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What's Up With Poodle Haircuts?

The elaborate haircut of the poodle you're likely familiar with originated in the late 16th century. This fancy haircut helped the dogs retrieve wild game hunted near the water. Their bottom halves were shaved to improve buoyancy, the chest and joints were warmed by unshaved hair, and a bare face kept hair out of the eyes and mouth of the dogs.

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