look way back into the shadows of history and find the first people to
clip Poodles was centuries ago. They were huntsmen. The Poodle was
originally used as a hunting dog. While he was very effective on land, the
poodles mobility when retrieving in the water was seriously impaired by
his extremely dense and curly coat. The huntsmen shaved the poodles rear
hindquarters to allow for greater freedom of movement in the water,
leaving puffs of hair on the hip joints and ankle joints. The puffs of
hair (now called pom-poms and bracelets) were left to help keep the joints
warm. The hair was left long of the front half of the poodle to keep the
vital organs warm when they swam in cold water.
A bit later, more clips were developed when circus clowns adopted
the Poodle as a performer for its ability to learn tricks quickly and for
its ability to entertain and amuse people.
art of clipping Poodles has developed through time until, in the
present day. We have a whole industry of grooming salons not only for
Poodles, but for all types of dogs and cats. Some grooming salons carry
special dog foods, grooming supplies, collars, and many other accessories
for the well-kept animal.
a Poodle well clipped enhances his beauty and health tremendously. This
special grooming should be performed ideally every 4 to 6 weeks because
the coat grows rapidly.
are only three clips that are acceptable for the show ring. The clips
accepted in the show ring are Puppy clip, English Saddle Clip, and the
Continental Clip. The Puppy Clip is accepted in the show ring on poodles
under 12 months of age, adult poodles are clipped in one of the other two
clips. But There are many clips suited to the pet poodle. These hairstyles
are always interesting and often very amusing. Visit Poodle
Clips to view some of the different clips available for poodles.