Poodles have hair rather than fur. The hair rarely sheds, making them ideal for those with dog allergies. Poodles should be brushed daily since their coats mat easily.
Regular haircuts are needed to prevent the hair from forming into long, heavy cords. Poodles can be clipped in a wide variety of styles, including the Lion Clip, the Continental Clip and the English Saddle Clip. These haircuts served a functional purpose when poodles were used to retrieve birds from the water. Most poodles today are groomed into simple styles such as the Puppy Clip, in which the hair is cut short over the entire body.