Don’t be stuck in 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 and their high level of elegance as shown during dog shows. But which are the most popular and at the same time the lowest maintenance cuts for poodle owners?

The lion cut, modern cut, or puppy cut are some of the most popular poodle haircuts. If you are looking for something low maintenance, you should definitely look into the summer cut, the short cut, or the Miami cut for your poodle.

Here is a more detailed list with images of the most popular and best poodle haircuts you can get for your furry friend. The decision of which grooming style you like more is totally up to you!

10 Best Poodle Cuts and Hairstyles in 2022

1. Lion Poodle Haircut ( Continental Cut)

lion cut

The lion cut, otherwise known as the continental clips, is perhaps one of the most popular Poodle haircuts that most owners will choose for their canine friends for daily life and show rings. It is elegant in its own right, and it can be easy for you to achieve this cut on your Poodle. According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), this is the official Poodle haircut with pompoms and is one of the two acceptable poodle haircuts for Dog Shows.

The main features of the cut are that most parts of the dog’s limbs are trimmed, leaving the paws, head and stomach 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. This hairstyle is difficult in grooming and you need to brush it quite often to keep pom-poms looking nice.

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2. Modern Cut

modern cut

For owners who are more into modernized trends, the modern cut seems to be a good choice for your Poodle. Considered 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 haircut 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

puppy poodle cut

The puppy cut is perhaps more suitable for toy and miniature 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 poodles than on 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. 

4. Dutch Cut

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 (Puppy Clip)

teddy bear poodle cut

The Teddy Bear Cut is very popular due to its cutesy cut and suites a lot for toy and miniature poodles. 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 a 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

town and country poodle cut

This type of cut is more popular in the U.S. than in 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.

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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, and trimming the legs to look like cylinders. The hair on the head and on the tail needs to be rounded. This type of cut can be easily achieved at home. 

7. Short hair – Low Maintenance Cut

short hair poodle

If you are tired of poodle’s hair all over your house and clothes there is a popular cut for your friend 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 a professional groomer to achieve this cut. Also, the short haircut 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 – Short Poodle Hairstyle

summer poodle cut

The summer cut is pretty much similar to the short haircut. 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 haircut, and it is also extremely popular in countries that experience the four seasons. With some more left round-shaped hair on their head, it will be something similar to a lamb cut.

9. Ponytail Cut

ponytail poodle 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 long hairs 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 which is actually a simple topknot! 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

miami poodle cut

The Miami cut or Miami clip 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. This hairstyle looks awesome at standard poodles.

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There are a few more cuts are available for poodles like German cut, English saddle cut, cupcake cut, bikini cut, Scandinavian cut, Modified continental, and European cut. All of these hairstyles are cute as well but count as old-fashioned nowadays.

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!

Frequently Asked Questions:

What happens if you don’t cut Poodles?

If you don’t trim your poodle once every couple of months, his coat will continue to grow, and after a while, your dog will look like a big shapeless ball of wool. In addition, their coat will become tangled even with regular brushing and will interfere with proper temperature regulation, cause skin irritation, harbor parasites such as fleas, and cause the dog severe discomfort, odor and pain.

Are there different types of poodle hair?

According to the AKC (American Kennel Club), there is only one type of poodle coat. But the coat of a puppy is different from the coat of an adult dog. Like any other living being, they may not be exactly the same type of fur. Some of them are more or less curly or even wavy. Some have more puppy hair, some have less.

Why do you shave Poodle feet?

Shaving your Poodle’s paws keeps poodles from bringing dirt and dust into your home. It is important to properly shave the inside of any dog’s pads so that thorns and foxtails do not get caught on the coat and paws. Also in winter, small snowflakes can form on the hair between the pads, causing pain when walking.

Why do you cut Poodles so weird?

There are several different opinions about this. Some cynologists are sure that poodles acquired their distinctive features due to professional necessity. The poodle’s thick, cotton-like fur is sure to weigh him down when wet and can cause problems when swimming or when it rains. Other experts believe that fancy haircuts came from the French nobility in the 18th century, and haircuts have remained a tradition for that time and culture.

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Hi! I'm Anna and I´m a certified cynologist (KAU, ACW). Expert, 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".