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Turning a Poodle into a Kerry Blue Terrier – Step-by-Step From the Breed Standard (Part 1 of 4-Part Series)

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Video DescriptionAbout Irina "Pina" Pinkusevich


28 minutes, 27 seconds


Advanced Stylist

Turning one breed of dog into another is one of Pina’s favorite haircuts. And she’s very talented at it. She’s won awards across the country at grooming competitions doing this type of trim.

In this lesson for Learn2GroomDogs, Pina talks about how to apply the standard of the Kerry Blue to a Poodle. She uses the AKC written breed standard as a guide.

Pina says, ‘When you are looking for a dog for a mixed breed class in the grooming contest arena – the better you know the standards of all breeds, the easier it will be to see dogs that could easily have the another breeds standard applied to it. By doing this correctly, you are turning it into another breed all together.’

Because of Pina’s vast knowledge of standards, she can do this very easily. The dog you are looking at may not perfectly fit into the other breed’s standard. That’s okay. If you have hair, you can build it. You can sculpt it.

In this lesson she is going to work on this dog section by section, applying the standards as she goes. Pina reads small sections from the AKC book and then shows you how she applies what is written to the dog as she sets the haircut.

This is an amazing lesson, one not to miss by any serious pet stylists looking to take their grooming skills into the certification or contest ring.

In this video you will learn:

  • How to apply the breeds standard of one breed to another.
  • Why turning one breed into another can be so successful in the competition area.
  • How to create the illusion of a powerful neck.
  • How to set the hip and tail to give the impression of power.
  • Ways to camouflage structural elements.

Irina "Pina" Pinkusevich

Certifications: NCMG

Irina "Pina" Pinkusevich immigrated from The Ukraine in 1989. She realized her passion as a Pet Stylist while working part-time as a bather. In the earlier part of her career Irina worked as a Pet Stylist at some of the most high-end grooming salons in New York.

Looking to improve her skills & expand her horizons, Irina entered the world of Competitive Grooming in 2006. In her competitive career Irina has won multiple BIS & Best All Around Groomer awards. She is a two-time recipient of the Lynne Carver Award for the most Best All Around Groomer wins in 2008 & 2010. Irina was also honored to win the Liz Paul Memorial Award for the most Best in Show wins in 2010. She is the winner of the Winner’s Circle Jackpot 2011 where she won $32,500 for grooming Lucas, her champion American Cocker Spaniel. In 2013 she was the winner of another Jackpot & in 2017 she won The World Dog Show’s World Champion Award.

Irina was a member of GroomTeam USA from 2008 through 2013. She competed in the World Championships for the United States in 2009, 2011, & 2013 helping the U.S. team bring home a Silver & two Golds.

Currently, Irina is a national & international judge & lecturer as well as an ambassador for Artero. Irina was awarded the Cardinal Crystal Award for Judge of the Year 2014 & the Barkleigh Honors Award for Up & Coming Speaker of the Year 2014. She has also been nominated for multiple Cardinal Crystal & Barkleigh awards in 2015.

Irina is a National Certified Master Groomer (NCMG) with the National Dog Groomers of America. She is also a Certifier for their company.

Dedicated to improving the industry, Irina teaches at Merryfield School of Pet Grooming in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. She travels the world educating through conferences and seminars. She is also an integral part of Artero’s Jornadas events in Spain and the USA.
Irina is associated with Kiyara Poodles, owned by Michael Lamb and Bill Jividen Jr.. Kiyara is a top breeder of miniature poodles in the United States. She is also associated with Kerryfield Kennels, owned by Virginia Harding & Krizma Kennels owned by Lois Grier, top breeders of Kerry Blue Terriers. With these kennels, Irina has bred and co-owned numerous champion Poodles and Kerry Blue Terriers.

Irina is co-owner of a high-end styling salon in Oakland Park, Florida: Päsh the Canine Boudoir. It is here where she is most often found grooming the amazing show dogs that are her passion.

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