Black and white illustration of a poodle with a poofy haircut standing inside of an ornate picture frame.


Episode #245

2023-11-24 05:00:59


In the 1950s poodles were all the rage — one tabloid even reported that when a girl “makes the big time she traditionally acquires 3 things — minks, gems, and a poodle.” But one poodle in particular put the breed on the map. His name was Masterpiece… and police in 13 states knew exactly what he looked like.

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Photograph of Masterpiece, the World's Most Valuable Dog.

Masterpiece, the “world’s most valuable dog.” Photo courtesy of the American Kennel Club.

Pulaski feeding Masterpiece on the dining room table, from a plate.

Pulaski and Masterpiece. Photo courtesy of the American Kennel Club.

Masterpiece surrounded by his awards, at a booth with guards flanking him on either side.

Masterpiece and his awards. Photo courtesy of the American Kennel Club.

A magazine clipping with the headline: Now Poodles Get 'People Cuts' — This Versatile Pooch Can Be Clipped to Look Like Another Dog—Or a Person.


A photo of an actress next to her poodle, Cinderella, along with images of three other poodles wearing different hairstyles.

Pulaski’s haircuts. Photo courtesy of the American Kennel Club.