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  1. A Jackapoo is a cross between a Jack Russell and a Poodle.  The coat texture and colour vary from dog to dog.  I groom some which look very similar to a Jack Russell with fuzzy hair and others are really Poodle looking and maybe just colouring of a JRT.

    Prices for grooming Jackapoo, Jackadoodles can very so we need to meet your dog or puppy first but range from £23 - £30 Depending on coat condtion, texture, and how regular your pet will need to be groomed.

    Please call text or email for more infomation.

  2. Is the busiest week for a good groomer.  Regular Clients will have reserved their dogs special Christmas groom months in advance as it is really important to these owners they have a fresh clean dog for all the xmas and new year visitors.

    So Im afraid we have no space now for any dogs that need grooming till January 2013 when we will be offering some special deals.

  3. So what are some of the more common Poodle hair styles that you are likely to come across.

    The Puppy Clip

    This clip as the name suggests is reserved for younger dogs. Usually by the time they reach 12 months of age, a different style is selected.

    In this case, the feet, face, and base of the tail are shaved closely. The body hair is allowed to grow and can be shaped according to personal preference. The pack is the front part of the main coat and is usually pulled up into a ponytail-like topknot.

    The Poodle puppy cut can be used for showing poodles under the age of 12 months.

    Continental Clip 

    This is one of the most popular clips used for showing. Here again you see a close shave of the face, back quarters down to the poms, front legs between poms and elbow, feet, and the base of the tail. When you come to the pack area, leave it very long and trim it with scissors to the required shape. Just like the puppy clip, leave the topknot long and shape it into a ponytail. You should also leave the tail long and shape it into a round ball. Start the poms on the legs just above the wrists and hock joints and stop just above the feet. They also have a round shape. In this clip mode, place the hip rosettes exactly over the hip joint.

     Modified Continental Clip

    This style differs from the former simply with respect to hip rosettes. In the modified clip, you have a choice as to whether or not to include the hip rosettes.

    Utility Clip

    This is sometimes known as the Kennel clip. The feet, face, and base of the tail are shaved closely. This time, the hair on the body is kept short and is simply clipped into shape. You should leave the topknot and the tail longer than the body hair. This style is ideal for summer and does not require much effort to take care of. How long the body hair is depends on the type of blade that is used. Normally, a 7 blade is used in this clip.

    Lamb Clip

    The Lamb Clip requires that the feet, base of the tail, and the face are all shaved closely. You should leave the legs, the tail, and topknot fluffy. You can either choose to have the body fluffy or clip it so that it is shorter than the legs. In essence, the length of the hair depends on personal preference.

    Bikini Clip

    This style is sometimes known as the Summer or Miami clip. Just like the previous clips, the feet, face, and the base of the tail are all shaved closely. You should leave the body hair fluffy but not excessively long. Clip the body hair into shape. When you come to the legs, shape them into poms at the bottom beginning above the wrist and stopping above the feet. It is your choice how long you want the hair to be.

    Town and Country Clip

    In addition to the feet, face, and the base of the tail, the neck area and wide belly band should be shaved closely. Furthermore, narrow lines are shaved closely between the withers along the spine and into the belly band. These narrow lines are also shaved between the hips along the spine and into the belly band. Leave the rest of the hair fluffy and clip into shape.


  4. If your looking to book your dog in for a Christmas groom this December your not alone.  Chritmas is a really busy time of year for groomers.  Everyone wants their dog clean and looking their best for santa.

    Please call if you are looking for a bath & brush or full groom this December we will try to accomodate your dogs.  We are in Cheadle Heath Stockport.

  5. Poms need a really good groom every 8-12 weeks.  They are double coated and therefor can matt if not brushed and combed on a regular basis.  Double coated breeds should not be clipped as it can ruin their coat but if you look on our wall of fame there is a Pomeranian that has been clipped in a fox trim or teddy cut and we think he looks great.  What ever breed Wagstars in Cheadle Heath will advise you on the pros and cons of each stylr for you and your dog so you can make an informed choice,

  6. We offer a Border Terrier Hand Stripping Coat Rolling service.

     This is much better For your Border especially in Winter.  Each session is tailored for you dogs individual requirements but we reccoment visiting every 6 weeks for best results. 

    If your dog has a "blown coat" then a full strip down to underwear will be needed but then we can work with you and your dog to try and maintain a nice jacket for the future.  

    Bathing also tends to soften the harsh coat that is naturally dirt repellant. If a Border gets dusty, a rubdown with a damp towel works well. Borders do not normally have strong odor.  But if your dog does require bathing this can also be catered for.

  7. Handstripping at Wagstars is done by hand pulling hairs fron the dogs coat.  When your dog has been stripped the skin can be tender and occationally irritated.  This is nothing to be concerned about but please ensure you notify us of any issues straight away.  

    At your appointment we will check your dogs coat and temprement to ensure stripping is possible as the dog has to be happy to accept the process or it will not be stripped here.  We will fully discuss the process with you and are not liable for any irritation that may occur.

    Neutering your wire coat can soften the texture potentially making the coat unstrippable so please bear this in mind if you intend to have your pet neutered clipping from a puppy is advised.

    Please ensure you investigate the pro's and con's of stripping and make an informed decision if it is right for you and your pet.

    We do not strip show dogs as I believe if you are showing your dog it is a full time job that needs to be done by the owner.  But I do offer coat rolling and maintainance programme.