This is Rusty Harrell. He is a Lhasa/Poodle mix according to his mom and dad.
He has soft hair that is rather difficult to cut, and they like him rather fluffy, which is a nice change in this area. We tend to see a lot of short, short clips on dogs like this.
We start out by bathing him and fluff drying him. We use Stazko shampoo and spray for coats of this type because it leaves them with enough texture to stand well and yet has some properties which prevent matting in between grooming and dematting abilities while drying is taking place.
I used my Speed Feed trimmer by Laube on this dogs body and legs, follwed by scissoring the legs into the shape I wanted. On the body I used the 6mm comb and on the legs I used the 12mm comb, not quite touching the leg the entire way down, more skimming in the front of the legs from the knee to the foot to make the legs more columnar. On the rear of the back legs, in the area of the muscle on the thigh, I used the 6 MM to shape in angulation, scooping out an area shorter than the rest of the leg. it just looks better to me and makes angulation easy and fast. You can see in the image below how it was done.
His head is a squared off chin with a rounder head, similar to a bell shaped Bichon style head. THey like him squared off because, as his mother says, it makes him look "manly". The rounder head made him look like a girl to her.
This entire groom took about 30 minutes using those snap on combs. If he was hand scissored it would have taken closer to an hour.
THe head is not as flat as it appears in this photo, it had been squished (love that technical term, don't you?) when we were trying to get him to stand still for me. I apologize for the glowing eyes. My grooming room requires flashes and dog eyes don't like flashes.