10 Popular Poodle Cuts

different poodle cuts

Don’t be stuck at mediocrity. Dress up your Poodle and let them stand out!

You see, while we all love how majestic the Poodle can look due to their curls, it is too common to see poodles with the same cuts. I mean, we all can agree that the Poodle looks great in their curls as well as their high level of elegance as shown during dog shows.

However, if you would want your Poodle to stand out, you should try to cut them with cuts that are proven to be timelessness. 

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Here are some of the more popular Poodle Cuts that you can consider for your Poodle.

1. Lion Cut

The lion cut, otherwise known as the continental cut, is perhaps one of the most popular Poodle cuts that most owners will choose for their Poodle. It is elegant in its own right, and it can be easy for you to achieve this cut on your Poodle.

The main features of the cut are that most parts of the dog’s limbs are trimmed, leaving only the paws with bobs of fur. The tail is usually rounded, and the lower part of the dog’s body is also trimmed off, leaving a rounded fur at the front of the dog’s body. 

2. Modern Cut

For owners who are more into modernized trends, the modern cut seems to be a good choice for your Poodle. Considered as one of the most elegant Poodle cuts, it involves trimming the fur on your dog’s body based on its contours, henceforth highlighting the curves of your dog’s body.

While the shape is being emphasized, the front legs do spot a straight cut while the rear legs have a cut that resembles the bell-bottom jeans. The tail itself is trimmed to resemble a ball, while the head is nicely elegant with fur that resembles long locks. 

3. Puppy Cut

The puppy cut is perhaps more suitable for toy breeds as compared to the usual full-sized poodles. I guess this is because it will be more aesthetically pleasing to see this cut on the toy-breed than the bigger sized ones. There’s isn’t a specific finish. It just requires the coat to be trimmed while leaving a small rounded blob of fur at the end of the tail. 

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4. Dutch Cut

This is another type of poodle cut that is extremely popular, especially when it comes to expositions or even shows. Again, there is no particular or specific style for this. To achieve the Dutch cut, you will need to trim the coat evenly with only the end of the tail spotting a pompom. This is perhaps one of the easiest cuts to achieve! 

5. Teddy Bear Cut

The Teddy Bear Cut is very popular due to its cutesy cut. It is especially popular for long haired breeds too. However, if you intend to do this on your own, you might find it tough as the teddy bear cut does require a certain degree of experience in cutting dog’s hair.

This particular style does require you to emphasize the dog’s curls, and as such you will need to keep the hair to be just a little bit longer than a trim cut. This allows the dog to look like a bear, which is exactly how it should be with the teddy bear cut! The end result should be appealing enough for you to hug it like a teddy bear. 

6. Town and Country Cut

This type of cut is more popular in the U.S. more than any other country around the world. This is perhaps due to the ease of attaining this cut as well as the low level of maintenance that is required.

To get the town and country cut, you will need to keep the body hair short while keeping the hair on the limbs to be slightly longer than the body hair length. The hair on the head and on the tail needs to be rounded. This type of cut can be easily achieved at home. 

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7. Short hair

This is a popular cut for poodles due to the low level of maintenance that it affords to owners. The hair is trimmed to a short length, and it does have its own benefits.

For one, you do not have to visit the professional groomer to achieve this cut. Also, the short hair cut will help to avoid having tangles on the dog’s coat, which in turn helps to reduce the amount of dirt that gets stuck onto the dog’s coat.

8. Summer cut

The summer cut is pretty much similar to the short hair cut. The difference is that for the summer cut, the hair at the bottom of the legs is intentionally kept long to resemble a bell. The benefits of the summer cut are similar to the short hair cut, and it is also extremely popular in countries that experience the four seasons. 

9. Ponytail cut

This cut is more popular for female poodles than male ones, and the name itself might provide some insights into that. Most female dog owners will like the ponytail cut on the dog to accentuate the dog’s features.

To achieve this look, you will need to trim the hair on the poodle’s face and leave it relatively longer at the ears. Yes, that is how you get the ponytail cut! The hair on the rest of the body can be kept short so as to accentuate the hair on the ears. Try not to tie the hair up yeah?

10. Miami Cut

The Miami cut is voted as one of the most popular cuts for poodle for 2019. The shape does resemble the modern cut. The difference is that instead of a bell-bottom shape, the hair on the legs is shaped like an egg that is hanging just above the claws. The tails are still shaped like a ball with streaks of hair flowing out from the face. It is actually easy to attain this shape. Check out some of the self-guided tutorials on YouTube!

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Hi! I'm Anna and I´m a certified cynologist (KAU, ACW). Handler, blue cross volunteer, owner of Chinese crested kennel "Salvador Dali" and breedless friend called Fenya. "I can't imagine my life without dogs and I totally support the idea #AdoptDontShop".