Depending on their generation, they may have curls, wavy hair, or something in between. Any which way, if you have a goldendoodle you know how irresistibly adorable they are. And even though you may want to keep that face oh-so-fluffy and teddy bear-like for ever and ever, occasional goldendoodle haircuts are a necessity. (#SadFace, I know.)
Goldendoodle hair grows out longer than the average dog – up to 7 inches long, in fact. And just like with human hair, fresh haircuts will keep their hair healthy and maintained. Most goldendoodles don’t shed much, but you still want to bathe and give your goldendoodle haircuts to minimize allergens, especially if you or anyone in the house is allergic to animals.
As a very important side note, a doodle being picked up from the groomer sometimes gives us a shock, especially if the doodle was completely shaven down without our consent. As doodle parents we must be extra mindful about the nature of our doodles’ hair, and that if not properly maintained, it will mat up and cause the dog a lot of discomfort. If you aren’t familiar with line brushing, I urge you to watch our tutorial.
In any case, if you’re considering getting your goldendoodle groomed, this is a great visual resource for helping you choose which of the various goldendoodle haircuts to give her.
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Types of Goldendoodle Haircuts
Note: Different groomers may have different ideas of what the following types of cuts are, so it’s probably best to show your groomer a picture of exactly what you want to avoid any misunderstandings. If any of these pictures represent what you want your doodle to look like, be sure to bookmark this page for easy access when you’re dropping off your pup at the groomer!
Puppy Cut / Teddy Bear Cut
The puppy cut, also known as a teddy bear cut, is a standard, trimmed style that looks great and cute on many breeds of fluffy dogs, including the goldendoodle.
The style is basically an all-over, even-length trim that leaves gentle layers of hair along the dog’s sides, legs, and feet. The facial hair is cut in rounded, fringed layers. A puppy cut is ideal because it helps to minimize matting, tangles, and allergens.
Also worth noting, is that the face, ear, and tail hair can all be cut to a different length than the body with a puppy cut. See the pictures below for some examples.
Finally, there is no standard length that determines a puppy cut, so it’s up to you on how long or short you want your pup’s hair to be. It’s whatever you think is cute, so be sure to communicate what you want clearly to your groomer (or to yourself if you’ll be doing the grooming)!
Kennel Cut (My Favorite of the Goldendoodle Haircuts)
With a kennel cut, the hair is all-around clipped very short. It definitely tends to take the signature goldendoodle look away until the hair grows out again, but here are a few benefits of the kennel cut:
- Makes for a great summertime haircut to help keep your pup cool and comfortable.
- Nice for people who don’t want to frequently maintain their goldendoodle’s hair (brushing, etc.).
- Your goldendoodle is less likely to collect dirt, bugs, etc. in their hair.
- No hair for poop to get stuck in (yuck!).
- Accentuates a goldendoodle’s beautiful physique.
As with the puppy cut, you can do different hair lengths on the face, ears, and tail while the body is kept really short. Here are some examples:
In my own goldendoodle Chloe’s younger years, she would get puppy cuts a lot. But now that she’s older she almost exclusively gets a kennel cut every three to four months.
Thinking about grooming your doodle yourself?
Goldendoodle Lamb Cut
The lamb cut is mostly seen on poodles. But since goldendoodles have poodle blood, they inherently look stylish with the lamb cut, as well.
Here’s a poodle with a lamb cut:
And here’s a goldendoodle with a lamb cut:
I personally haven’t ever done a lamb cut on Chloe since it’s not really
my her style, but it’s definitely among the options of goldendoodle haircuts.
Goldendoodle Poodle Cut a.k.a. “They Poodled my Doodle!” Cut
The poodle cut is one of the most popular goldendoodle haircuts. (Albeit, sometimes it’s unsolicited!) While they are especially popular on poodles, this cut is appropriate for goldendoodles, too, because many also have thick, curly hair.
Although there are many varieties of the cut, the typical poodle cut generally trims the hair around the belly and face. The legs, ears, and tail are left with a thick, fluffy appearance.
I’ll be honest – we did the poodle cut on Chloe once and it’s my opinion that she aged about 60 years with that haircut!
Goldendoodle Lion Cut
The lion cut is most often seen on pomeranians, but that doesn’t mean they don’t look equally as good on goldendoodles or other dogs with long, thick hair.
As you can imagine, the goal of the lion cut is to make the dog resemble a lion. This is done by shaving the hair on the back of the body and legs down to as short as possible. You also leave “poms” around the tip of the tail and feet. The hair on the front half of the body is also left long to resemble a lion’s mane.
Side note: If you decide to do a lion cut on a tan goldendoodle, make sure to let your neighbors know that it’s just your dog…and not a real lion.
Goldendoodle Mohawk Cut
Of all the goldendoodle haircuts, this one is a little more eccentric and free-spirited. If your doodle has such a personality, help her show it off with an unconventional haircut – a mohawk! A mohawk cut entails a kennel cut on the entire body, leaving a vertical strip of hair on the head that extends down the back at various lengths.
For an added wow factor, try dyeing the mohawk with totally-safe, non-toxic Kool Aid!
Other Styles of Goldendoodle Haircuts
Or maybe the look you want for your doodle doesn’t necessarily have a name. Here are some examples of other goldendoodle haircut styles for inspiration.
Which goldendoodle haircuts are your favorite? Have you tried any of these on your goldendoodle?