When I was ten years old my parents bought me my first dog. It was a Toy Poodle, because (as Mom said) Poodles don't shed. I named him "Fluffy." From that point on, I've had a strong love for Poodles.
I've been told that Poodles "aren't real dogs" and that they're hyper and yappy. No, no, no, no. This breed is incredibly smart, playful and loving.
Originally bred as gun dogs, Poodles soon became beautiful elegant companions for the glamorous and creative community as well as the Royals.
When we bought our dog Vito (as in Vito Corleone from The Godfather--he's a fierce little guy), it was instant love. I thought it would be funny if he could dance the "Can-Can," but that didn't go over too well. Shouldn't a French Poodle be able to dance?
I'll admit, I'm not terribly fond of the "topiary" Poodle clip. There are so many cute clips, so Vito sports a "puppy cut."
Both Madame de Pompadour and Marie Antoinette had beautiful Miniature Poodles.
Even Dame Elizabeth Taylor owned Poodles!
What breed is more fashionable than the Poodle, huh? (insert laughing out loud)
No other dog can match their uniqueness-- their prancing paws, perhaps a bit of an attitude sometimes. Poodles always remain my favorite breed. Now let's have a bit of brie, shall we?
images: Vogue Italia 2009, Vogue US March 1999, Vogue US July 2007, Vogue Italia 2002, Americana Manhasset Fall/Winter 2006, Vanity Fair September 2010, Vogue Nippon August 2008, Renee Zellweger by Ellen von Unwerth, Elizabeth Taylor photos, Creative Pro, Gherkins & Tomatoes