Puppy Teddy Bear Cut

We frequently get asked “When should I take my puppy to get groomed for the first time?” and “What type of haircut should I ask for to get the perfect teddy bear look?” Since we are not professionals when it comes to grooming we thought we would ask someone who is. We interviewed our grooming artist, TeAnna who is the owner of Ruffledales Pet Resort & Paw Spa and asked her several of those questions.

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:

Puppy Teddy Bear Cut

What is a Poodle Teddy Bear Cut?

Poodles have been groomed in a variety of ways ever since they became a popular companion and show dog. Poodles originally were hard-working water retrievers and their curly coat was kept short and easy to maintain for hunters. Nobody had time to brush out their Poodle after a long day of duck hunting!

Nowadays they rarely work in their original breed’s purpose anymore. Instead, they are beloved companions and show animals. We have time and resources to make them look as cute or fancy as we like!

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. If shaved, the face looks more serious, regal and show-dog like.

In the teddy bear cut however, the hair on the face is left at the same length as on the rest of the body. This softens the face of the dog and makes him look puppy-like – or like a teddy bear. Skilled groomers will be able to shape the coat in a way that it looks very even and smooth and the dog appears to have round features, just like a teddy bear.

Puppy Teddy Bear Cut

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.
  • FAQ

    What is the difference between a puppy cut and a 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!

    What do I tell the groomer for a teddy bear cut?

    Teddy bear and puppy cuts are essentially the same thing. This type of cut generally means one length all over the body and legs. Contrary to popular belief, it does not mean any particular coat length, and there may be quite a bit of variance in opinion from groomer to groomer.

    What length is puppy cut?

    It is better to tell your groomer you want one length all over, and then specify the length you would like. Teddy Bear Cut – like “puppy cut,” the term “teddy bear cut” is used often by dog owners, but does not mean the same thing from groomer to groomer.