Most Poodle and Doodle owners choose the breed at least in part for their non-shedding and hypoallergenic characteristics. Who doesn’t want to enjoy the love and company of a four-legged friend without ever having to worry about vacuuming and finding hair on all clothes?
As every Doodle owner knows though, this non-shedding does not equal no-maintenance! A Poodle’s and Doodle’s hair is always growing, and it needs regular grooming to stay clean, soft and without mats and tangles.
Today we want to look at one of the most popular cuts for Poodles: The adorable Teddy Bear Cut.
Teddy bear cuts are similar to puppy cuts in that they involve an even cut around the whole body.The only difference is that they’re geared more towards curly-haired dogs like Poodles, Labradoodles, Goldendoodles, and any other -oodle you can think of!
Benefits of Giving Your Dog a Short Haircut:
You have less than 10 minutes per day to brush out your pets hair, every day.
Your yard has many stickers, leaves, shrubs, bare dirt, or other issues.
Your dog has a skin condition that would benefit from getting lots of exposure to air.
Your dog constantly defeats your brushing efforts with excessive rolling and digging.
Its hot outside, and short hair is really the only humane option.
If his hair hasnt been brushed well in the recent past and hes covered in mats, it may be a long and painful process to try and brush them out. It would be better to just shave the matted hair off.
Arguments for Long and Short Haircuts
To help you mentally prepare for your pets haircut and decide which style to ask for, ask yourself the following questions:
Is there anything about my dogs current haircut that looks uncomfortable for him? Are there mats on his legs or behind his ears? Is the hair hanging in his eyes? Is poop stuck to his butt?
Is his hairstyle practical for our lifestyle, our house/yard, and my available maintenance time?
In regards to the second question, check to see if the following applies.
Can other breeds have this hair cut?
Yes! The teddy bear cut is very popular among a variety of small breeds with curly hair, such as the Shih Tzu, Bichon Frise, Cocker Spaniel or Maltese or Maltipoo. Below you can see a Bichon with a teddy bear cut:
What is the difference between a puppy cut and a summer cut?
The teddy bear cut is a Poodle or Doodle cut in which the hair is kept at about 1-2 inches long at all parts of the dog’s body, including the face. Traditional Poodle cuts have the face shaved closely to the skin.
What is a teddy bear trim?
The puppy cut is another short style, although it’s longer than a summer cut. The dog’s hair is cut to the same length all over his body, including his face, legs, and tail. The length varies according to the owner’s taste, but is usually between one and two inches long.