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Old 04-11-2011, 05:49 PM   #11 (permalink)
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This is the beauty of poodles. They can be shaved or grown any way you want. I like shaved faces myself and a bid topknot with long ears but have on occasion shaved down my boy all over with a 8 and 1/2 to make my daughter happy. I let it grow like that until I can't stand it and then put him in a clip I like.
Your boys are beautiful with all their fur. Have you tried shaven faces with a bit of topknot?
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Old 04-11-2011, 06:13 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Your boys are beautiful with all their fur. Have you tried shaven faces with a bit of topknot?
Oh yes, Vegas had a dose of BIG topknot and shaved face for awhile. I DO NOT like long ears on him at all though.


Sweet Face by Kat G., on Flickr

Here's the longest his ears ever were, I doubt I'll ever grow them out again.
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And for hecks sake, here's tonight. I did a beglington clip on him not long ago, so his bottom jaw and neck were shaved, and I gave him tassled ears.

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I love that poodles can have so many looks!
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*overdosing on Vegas*

omg so cuuuute <3
This dog can rock any look. I'm positive of it.
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living in Chicago, I see unshaved poodley faces all the time.
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Though, seeing poodles with their face shaved does make me wonder why other hairy breeds don't get the same treatment (historically & traditionally). Schnauzers, most terriers, Portuguese Water Dogs (I think? I have seen both shaggy and short), toy breeds like Havanese, Shihs, Lhasas, etc, and Old English Sheepdogs, and sooo many others.
Birdie, It's because those breeds historically had different jobs than poodles did. With poodles (and PWDs) being retrievers, having a big beard would just get in the way when it had to grab a duck in water, so it's shaved.

Terriers, though, they were all bred to catch mean critters that fight (and bite!) back: rats, weasels, badgers, etc. And they take prey "to ground" in tight burrows, so the face is the only target. So in nearly all the terriers that have longer hair, the beard (and eyebrows or fall on some) was to protect their eyes and nose from biting and scratching prey.

In toy breeds, it mostly just depended on what the originator thought looked cute, since that was their main purpose.
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Thanks! That makes sense. I remembered there was some sort of reason for terriers to have the beard... couldn't remember it. Thanks for filling me in. (:
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I can't help it, I think a poodle = a shaved face. The main reason for me is, I just love love love the structure of a nice poodle face/head, and that is lost in a fuzzy face.
I think if my grown (young adult) children were to ever get a standard for their dog, they would choose a fuzzy face. That look does give them a lot of character!
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I think Hank looks adorable. He was my inspiration for growing Vegas's face out.


Vegas 11/52 by Kat G., on Flickr
I love this photo. He looks like he is smiling.
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