To Hide or not to hide......no, we aren't talking about the credit card reciept from your last shopping spree from your spouse!
We are talking about the splay foot.........
A splay foot can be found on nearly any breed, and for most it is NOT correct.
Let's begin by defining just what a "splay foot" is..
Splay foot means that the toes on the foot are spread out and usually the toes are long and flat as well.
This is unattractive and can be caused by a variety of things, from just pure poor genetics to having been on soft ground too long. Even from the nails not being cared for properly.
Where this comes to play into our grooming is if we are shaving a foot, whether it's on a mixed breed, a schnauzer ( you know we ALL have those clients who request strange things!) or on a poodle...it is a fault that YES we DO want to hide!
So, if we have a cat like foot, a dog whose foot is well up on arched toes that are compactly put side by side, this is attractive, and we would want to show that off ....that being said, your clip line would be just above the wrist bone of the foot.....
But, if we have a Splay / hare foot........we would want to hide this fault....to do this, you would lower your clip line, depending on the severity of the fault. If it is extreme you would stop your clip line just behind where the toes meet the foot at the crease of each toe...you would also lower your bevel to your leg so that it hangs nearly over the foot . To create a lower bevel do not angle your scissors so much when trimming along the clip line......you will want them to be more flat leaned toward the toenails as opposed to leaning up and away from the toenails.
So the answer to the Question is YES.......Hide The splay or hare foot....your dogs will look better for it~ happy grooming! Till next time~ Kim