Yes that's right, docking tails and cropping ears is illegal here in the UK, you see rottweilers, dobermans, bull dogs etc all with full tails, it took awhile to get used to, but I totally agree with non docking and cropping, and my baby poodle Willow has a lovely tiny tail that is almost always sticking straight up and wagging lol
Poodle tails? Dew claws? Not too important in comparison. I like docked tails. I prefer dew claws removed. Having said that, I suspect that if docking/dewclaw removal became illegal in the US we would all adjust fine, just like I have adjusted to my poodles dew claws.
Spike has an undocked tail. We love it and we get compliments all the time. If the tail was docked you would never see the cute white tip. It is just another one of his not so normal poodle features. For one thing, he is multi colored. Also, I don't put him in a normal poodle trim, mainly because I groom him myself. It is much easier to trim him into his bichon esque cut for me. I just let the tail grow out. I will trim the ends occasionally if it looks dry.
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Very cute. I will probably groom my spoo in some unconventional cuts too. My dog (I dont have him yet) will probably be like Madonna.. sporting a different look every time you see him. LOL. I have one idea for a clip thats inspired by the Black and White Ruffed Lemur.