One of the many things that attracted us to the standard poodle is the fact that they don't shed. This is very important as we have a small herd of shedding cats running around the house. They do however, require constant grooming. Something I must admit that I'm not the greatest at. I've been keeping up with the ear cleaning and recently started brushing Gypsy's teeth. The first time with the brushing was an adventure but I think she kind of likes it now. The hair brushing is the thing that is most difficult. When her hair gets longer and curly, it is about impossible to brush through. I've got a small fortune invested in various brushes and combs trying to find the magical tool. None of them work very well. This is why we look forward to poodle spa day at the groomer. We've been taking Gyp to the same girl since she was a puppy. This girl has a great grooming studio in her house. Gypsy walks into the salon as if she owns the place and is always greeted with enthusiasm. We take her in looking like a miniature llama and get her back looking like she is ready for a dog show. I don't know how they do it but they do a great job. You can see in the picture above that she is all smiles after returning home from the parlor. You can also see she is getting a bit gray. Maybe we can have the groomer fix that next time.