Why do Poodles have funny haircuts? The tradition of the Poodle clip goes back thousands of years. We don’t know the origin, but with my proclivity for historical novels I imagine this scenario:
The Poodle is a favorite with the lord of the manor when he goes off hunting waterfowl. After the hunt the lord invites the shaggy Poodle, who is wet and dirty from a day of retrieving, into the manor so that they can discuss the day’s hunt.
“Oh, no,” the lady of the manor screams. “You are not bringing that filthy dog into the manor.”
Thinking quickly, the lord summons the barber. They confer and invent the Poodle clip. Thinking that a totally bald dog looks pretty ugly, the barber shaves the parts of the dog that get dirty: the feet, face, tail and underbelly. Then the rest is sculpted. The barber molds the topknot to give the dog an intelligent look. The fur on the long ears is combed down to give her beauty. Strategically placed pompoms give her a charming, jaunty look.
As they are finishing, the lord says, “Don’t you think my favorite hunting dog looks rather (he searches for the word)…stupid?”
“No, no,” the barber assures him, hoping for a big tip. “Very practical. She will stay clean and dry on land and be more buoyant in the water. The pompoms will keep her joints warm.“
The lady of the manor is enchanted by the elegant look and invites the Poodle into the manor. Of course the other dogs are laughing their butts off when they see the Poodle. The Poodle has no idea why they are laughing until she sees the second Poodle cut, but by then Poodles have become household fixtures in the manor as they settle by the feet of the lord and lady to warm themselves by the hearth every evening.