8 Poodle Haircuts – From the Jungle to Hollywood

What comes to your mind when you think of poodles? If you’re thinking what we’re thinking, then most likely it’ll be their quirky haircuts. 

Poodles are not only diverse when it comes to their breeds and crossbreeds, but also their appearance too.

Yes, you’ve probably seen many poodles that are stylish, flamboyant, and have their own identity. 

That’s the brilliant thing if you’re a poodle owner; you can choose to have it cut (or not) in certain styles, as you have a lot of soft curly hair to play with.

The truth is, you’re spoilt for choice.

But, you may be wondering, what is the best poodle haircut to get?

Don’t worry; we have you covered in this article with a list of the best poodle haircuts.

Why are Poodles getting haircuts?

Don’t be fooled if you see a range of different poodles flaunting quirky cuts. While some dog owners may be doing it for fashion purposes and others for shows, this has not always been the case. 

Long ago, this breed was once known as a water dog; yes, that means they loved the water. Back then, their hair was shaved so a poodle could become more streamlined, i.e., to swim faster in the water. Other parts of their body, such as their joints and around their chest, was left so they could stay warm.

1. What is the lion cut?

Just like technology, poodle haircuts are evolving; one moment, one may be fashionable, and the next, a haircut may be yesterday’s news. To be honest, there are just so many out there. If we were to compose a whole article, you’d be sat here reading about them for days.

One of the most popular poodle haircuts is the Lion’s haircut. It’s often classed as the lavish type of cut you can get for your poodle. Even Masterpiece the Poodle was trimmed to look like a lion. In this cut, your poodle’s limbs will have no hair. Only pompoms of hair on each paw will remain. Similarly, your poodle will have a round tail and have hair left on its chest and stomach.

If you want your poodle to have a lion cut, we wouldn’t recommend doing it yourself. This type of cut involves a large amount of time, effort, and experience. Therefore if you want your poodle to have a lion cut for a show or just in general, we suggest taking it to a professional groomer.

2. What is the modern cut?

If you want your poodle to be ahead of the trends and in fashion, then the modern cut might be the right one to get. A modern cut can often be referred to as a Scandanavian cut or a European cut, as many poodles in these regions have this type of cut.

Poodle Modern Cut

What’s unique about the modern cut is that it is sleek but at the same time has a natural look to it. The coat matches and follows the shape of the poodle’s body and draws more focus to its tail, head, and ears. 

3. What is the teddy bear cut?

As the name suggests, this type of cut is designed to make your poodle look even cuter like a teddy bear. It’s becoming even more popular with other breeds too, which have long hair. If you ask for this cut from the groomer, they will leave your poodle’s hair at its mid-length.

Poodle Teddy Bear Cut

This is done deliberately to let everyone see your gorgeous poodle’s curls. Similarly, this cut’s finish is rounded, designed to make your poodle look like a teddy bear. 

4. What is the puppy cut?

Certain cuts are better suited to smaller breeds, and the puppy cut is one of them. Many dog owners choose to get this cut for miniature poodles. 

The cut is designed to make your dog look even younger, like a puppy. In particular, it has a natural and fresh looking finish. To round off the puppy cut, your poodle will have a pompom on its tail.

5. What is the town and country cut?

If you see poodles in the United States, you may notice the town and country cut regularly. What’s fantastic about this cut is that it’s suitable for any breed of the poodle. This cut’s unique aspect is that it leaves lots of hair on the poodle’s legs, but it also has a cylinder shape. 

Town And Country Cut

On the contrary, it has shorter hair on its body, which helps make the hairs on its leg look denser and longer. Similarly, it has rounded features on its legs and head.

6. What is the short cut?

Usually, if you see poodles out on the streets, you probably won’t see ones with short hairs. While this may be the case, there are still poodles in the world that have short haircuts. Most of the time, these poodles live in hot countries. The short haircut is practical and prevents knots and tangles from occurring in its coat. 

Poodle Short Cut

Plus, it prevents large amounts of dirt from building up in its hair, also allowing your poodle to become more hygienic. Overall, this type of cut allows you to easily maintain your poodle. However, this cut is not always suitable in cold weather or during the winter season. If you opt for your poodle to have this cut in winter, then cover your poodle with a coat. 

7. What is the cupcake cut?

This type of cut is probably one of the lesser popular hair cuts of the poodle world. As a poodle-owner, you may either love or hate the cupcake cut. Some people tend to think the cupcake cut can look a little strange on poodles.

Poodle Cupcake Cut

This cut’s unique aspects involve rounding the poodle’s ears and causing them to be heavily styled. The top of the head of the poodle finishes in a point, often showing resemblance to a cupcake or a muffin.

8. What is the dutch cut?

Across the world, the dutch cut has been well known on poodles for a few decades now. If you were to live in the 1940s-1950s, you’d find that it was quite vogue for a poodle to have this hairstyle. Today this poodle hair cut is commonly displayed in many shows and contests around the world. 

This coat has a consistent length throughout with no parts of the body with different areas longer or shorter than the other. The poodle has a pompom on the end of its tail, and its legs are puffy. 

In general, the dutch coat is meant to look like the baggy trouser of a dutchman. It’s become that popular that the British Kennel club refers to it as The Sporting Cut.

Do poodles need haircuts in different seasons?

If you own a poodle, you may be wondering if it requires additional effort in terms of grooming around certain seasons. Well, whatever the season is, you should always make an effort to groom your poodle.

However, during the summer season, you may choose to give it a summer cut. This is because the temperature can get incredibly hot and, as a result, cause your poodle to sweat profusely. 

Similarly, in the summertime, you may take your poodle on more frequent walks to the park or the beach, and as a result, their coat can get dirty easily. Therefore, you may wish to take it to a groomergroomer to get an aesthetic looking cut and good for their health.

During the winter season, you should still carry on to groom your poodle. That means frequent brushing and occasionally taking them for a haircut. Do note that you won’t want to remove an excess amount of hair in the winter, as you’ll want to keep them insulated. Therefore just a light trim will often do.

How do you get the ‘right’ poodle cut?

While you may see many different types of poodle cuts online, you can never always be sure you’re getting the ‘right’ poodle cut for your dog. This is because when you take it to a professional groomer, there is no standardized cut for your poodle. 

You will find certain cuts across the world, which can spark a lot of debate and controversy amongst certain groomers. This may be in terms of size, the name of the cut, and the cutting process. 

The best thing we can advise is before you take your poodle to a groomer to look on the internet. You will find lots of blogs, images, and pieces of advice on what hair cuts are trending and is best for your poodle. 

Once you’ve made the decision, find a picture of the poodle haircut you like and print it off. Then take a picture of the poodle haircut to the groomers and show them what hair cut you’d like your poodle to have.

Can I give my poodle a haircut? 

If you choose not to enter your poodle into a show, you don’t need to take it to have a professional cut all the time. You can cut your poodle’s hair yourself. All you need to do is a pair of clippers and scissors. There are plenty of videos on youtube full of instructions to do so.

Final Thoughts

Poodles are a stylish breed, and there are over 40 hairstyles out there. However, depending on where you choose to take your poodle to the groomers, there could be some difference of opinion on certain poodle haircuts.

If you are not entering your poodle for show purposes, you can choose to cut your poodle’s hair yourself. However, irrespective of the time of year, you must frequently groom your poodle, so its hair does not become matted or tangled.

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Marko Is the Founder and Director of Marketing at PoodleHQ. He is a proud owner of 3 generations of poodles, a lifelong canine enthusiast and adores animals of all shapes and sizes!

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