In our experience, one of the most misunderstood breeds is the Poodle. The breed is wicked smart, and only fools and the uneducated perceive the coat as evidence of a “foo foo” breed. Poodles are retrievers, and they can still perform their original function as a retriever, thank you very much,
Many of you can skip past this part, but for our new readers, a “Cliff note:” The Poodle clip is rooted in a hunter’s practicality. The legs are shaved to allow the dog to swim better, the hair left longer around the ankles and hip bones to keep joints warm, as well as on the body to protect internal organs. The Poodle’s coat texture enables the dog emerging from water to shake water off and away from their skin. The colored ribbon in the dog’s hair was used by owners to identify which dog was theirs when there were many of them in the water at one time. Over time, owners played around with Poodle clips and today we have the Bikini Clip (also known as the Miami Clip), the English Saddle Clip, Continental Clip, the Lamb Clip, Kennel, or Utility Clip, the Modified Continental Clip, and of course the corded coat.
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