This entire trim was the brain child of an owner. She is a dear elderly lady that owns two cavaliers; a ruby, Beau (pictured) and a tri named Bentley. The first few grooms we tried everything. The kids had just trims, de-sheds, comb attachment trims, full shaves…..you name it we tried it in hopes of discovering mom’s desired look. She wanted them short so they shedding would be less noticeable and to alleviate the Florida heat, but yet still have some cavie character. Hence the Caribbean Cavalier was born.
The body is shaved with either a #10 or #7 blade. The shave begins at the occiput and ends at the base of the tail. However, unlike a typical High and Tight, the front feathers, chest and tail are left untouched. This particular owner requests the inside of the ears be shaved as well, since she does clean them in-between visits and likes to be able to see their condition better.
With the body shaved, the rest of the style is achieved through scissoring. The feet are taken tight, almost catlike. This is done by either brushing or combing the hair in-between the toes up and thinning shearing the excess off. Then trim the outer edges of the foot.
For the tail, first brush out thoroughly. Then once it is tangle free, hold it out horizontally and trim into a flag style tail. Think something akin to a golden retrievers ideal tail. Blend the base to the body with thinning shears.
The front feathers and chest are combed out, and lightly shaped. The ears are slightly rounded as well. Blend all remaining lines and you have yourself a cavalier that is ready to rumba in the hot Caribbean sun! !