The standard poodle is a fine and handsome breed, in its natural state - well-proportioned, with a short and curly coat good for shedding water, helpful in its original role of a hunter’s helper.
The toy poodle, the same dog bred down in size to a ridiculous size, is a different matter - but heck, toy dogs are supposed to be ridiculous. The teacup poodle is the same thing to an extreme.
But why, oh why, do any of the poodle breeds have to tolerate the humiliation of those clownish haircuts? You know what I mean - the hair is left to grow long over the front of the body and most of the head, but the snouts and legs and aft body and tail are clipped back with only cottonball tufts over the paws and the tip of the tail. The hips get those “plumber’s butt things” (see “Best in Show” sometime, it’s hilarious).
Who the hell invented the ridiculous poodle haircut? How the hell did it catch on? If there’s a practical reason, why didn’t any other breeds get it?