10 Haircuts for Poodles

By Josie F. Turner, Journalist specialized in Animal Welfare. Updated: May 13, 2018
10 Haircuts for Poodles

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The poodle is undoubtedly one of the most popular dogs when it comes to trying out different haircuts and hairstyles thanks to the volume of its curly coat. Their coats' softness and hypoallergenic quality - besides their remarkable intelligence - make it one of the most popular dogs for professional dog groomers.

Do you live with a Toy Poodle, a Miniature Poodle, a Standard Poodle, a Giant Poodle, or a poodle crossbreed? The 10 haircuts we have compiled at AnimalWised can work wonders regardless of your pet's size or coat color.

Whether finished off with scissors or a machine, it's always advisable to go to a professional if you're not sure how to do it. Keep reading and find out the best 10 haircuts for poodles:

You may also be interested in: 10 Haircuts for a Yorkshire Terrier

1. Lion cut

The lion cut is probably the best known and most extravagant of all the poodle haircuts. The dog's limbs are hairless, with only a pompom around the front and back paws. The tail should be rounded off and the chest, stomach and head should be left with hair. It is the most widely used haircut in competitions and dog shows where is is also known as the Continental cut. Its elaborate style makes it impressive, but also takes a lot of time and effort (not to mention experience) to get right.

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10 Haircuts for Poodles - 1. Lion cut

2. English saddle cut

The English cut is very similar to the lion cut.The difference lies in an additional pompom on the hind legs, and the pelvic area being left at the same length as the chest.

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10 Haircuts for Poodles - 2. English saddle cut

3. Dutch cut

The Dutch cut is one of the most popular in dog contests and expositions. Unlike previous styles, this one is for those who are looking for a uniform style with no differences in length of the dog's coat. It's notable above all for the tail ending in a funny pompom. In the UK, this is referred to as the ‘sporting’ cut in the British Kennel Club.

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10 Haircuts for Poodles - 3. Dutch cut

4. Modern cut

The modern cut for poodles is probably the most suitable for owners who love following recent trends and enjoy watching canine beauty competitions. This is also known as the Scandinavian cut or European cut in some sectors, especially in the United States of America.

It seeks to achieve a careful and professional finish, without being as exaggerated as the aforementioned styles. It is an aesthetic cut, yet at the same time it is very natural. It follows the shape of the body, emphasizing the ears and tail as much as the head.

10 Haircuts for Poodles - 4. Modern cut

5. Puppy cut

The puppy haircut is very popular among most small dog breeds, such as Yorkshire Terriers or West Highland White Terriers.

This is a very trendy cut for Miniature Poodles, and it isn't difficult to work out why: This haircut really makes your poodle look like a puppy. This style doesn't aim to achieve a defined or sharp-looking finish. On the contrary, the fur should look natural and fresh. The American Kennel Club claims there should be a pompom on the end of the tail.

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10 Haircuts for Poodles - 5. Puppy cut

6. Summer cut

Many dog owners wonder if it's bad to give their dogs a haircut during the summer. Not all dogs should follow the example of the poodle, which is a breed that adapts perfectly to different haircuts.

Summer is a hot period that makes your beloved poodle get dirtier than usual - especially if you take it to the beach or go for a walk in the woods. Therefore, giving it a summer cut is a good idea: You will help to keep it cool while achieving some interesting aesthetic finishes, as shown below.

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10 Haircuts for Poodles - 6. Summer cut

7. Cupcake cut

This haircut is not very well known, possibly because of how strange the poodle looks once it is done. The cupcake cut is notable for leaving the ears absolutely rounded as a result of being thoroughly styled.

It is also notable for the shape of its head - which ends in a point - which bears a clear resemblance to a delicious muffin.

Image from huxtablethepoodle.blogspot:

10 Haircuts for Poodles - 7. Cupcake cut

8. Teddy bear cut

The teddy bear cut is increasingly popular among long-haired dog breeds. This finish must be done with scissors, and it requires hands with experience in styling poodles.

The hair should be left mid-length so that the poodle's curls can be seen clearly. This gives a sweet and rounded finish which makes it look like a bear, as the name suggests.

Make sure you know how often to bathe a poodle in order for their fur to look gorgeous at all times.

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10 Haircuts for Poodles - 8. Teddy bear cut

9. Town and country cut

This type of hair cut is increasingly popular in the United States, where it's known as the "town and country" cut.

Its defining feature is that it leaves the legs hairy and cylinder-shaped. The body hair, on the other hand, is cut shorter, which accentuates the density of the leg hairs. The head and ears have a rounded finish.

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10 Haircuts for Poodles - 9. Town and country cut

10. Short hair

While it's not very common to see a short-haired poodle, it remains an aesthetic option that will avoid knots, tangles and dirt building up in its coat. It is a good option for those who can't go to the dog stylist as often as they would like to.

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10 Haircuts for Poodles - 10. Short hair

Send us a photo of your dog!

Do not forget to share your poodle's haircut in the comments so that others can get inspired. Thank you for visiting AnimalWised!

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Kathryn Magnotto
Very helpful in deciding which hair style fits your Poodle. Thank you for the details
Administrador AnimalWised
You are very welcome, feel free to post a photo if you are having any of them done to your Poodle!
I hope you can see all those photo. If not I am not sure the aspect required.
Administrador AnimalWised
Hi Molly,

Unfortunately we cannot. Can you try again, perhaps with a smaller file size?
Veronica Merkel
Two of the dogs are older 13 and 14 years, they have short clips, the puppy is 17 weeks and has a mild puppy clip, short nose, feet and neck, plus a small bottom clip and tail shaft.
Administrador AnimalWised
What an incredible job!
Jay Someone
I Googled this and used it to show our groomer what type of cut we wanted. She looked at it and then cut our Tootsie's hair in that style. Boom. I am unsure what other people here want from a style? It's like arguing over whether that bit of beard under the lip is called a soul patch or jazz patch. Who cares?!
What style did you get your poodle cut? I love poodle so much :)
It's a really very good post related to hairstyle, All these hairstyles are amazing which guides everyone, it gives such a great information which is very helpful. thanks for sharing such grate ideas.
Administrador AnimalWised
Thank you ChillyBuz!
This is such a nice post
Terri Ferrier
did the writer not think to consult with a real professional groomer before writing this article? and where did those godawful photos of the grooms come from?
Administrador AnimalWised
Hi Terri,

We have already addressed the issue of different approaches to Poodle grooming in the comments below. These cuts and styles are confirmed by professionals, but there is an issue with a lack of standardization among groomers in terms of naming them. We are a supportive community of animal lovers here, so please restrict your comments to those of the helpful or constructive kind.
Here's my mini silver poodle in "The Miami Clip" very easy to maintain, short cut, nice clean face, just ankle bracelets, tail pom, head puffed and ears one length. I've had my favorite clip "The Continental Clip" but it was a lot of effort to maintain.
I love this cut. My Bibi loves it too!
Mimi has a lamb cut
Administrador AnimalWised
And how adorable she looks, thank you for sharing!
Liam Neal
I looked these different poodle cuts online and they all seem to be correct! I think the photos are very useful, i’m confused to what the problem is?
Geoff Rance
There defintitely is a puppy cut! It's the standard for AKC showing for younger dogs. The rest of the cuts seem to be correct as far as I can tell and some groomers will just use different terminology.

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