What Is A Teddy Bear Haircut? Only The Cutest Cut for Dogs

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You may be wondering what the heck is a teddy bear cut for dogs. Be careful because it’s just about one of the cutest haircuts we have seen! 

white bichon with teddy bear haircut sitting on grass

Any time you run across a picture of a dog that looks like a teddy bear, you can’t help but say “Awww”. These dog haircuts are super cute, no matter what the breed may be. 

That being said, different breeds wear this cut better than others. If you have a dog that has a flatter coat, you may not get the same result as the image you have ingrained in your mind. 

The teddy bear cut is actually one that is low maintenance other than having to take your dog to the groomer. Because their hair is so short you don’t have to worry about as much brushing (and shedding depending on the breed) on a daily and weekly basis. 

What Is A Teddy Bear Cut On A Dog?

While different groomers may advise different lengths for this type of dog hair cut, most of the time their hair or fur is kept to 1 to 2 inches over their entire body

What’s The Difference Between A Teddy Bear Cut And A Puppy Cut?

Honestly, they are pretty much the same doggy haircut. As mentioned, groomers may have their own definition of these cuts, so be sure to ask before they get started. The whole idea is to keep the dog looking cute, like a teddy bear! 

What Dogs Get The Teddy Bear Haircut? 

This is a really popular style for poodles, doodles, pomeranian mixes, Yorkies, and Shih-Tzus. However, you can have your pup groomed however you would like. 

pomerian with teddy bear cut looking up at the camera

At What Age Should A Puppy Get Its First Haircut?

Most groomers like for puppies to be at least 12 weeks old and have had their second set of shots before coming in. 

The sooner you introduce them to the groomer, the better they act as they get older and will be easier to handle when it comes to bath times and trips in the future. It takes them a bit to get used to just like it does with children.

How Much Does the Teddy Bear Haircut Cost? 

This varies drastically depending on your location, the condition of your dog’s fur, how much they have, and individual pricing from groomer to groomer. Normally visits like this can cost anywhere between $30 to $100, depending on the size of the dog. 

It’s also customary to tip your groomer, just as you would your own hairstylist. 

To save a little cash on the haircuts, you can bathe them and comb them before going. 

gray poodle after being groomed with a teddy bear cut

Can You DIY the Teddy Bear Cut? 

If you are seasoned when it comes to trimming your dog, by all means, go ahead. However, if you don’t have any experience, we would say to let the professionals handle it. You will also want to make a trip to the groomer if your dog has never been exposed to having haircuts before. This is for the safety of you and your pup.

There are several special techniques and tools that go into haircuts like the teddy bear. 

First, the dog’s coat must be completely combed, detangled, cleaned (shampooed and conditioned), and dried. It’s best to use a slicker brush and a comb. This is so once you start cutting, the clippers don’t snag and hurt your pup. 

You’ll also need a great set of clippers, probably a cordless version would work the best. There are several attachments you will use so all of the fur blends in naturally. 

You always want to cut according to the direction that the hair is growing. Be careful around their hips and arms so you don’t take too much off leaving them out of proportion. Nearly all groomers start with their sanitary areas and pads, then perform a rough cut. 

Using professional scissors is recommended for the final touches. Most groomers use several different kinds which help to cut certain parts of the body and blend where needed.

Watch a Professional Perform a Teddy Bear Haircut

How Often Are These Haircuts Needed? 

If you don’t mind the grown-out look, your dog can wait 6-8 weeks between visits. But if you want to keep the teddy bear cut looking fresh, it’s recommended to have them groomed every 4 weeks.  

Final Thoughts 

The teddy bear haircut for dogs makes your pup look even cuter than normal! Even though you will have more grooming visits, on a daily basis their coat is much more manageable. While this hairstyle is popular for poodles and doodles, there are many small breeds that can wear this cut well. 

We advise you to let your groomer handle the grunt work until you become seasoned with doggy haircuts. 

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