Grooming Lingo to Help You Communicate with Your Groomer

When it comes to grooming your pet, there are a lot of unfamiliar terminologies out there, making it difficult to communicate with your groomer. To avoid any confusion, here's a guide to some of the most common grooming terms. With this knowledge, you'll be able to confidently discuss your pet's needs with your groomer and get them looking their best. 

Bath and Basics: this is for a dog with short hair like a Labrador Retriever, Pug or Bulldog.  They will get a bath, blow-dry, brushout, nail trim and ears cleaned.

For haircut dogs there are many different options.

Breed Standard: this haircut will make the dog look like the breed standard. Example of this is Schnauzer Cut - his pattern is achieved by clipping or hand stripping the body and leaving furnishings on the front legs, knee area and down the back legs with a slight skirt. The eyebrows are sharply angled, and the ears and cheeks are shaved.  Breed standard cuts can be done for any breed of dog that gets a haircut.  

One length all over haircut: The fur is cut to one length all over the entire body (except for head, ears and tail.) Lengths can vary, ask to see a hair chart to pick the perfect length for your pet.

Outline Trim: This haircut is a scissored cut going around the outline of the dog. The skirt, feathers, chest and pants are scissored to customers desired length.  Light outline takes off a small amount of hair where a tight outline will cut the hair shorter in length.

Lion Cut

Lion cuts are a popular style for dogs and cats. The concept of this cut is exactly how it sounds, shorter length on the back part of the pet's body and full head on the pet's head and shoulder area. The front legs could be left longer or shorter to match the back; the tail is typically cut short to fit the body with a poof left at the tip of the tail. 


A dog's "skirt" is the long hair that hangs between a dog's front and back legs.


A dog's "feathers" refer to the long hair on the backs of the legs and are specific to certain breeds, such as English Cocker Spaniels, Golden Retrievers, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, and others.

Pants: The fur/hair on the back legs at the point of rump. 

Clean face: Shaving the face, muzzle and cheeks with a shorter blade.

Clean feet: The feet are completely shaved, exposing the nails and the entire foot up to the ankle.

Topknot (TK): A ponytail or pigtails on top of the head, held in place with a barrette, bow or binder.

Sanitary trim: A shave of the hair around the vulva/genitals and around a dog’s rectom to keep this area more sanitary.

Communication and pictures are the best way to get the look you are going for with your pet’s style. 

No bones about it, Huckleberry's Pet Parlor is Sycamore and DeKalb's premier pet center. Our services include full-service pet grooming, doggy daycare, dog training, self-service pet wash, treats, toys, and more. Visit our website to learn more, or call us at (815) 899-3435 to make an appointment.


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