May 5, 2015 Newsletter
Grooming the Show Style English Setter
Pina Pinkusevich, NCMG

The English Setter is a Gun Dog of great style and beauty. It is a well-balanced, medium-sized dog. It has enough bone to be considered strong but not so much as to lose the elegance of a fine Sporting Dog. It has the power and endurance to work in the field all day. Its gait is strong and free with great reach and drive.


The Sporting Dog or the Gun Dog group is generally one of the smaller classes in the competition pet grooming arena. Award winning pet stylists and teacher, Irina 'Pina' Pinkusevich is excited to show you how to groom the English Setter correctly with lots of detail.


This is an amazing high end lesson. In traditional Pina style, she reads important sections the breed standard as she works on the dog. Once she has read the standard out loud, she then explains what it means. Pina then demonstrates how to apply it to a real dog. The real beauty of this lesson is that much of the information and techniques can be applied to other Sporting and Gun Dogs of similar types such as Setters and many of the Spaniels  


The techniques Pina uses to groom this breed correctly is a combination of carding, hand stripping and some thinning shear work. The end result is a dog that looks very natural - there is nothing artificial or sculpted about the way this dog looks. Through correct grooming methods, she has enhanced the dog to match the breed standard.


This 5-part video is 75 minutes in length    


In this video you will learn:

  • How to trim the ear for a soft look.
  • How to create the illusion of a longer neck.
  • How to set the transition line on the side of the dog.
  • What shape you are looking for with the chest furnishings.
  • How to establish the angle of the undercarriage line.

It's like having a private coach right in your computer every month!

From the Archives!  

Grooming a Full Coated Shih Tzu in an Outlined Layer Cut  

The key to success with this style of haircut is working with the coat that has a bit of wire texture to it.


Tracy does the entire trim using primarily thinning shears to blend the coat and shears to shape the feet. When the trim is finished, you have the illusion of a full coated dog. Yet the hair is much shorter. It's tidy. And everything is very soft.


The entire trim is so fitting for little dog. This is a very cute trim that is easy to do.



Estimated Run Time:  30 minutes  

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