You don't *have* to shave their feet and face. I like the look and its WAY easier maintenance wise. They don't have hair on their feet to track mud and muck into the house and their feet wipe clean easier that way. I like the shaved faces for similar reasons. I shave my guys tails down to 1/4" just like their bodies. I like their legs left a little longer, but I do a lot of client dogs in that 1/4" all over. I shave everybody's ears down pretty short. I do a modified German cut. This, but shorter. http://www.poodleforum.com/9-poodle-...rman-trim.html.
If you like the "goldendoodle" look, you can cut a poodle to look like that also. Don't shave the feet, don't shave the face, just do one longer length (generally you'll get the look with 1-2" hair on the body) all over and what we call a "teddy bear head" (google 'goldendoodle teddy bear').
I groom for a living, so I groom everybody myself. Expect a standard poodle to be around $60 and a miniature to be around $45 if you're in the midwest. I imagine it goes up in areas with higher cost of living. Poodle hair WILL mat and you will have to either brush the dog between grooms, or get the dog groomed often enough to prevent matting. I can generally wait about 8wks before the girls start looking like fraggles and start to tangle. My male is a blue and his hair is much softer which means its a whole lot more obnoxious to maintain. In show coat, grooming is a weekly thing. Shaved down in the German cut, he needs to be done once a month. The girls are black and cream and have way better hair than the male. His sucks. I would recommend black or cream if you want low maintenance. Blue, red and chocolate all tend to have much softer, wavy hair (as opposed to curly) that mats more easily than the blacks and creams.
If you want to learn to groom yourself, this is the place to do it. The Notes from the Grooming Table book is regarded as a grooming bible of sorts. http://www.learn2groomdogs.com/groom...rman-trim.html
If you want an adult dog or older puppy, I recommend contacting breeders. A lot of them place retired show dogs for free or close to it. They're usually finished by the time they are 2 or 3. The minis' breeder doesn't ever keep males long term. She'll raise them, show them and then pretty much just give them to a good home when she's done showing them.