Pom poms…The poodle trademark

When people think of poodles, they immediately think pom poms.. So much so that a dog with the continental clip has long since become the universal icon and symbol used to represent the poodle.  I am proud to say (with their long slender legs) that poodles are the only breed that can pull off such bold style! Unbeknownst to many, pom poms weren’t just for looks; In the old days, poodles were used for hunting waterfowl in cold waters and even though their bodies needed to be shaved down so they wouldn’t sink, pom poms were left around the ankles to keep them warm and serve as protection from getting cut by rocks and reeds. Alas! Fashion and Function go hand in hand.

Poodles in Stockholm sporting pom poms

Poodles in Stockholm sporting pom poms

Fancy clip-styles that feature pom poms (such as the continental clip) are only normally given to poodles involved in competitions or dog shows, as this high maintenance clip is not practical for the everyday poodle – hence categorized under ‘fancy clips’. Alot of pre-preparation is required to grow the coat to a sufficient length and to a good enough condition prior to the clipping session. Once clipped, the thick pom poms on the head, feet and torso will require VERY frequent brushing.. or else risk shaving the hard-earned coat because of a grizzly knot!

A beautiful poodle on the street in Sao Paolo, Brazil

A beautiful poodle on the street in Sao Paolo, Brazil

Let’s face it…not all poodles can pull off pom poms. The continental clip is best left for the larger standard poodles to show-off, as their natural elegance is enhanced by the skimpy clip. Smaller poodles such as the Toy might not have enough ‘leg’, which (if not done right) may have the opposite effect, making them look clunky and weighted down, rather than slender. Miniature poodles can probably get away with it… after all, style is about confidence, and if your poodle knows how to strut their stuff (every poodle should be a natural), by all means go for it!

Poodles parading their pom poms

Poodles parading their pom poms

That is all for the very first post on Poodlestyle!

Photo Credits:
(Photo 1 photo credit: fototastisch / Foter.com / CC BY )
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