Teddy Bear Cut for Poodles Black

Teddy Bear Cut for Poodles Black

  • Today the trend seems to be that most people like their puppies in a Teddy Bear Cut.  That adorable little round fluffy face!  You will see poodle puppies with this cut on the website and other puppies with the traditional puppy cut.  The Teddy Bear Cut shows the versatility in the cute looks you can achieve with Poodles.  The Traditional Cut shows the classic beauty of the Poodle face.
  • People might say to me that they want their puppy to have a “short nose”. But upon further discussion, it is not a short nose that they are looking for, it is the style of haircut that gives the illusion that the poodle has a short nose.
  • There is not a special breed of Poodle called Teddy Bear.  Teddy Bear Poodles are the same highly intelligent, highly trainable beautiful companion breed they have always been.  Teddy Bear is simply a hair cut.
Poodle teddy bear cut standard
Poodle teddy bear cut standard

What is a Poodle Teddy Bear Cut?

  • Poodles have been groomed in a variety of ways ever since they became a popular companion and show dog. Poodles originally were hard-working water retrievers and their curly coat was kept short and easy to maintain for hunters. Nobody had time to brush out their Poodle after a long day of duck hunting!
  • Nowadays they rarely work in their original breed’s purpose anymore. Instead, they are beloved companions and show animals. We have time and resources to make them look as cute or fancy as we like!
  • The teddy bear cut is a Poodle or Doodle cut in which the hair is kept at about 1-2 inches long at all parts of the dog’s body, including the face. Traditional Poodle cuts have the face shaved closely to the skin. If shaved, the face looks more serious, regal and show-dog like.
  • In the teddy bear cut however, the hair on the face is left at the same length as on the rest of the body. This softens the face of the dog and makes him look puppy-like – or like a teddy bear. Skilled groomers will be able to shape the coat in a way that it looks very even and smooth and the dog appears to have round features, just like a teddy bear.
Miniature poodle teddy bear cut
Miniature poodle teddy bear cut

How do you give a teddy bear cut?

This cut performs exceptionally well with long, woolly, or thick coats. It provides your toy poodle with a nice-looking tidy coat. Read on to know about the steps that can guide you to perform a toy poodle teddy bear cut.

Gather All the Necessary Materials

The first step for this amazing poodle cut is to assemble all the tools and supplies. They are as follows.

  • Dog Brush – It is to remove tangles and mats from your dog’s coat hair. Generally, 2 types of brushes are used, bristle and slicker.
  • Dog Shampoo – Hypoallergenic dog shampoos are quite useful for your dog, especially for sensitive skin. These shampoos have an alkaline pH to keep your pooch safe.
  • Towel – It is used to dry out your poodle and refrain him/her from catching a cold.
  • Clippers – A clipper set (with blade number 10) and an attachment comb is an essential part of this poodle cut.
  • Dog Conditioner – It minimizes the mats and tangles in your poodle’s coat by keeping it moist.
  • Scissors – You also need good-quality grooming scissors for trimming the hair around the eyes.  It can also be used remove to trim additional hairs from the paw pads.
    NOTE: Scissors are recommended only for experienced owners because they can injure your pet.
  • Grooming Table – It’s optional because you can trim your poodle even without this table. However, it is a valuable investment (if you can afford) because it provides comfort and ensures safety while clipping.
  • Blow Dryer – It is an important grooming tool because drying allows you to get the exact style of your toy poodle.

Brush and Clean the Dog

  • Brushing and cleaning your pooch is a must before giving a toy poodle teddy bear cut. This is because trimming a dirty coat can cause skin infections. Therefore, you should start the grooming process by brushing your canine. Make sure that his/her coat is free from tangles and mats.
  • Once it is done, it’s time to give your poodle a bath to remove the dirt. You can use a basin for a toy poodle to wash him/her. Use a dog shampoo and conditioner to soften the coat and then a towel and a dryer for drying purposes.

Groom the Body

  • Start cutting at the bottom of the skull and clip the neck at each side.
  • Then, cut straight along the middle of the back to the center of the tail.
  • Now, clip over the hindquarters and ensure that you are clipping with the growth of the hair. Use blade 10 and perform trimming all around the abdomen, underarms, and genitals.

NOTE: For perfect results, you can use scissors to neaten up any messy parts.

