Even if an owner selects the proper brush and comb, they are often used incorrectly...perhaps only whisking through the topcoat instead of going through to the skin. The dead hair becomes tangled with the live portion of the hair and within a very short amount of time, a solid block of matted hair can form near the Poodle's skin.
Even With Proper Brushing - 'Tangle Phases'
Even when you know how to properly brush a Poodle's coat, there are very important "tangle phases" to face. This means certain times when the Poodle's coat can mat up even with proper brushing. What are these "tangle phases"? Let's look:
- Longs spells of damp weather and humidity
- Heavy snow that lands on the Poodle's coat
- Dogs that go outdoors and become soaked without the coat being brushed and dried properly
- MOST IMPORTANTLY: When the Poodle is "blowing it's coat", which means when the coat of the dog is changing from puppy to adult texture - at this time the ends of the hair are rather sparse while the coat at the skin is much thicker. The fine puppy hair is being replaced by a coarser hair in the same follicle. AS the new, harder coat grows in, it becomes tangled with the soft puppy coat. During this changeover, if the Poodle is not brushed every single day, the mats form almost overnight...And forms large clumps near the skin. The most troublesome spots are:
- The neck
- The shoulders
- Behind the ears
- In the "armpits", under the front legs
- Between the back legs
The change of coat texture can be exasperating to owners of show prospects; in fact this interval often separates the true exhibitor from the amateur, because it's usually the time that many owners decide that they are not up to growing and maintaining a show coat.