This is Part 1 in a 2-part series of posts on types of Doodle haircuts. This post focuses on overall body styles, while Part 2 focuses on the variations of styles for the head, face, ears, legs, feet, and tail using specific grooming terminology.
Depending on the breed and generation, Doodles can have a variety of coat types. Some may have curls, others may have wavy hair, or something in between. Some may shed a lot, some hardly shed at all. Any which way, if you have a Doodle 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, Doodle haircuts are a necessity.
Doodle hair grows out longer than the average dog. Some even say that it never stops growing, just like a Poodle. And similarly to human hair, fresh haircuts will keep their coats healthy and maintained.
Most Doodles “don’t shed” (much), but you still need to bathe, brush, and give your Doodle haircuts to minimize allergens. All of this is especially important if you or anyone in your home is allergic to pet dander.
As a very important side note: a Doodle being picked up from the groomer sometimes gives us a shock, especially if he 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 them a lot of discomfort. If you aren’t familiar with line brushing, I urge you to watch our tutorial here.
In any case, if you’re going to be getting your Doodle groomed soon, this page is a great visual resource for helping you choose which of the various Doodle haircuts to give them.
Common Doodle Haircuts and Styles
Even though many Doodle owners don’t ever want their Doodle to get “Poodled”, the fact is that most Doodles are genetically 50% or more…Poodle. Typically, Poodles get a clean face and clean feet and the topknot is rounded with scissors. However, there are many different styles of trims for a Poodle.
The listed cuts below are those that first originated for Poodles. However, practically any Poodle cut style can be carried over to Doodles, and variations on the head, feet, and tail can be done by request.
Groomers may have different ideas of what the following types of cuts are. It’s 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 dropping them off at the groomer!
You can also follow along by watching this video:
Doodle Puppy Cut
The puppy cut is a standard, trimmed style that looks great and cute on many breeds of fluffy dogs, including Doodles.
The coat is clipped with a longer blade or clipper guard, or scissored to create a fluffy look. Most often, a puppy cut is when a dog is cut to an even length all over the entire body, including the head, ears, and tail. (The head, face, ears, and tail can all be cut to a different length than the body if requested.)
We say “most often” because definitions of a puppy cut can vary across salons and groomers. As such, be sure to talk to your groomer directly about your specific expectations for a puppy cut.
The puppy cut also leaves gentle layers of hair along the dog’s sides, legs, and feet. The facial hair is cut in rounded, fringed layers. This style of cut is ideal because it helps to minimize matting, tangles, and allergens.
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! Just be sure to clearly communicate what you want to your groomer.
Doodle Teddy Bear Cut
Similar to the puppy cut, the Doodle teddy bear cut leaves your pup with a rounded head resembling – you guessed it – a teddy bear.
Kennel Cut (KC), i.e. Doodle Summer Cut
A kennel cut is technically when a dog is cut to a uniform length over the entire body, and by default comes with a clean face, clean feet, and a topknot.
However, many people use this term loosely to mean an all-over shave down. With a kennel cut, the hair is all-around clipped short. It definitely tends to take the signature Doodle look away until the hair grows out again, but here are a few benefits of the kennel cut:
- Makes for a great summer cut to help keep your pup cool and comfortable.
- Nice for people who don’t want to frequently maintain their Doodle’s hair (brushing, etc.).
- Your Doodle is less likely to collect dirt, bugs, etc. in their hair.
- No hair for poop to get stuck in (yuck!).
- Accentuates a Doodle’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 more examples:
In 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.
A lamb cut is when the body is cut at a longer length. The legs are also left long and fluffy, scissored to blend neatly into the body.
Though the lamb cut is mostly seen on Poodles, Doodles inherently look stylish with it, as well.
Doodle Poodle Cut / “They Poodled my Doodle!” Cut
The Poodle cut is one of the most popular Doodle haircuts. (Albeit, sometimes it’s unsolicited!) While they are especially popular on Poodles, this cut is appropriate for Doodles, too, because, well…they’re part Poodle.
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.
Doodle Lion Cut
The lion cut is most often seen on Pomeranians, but that doesn’t mean they don’t look equally as good on Doodles 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 Doodle, make sure to let your neighbors know that it’s just your dog…and not a real lion!
Doodle Mohawk Cut
Of all the Doodle haircuts, this one is a little more eccentric and free-spirited. If your Doodle is a little rebel, help them 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 or other dog-safe hair dye products!
A GI cut is when everything gets shaved. It is a full strip all over the body including the head, ears, and tail. Many Doodles experience this cut at least once in their life due to bad matting.
Doodle Haircuts: Conclusion
Maybe the look you want for your Doodle doesn’t necessarily have a name. Either way, be sure to bring in photos for the groomer. This is the best way to avoid any miscommunications.
Don’t forget to check out Part 2 of this series for more pictures and variations of styles for the head, face, ears, legs, feet, and tail using specific grooming terminology.
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The information on this page is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional groomer advice. Always seek the advice of your groomer, veterinarian, or other qualified animal health provider with any questions you may have.