Spinning is a recommended operation in the case of straight long-haired species. The Yorkshire Terrier, the Maltese Silky Dog, and the Shih-Tzu, but even the Afghan Hound may be seen before the exhibitions with white paper packs on their bodies. Although basically, each spinning species has different hair types, in each case the target is to protect from damages, breaking the very long hairs, which the dog pulls after itself while moving.
The Irish Wolf Hound has stringy hair, and therefore it has to be trimmed. A soft undercoat is hidden under the hard and rough outer coat of the largest hound species. The most experienced owners continuously remove the hairs, however in the case of a show, 4 weeks prior to the event a complete trimming has to be done.
There are some hairs even on the hairless dogs, though not too much. These little mops of hair have to be combed from time to time in order to prevent their knotting. The skin of hairless dogs is very sensitive. In the summertime, in the sunshine, the skin has to be protected with sun protecting lotion, while in the heated, dry air apartment it's “drying out” should be prevented with body lotion.
This species has lots of variants not only as regards the colors, but as regards their sizes as well. There are giant (standard) ones, medium, miniature and toy sizes. Its basic colors are black, white and brown, but there are also silver and apricot colored poodles as well. The Harlequin and the black-tan color versions are not accepted at shows yet. The hair of the poodles is curved, and the undercoat is also usually very wavy. The hairs are not always wavy along the same plane and waviness may extend up to curliness.
Usually, they do nail clipping at the end of the cosmetic operations. Although the nails are worn in a natural way if the dog moves enough on hard soil (that is not at home on the kitchen tile), nevertheless, this should be inspected. Nails too long will bend backward and this will not only hinder the dog in its free movement, but it may also cause pain for the dog.