Doodle Haircuts Huge Collection of Pictures for #Inspo! (Part 1)

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. In this article, we talk about the different types of Doodle haircuts along with tons of pictures to inspire your dog’s next visit to the salon. Let’s get into it!

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Why Doodles Need Haircuts

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. And even though most Doodles “don’t shed” (much), 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 they were completely shaven down without our consent. As Doodle parents we must be EXTRA mindful about the nature of our Doodles’ coats, 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.

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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 haircut style can be carried over to Doodles, and modifications/variations on the head, feet, and tail can be done by request.

By the way, different groomers will have different ideas of how the following types of haircuts should be. Don’t just rely on the name of the haircut style – it’s best to show your groomer a picture of exactly what you want to avoid any misunderstandings. (In fact, many groomers who’ve contributed photos to this page suggested removing haircut style names altogether to prevent misunderstandings at all.)

Basically, if any of the pictures linked on this page represent what you want your Doodle to look like, be sure to show it to your groomer!

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.

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 typically 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.)

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.

More Doodle Puppy Cut Photos

Simply click on the links below to view photo examples of the Doodle Puppy Cut.

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Aussiedoodle Puppy Cut@groomedbybrooklyn
Aussiedoodle Puppy Cut@charlieaussomedoodle
Bernedoodle Puppy Cut@kw.grooms
Bernedoodle Puppy Cut@dirtydoggroomingsalon
Bernedoodle Puppy Cut@xeothebernedoodle
Cavapoo Puppy Cut (Before and After)@cavapootwins_
Cavapoo Puppy Cut (Before and After)@dashingdogsaz
Doodle Puppy Cut@doggroomingbyallie
Doodle Puppy Cut (Before and After)@aggys_in_a_lather
Doodle Puppy Cut (Before and After)@muttcutts.lex
Goldendoodle Puppy Cut@wgbgreenville
Havapoo Puppy Cut@russell_the_havapoo
Labradoodle Puppy Cut (Before and After)@labradoodle_morris
Maltipoo Puppy Cut@mamoholiczka
Sheepadoodle Puppy Cut@mabeltheesheepadoodle
Shihpoo Puppy Cut@teddy_the_shihpoo_star
Shihpoo Puppy Cut@simba_themachoshihpoo

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.

The teddy bear cut is similar to the puppy cut, but the teddy bear cut leaves your pup with a much more pronounced and rounded face. The teddy bear look is a bit more advanced compared to the puppy cut, so if you’re a DIY groomer, it’ll take some practice to perfect.

Again, you can either keep the hair on the body shorter or longer. However, there should be a distinctive difference between the hair on the body and the rounded facial hair. After all, the goal is to achieve a true teddy bear look. 

More Doodle Teddy Bear Cut Photos

Simply click on the links below to view photo examples of the Doodle Teddy Bear Cut.

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Australian Labradoodle Teddy Bear Cut@marajserpa
Goldendoodle Teddy Bear Cut@nmd_groomss
Cavapoo Teddy Bear Cut@elly.scissorhands
Doodle Teddy Bear Cut@elly.scissorhands
Goldendoodle Teddy Bear Cut@jessbrown_grooming
Bernedoodle Teddy Bear Cut@modernavepetparlor
Bernedoodle Teddy Bear Cut@ryder_thebernedood
Bernedoodle Teddy Bear Cut@winnie.thedood.le
Labradoodle Teddy Bear Cut@zoey.the.labradoodle
Labradoodle Teddy Bear Cut@theyellowpawgrooming
Cockapoo Teddy Bear Cut@cockapoo_lolapaterson
Cockapoo Teddy Bear Cut@kona.minicockapoo
Cockapoo Teddy Bear Cut@goodboibuster_
Aussiedoodle Teddy Bear Cut@vancouverboomer
Aussiedoodle Teddy Bear Cut@pennytheaussiedood
Maltipoo Teddy Bear Cut@fumi_doggroomer
Sheepadoodle Teddy Bear Cut@drwatsonthesheepadoodle
Sheepadoodle Teddy Bear Cut@longisland_lovespets

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 (unless otherwise requested). 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.

Types of goldendoodle haircuts - Goldendoodle puppy cut teddy bear cut with short face
Doodle with an even-length kennel cut across the body, face, and ears.

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.

More Doodle Kennel/Summer Cut Photos

Simply click on the links below to view photo examples of the Doodle Kennel/Summer Cut.

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Sheepadoodle Kennel/Summer Cut@rosettathesheepadoodle
Bernedoodle Kennel/Summer Cut@bentley.thebernedoodle
Bernedoodle Kennel/Summer Cut@statler_the_bernedoodle
Labradoodle Kennel/Summer Cut@remi_labradoodle
Cockapoo Kennel/Summer Cut@buzzingbeans
Aussiedoodle Kennel/Summer Cut@harlowandeverett
Aussiedoodle Kennel/Summer Cut@murphy_bear_ausomedoods
Sheepadoodle (Before and After) Kennel/Summer Cut@sharkadoodle_official
Maltipoo Kennel/Summer Cut@sonyasmile
Yorkiepoo Kennel/Summer Cut@brooketharpgrooming
Schnoodle Kennel/Summer Cut@furkidsgrooming
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Lamb Cut

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 as though each leg is one straight column. Though the lamb cut is mostly seen on Poodles, Doodles inherently look stylish with it, as well.

poodle lamb cut photo
A Poodle sporting a lamb cut.

More Doodle Lamb Cut Photos

Simply click on the links below to view photo examples of the Doodle Lamb Cut.

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Bernedoodle Lamb Cut@furnpawsbyjess
Bernedoodle Lamb Cut@furnpawsbyjess
Goldendoodle Lamb Cut@thedood_maverick
Goldendoodle Lamb Cut@groomedbybrooklyn
Sheepadoodle Lamb Cut@refurrection
Yorkiepoo Lamb Cut@magicalgroomingbynicole
Cavapoo Lamb Cut@doggystylinguk

More 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 poodle cut
Chloe with her first (and last) Poodle cut.

Other Doodle Haircut Styles

Winter or Shaggy Doodle Cut

Photo used with permission. Credit: Dian McGuire

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!

More Doodle Lion Cut Photos

Simply click on the links below to view photo examples of the Doodle Lion Cut.

Instagram Photo Link
Sheepadoodle Lion Cut@phinnstant_noodles
Doodle Lion Cut@westparkah
Goldendoodle Lion Cut@krystinamarieroberts
Doodle Lion Cut@doris_duh_doodle

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!

GI Cut

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.

Photo used with permission. Learn this Doodle’s story here.
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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.

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Which Doodle haircuts are your favorite? Have you tried any of these on your Doodle? Leave a comment below!

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.

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