The current trend of giving toy poodles unusual haircuts dates back to haircutting practices believed to have originated in Germany. Because poodles were used for hunting, they needed to be able to move freely both on land and in water so that they could easily retrieve a catch. To facilitate a hunting poodle's comfort and ease of movement, hair was removed around the midsection, limbs, muzzle and eyes. Hair was left untouched around the chest and joints to help keep the poodle's vital organs warm.
The Puppy clip is characterized by a clean-shaven face, neck and throat. With this type of cut, the feet are shaved completely bare. One of the most striking features of this haircut is the look of the tail: the base of the tail is shaved except for the very tip, which is left with a prominent, round pom-pom. In addition, the poodle's hindquarters, legs and chest are shaped so that the hair in those areas blends well with the longer hair on the rest of the poodle's body.
Teddy Bear Clip
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A popular look for toy and smaller-size poodles, the Teddy Bear clip actually requires the use of scissors, not clippers. To achieve the Teddy Bear look, the fur on the body, legs and tail is shaped with scissors and shortened to a couple of inches in length. The fur on the face, tail and feet is also scissored to the same length so that the poodle's entire coat blends together. This haircut is considered high maintenance and requires frequent brushing to maintain a well-groomed look.
For toy poodle puppies, and poodles in general, the Kennel clip, also called the Utility clip, is simple to do and easy to maintain. For this haircut style, the poodle's feet, tail and face are shaved and the fur on the body and legs is cut to less than a half-inch long. To complete the look, the fur on the ears can be left full, somewhat shortened or totally clipped, and the tail is topped off with a pom-pom.
Toy Poodle Grooming Tips
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If you choose to groom your toy poodle yourself instead of using a professional dog groomer, you'll need the following supplies: comb, brush, scissors, clippers, dog shampoo, conditioner and blow dryer. Toy poodles should be bathed regularly and clipped about every six weeks to maintain the style and shape of a haircut. Other hair care includes plucking out hairs that grow inside the ear canal.