady came close.)
(Well, the eyelash lady came close.)
I have never shaved another Sheltie since.
I have issues.
I can't help it .
I can still see the look on her face, even after all of these years.
Whenever someone brings in a dog with a double coat, I go through my speel.
I pull out my trusty grooming book, and show them pictures of some double coated breeds that have been shaved so that they can see what they are asking for.
I also tell them that if they keep shaving the dog, that over time the coat may no longer grow back.
The one thing that changes most of their minds is that their dog will lose the beautiful colors in the top coat, and be left with a dull undercoat.
I am not sorry for this.
I hate the way a lot of double coated breeds look when they are shaved.
I will shave them if the owner really wants me to.
After all it is their dog.
I just want them to understand what they are asking for first!
When 'Rusty' came in for a groom, his owners knew exactly what they wanted.
He only gets shaved once a year.
They wanted him to look like a lion, but they did not want the main too full.
Here is what I did.
This is 'Rusty' after the bath.
Most of his undercoat has been HVed out.
I could have so saved this coat and given him a nice trim.
I am over it.
This is after the clip.
Body: from the shoulders back, clip with a #5F.
Main & Head: blended into the body and scissor tight.
Tail: #5F on top 1/3 of tail, neaten the rest.
Old fears die hard.
I still held my breath when I took 'Rusty' up to his owners.
Did I understand their instructions correctly?
They did want his body shaved, right?
They had him shaved before, right?
They already knew what he would look like, right?
Get a grip!
I still found myself holding my breath.
They loved it.
I could breath again.
He did turn out cute, I will admit.
It is just that I love the natural coat.
I can't understand why people get certain breeds, and then ruin them by shaving them down.
It's just me.
A pet peeve.
I'll get over it.
Not really. :))