Clip the Feet and Legs

Simply clip extra hairs on the feet and legs of your dog. Make sure to keep them rounded and uniform in length. Also, try to keep your pup balanced while grooming (or use a grooming table). The hair of the leg should be even with the body hair after cutting. Similarly, you can trim the hair of the tail to get an even length.


It is preferable to use scissors for cutting the hair around the ears. However, novice owners can use a clipper to make the trim. If possible, neaten the hair to a similar length and maintain it with the rest of the coat. Be careful while performing clipping on ears as it is the most challenging task (any carelessness can cause serious injury).


This is the last step of the trim and you should only go for this if you have experience. Otherwise, hire the services of a professional groomer. Use scissors to blend and feather as necessary. But make sure to keep everything smooth and neat. While cutting around your dog’s eye and nose, make sure that these are in the center of the circle.

teddy bear cut goldendoodle
teddy bear cut goldendoodle

How often do you need to give your Poodle a teddy bear cut?

  • If you want your pup to always look freshly groomed, plan to give him a cut every 4 weeks. If you do not mind a bit of a grown-out look, then every 6-8 weeks will also be sufficient.
  • In the beginning you should aim to clip less hair and go slowly. Many owners initially cut off too much hair and are upset that their dog does not look like they envisioned.
  • Of course, that does not mean that you do not need to brush your pup in between. A Poodle or Doodle with a teddy bear cut should be brushed at least 2-3 times a week. If your dog spends a lot of time outside with you or plays wildly with other dogs, you should brush him every day.

What is the difference between a puppy cut and a teddy bear cut?

  • Puppy cuts and teddy bear cuts refer to the same style of cut. It means that the hair is the same length at all parts of the body. Even adult dogs will look puppy-like with this style. The softness of their features appears to be that of a young dog.
  • Owners often get asked how old their puppy is – even if it is an 8 year old dog in a teddy bear cut!

How much does a teddy bear cut cost at the groomer’s?

If you are not ready to try out your own hand at giving your Poodle a teddy bear cut, don’t worry – groomers are well-versed in giving your dog this look! For a small to medium sized pup, expect to pay around $30-$50. The exact price will depend on your area, your dog’s coat as well as how well-maintained his hair is.

(The more tangled and dirty, the more it will cost.)

For a large dog like a Standard Poodle the price might be as high as $80.

Can other breeds have this hair cut?

Yes! The teddy bear cut is very popular among a variety of small breeds with curly hair, such as the Shih Tzu, Bichon Frise, Maltese or Cocker Spaniel or Maltipoo. Below you can see a Bichon with a teddy bear cut:

Best Practices for Dog Grooming

Regardless of the trim that you choose for your Poodle, it’s essential to stay consistent with regular grooming practices. Here are some other things to note as you care for your dog’s appearance. Learning these grooming tips will help ease the process!


Rather than drying them with a potentially damp towel, amp up their softness and curliness by fluff-drying. This process involves blow-drying their coat while combing through it. This can help prevent mats and other skin irritations from developing.


Bathing your Poodle is also an essential practice for good grooming. Poodles can be bathed just about every three weeks. While it may not always be your dog’s favorite activity, a bath will help them smell better and keep their coats and skin healthy and soft. You can invest in a dog grooming tub to make things easier.


Just like any other dog breed, Poodles should be brushed regularly. Especially as their falling hair gets recaught in their coats, it’s important to brush through their coats, whether short or long, regularly. This daily practice can remove excess hair, built-up mats, and other dirt particles that you and your dog don’t want in their coats.

The teddy bear cut is a highly popular cut for Poodles and Doodles. Dogs look adorable with their puppy-like features. In addition to being cute, this cut also is low-maintenance compared to e.g. keeping a Poodle in a show coat.

Your local groomers will be happy to give your pup this cut. If you want to try it yourself, don’t worry: It is not so hard and practice makes perfect. Many Poodle owners learn how to groom at home – over the lifetime of your dog this can save you a lot of money and trips to the groomer.

Edward Hollon is an avid dog lover and writer, knowing all there is to know about our furry friends. Edward has been writing for petdii for three years now, wanting to use her knowledge for good and share everything she can with new dog owners. Edward has two dogs herself - a German shepherd called Banjo and a chocolate labrador called Buttons. Edward knows more than anyone how adjusting to new life with a puppy can turn your life upside down, and she wants to ease some of the burdens through her articles.