Rebecca wrote:what is the brittany cut?????
I have had a couple of groomers work on my guys, and each has had a slightly different idea of what a "Brittany cut" is, so it is good to ask before hand, so you know what to expect. Generally, it seems to entail cutting them short all around, but leaving the feathers and "skirt" ("heinie-feathers") longer but trimmed up. Some will cut the ears short, others just trim around the edge of the ear, but leave the hair on the ear a bit longer. Some cut the tails smooth, like a german shorthair pointer's tail, others will leave a little bit of the "flag." Most groomers will take direction, though and I often feel like I'm Sally from the movie When Harry Met Sally
, when she was ordering a sandwich, "Give me one of those, but add this, this and this, and hold that..."
I have my guys cut every 8 weeks from April 1st to October 1st, but let them grow out for the winter (I live near Chicago.) It's kind of expensive for 2 dogs ($64) so I usually get them cut pretty short, and by 8 weeks it is long-ish, but not out of control like in the winter. Anyway, I usually tell Gail, my groomer, "Give them a Brit cut, but leave about an inch at the ends of their tails (so I don't see the rather raw-looking docking scars) and trim their ears smooth." If it is the muddy season (April) I also tell her to "Take off the feathers this time," but I always regret that, because though it is easier to keep them clean, it looks just awful. In fact, when I ask for that, Gail always winks and says, "Ahh yes, you want the Dalmation cut!"