Known to rival the teddy bear in cuteness and good looks, Goldendoodles can rock many different styles. And with hair that just keeps growing (in fact, it grows out much longer than the average dog’s), it’s a good idea to figure out early which style brings out your doodle’s extra-cute features.
The style you choose will depend on the type of coat your canine is sporting—whether it’s a wavy, straight, or curly coif. Different styles can also complement your pup’s lovely coloring, which for these dogs ranges from black to creamy light brown and white.
Still not sure what kind of locks will look best on your canine? Luckily, we’ve gathered together some hairstyle options to make your decision more informed (and more fun!).
Top Goldendoodle Hairstyles
1. Puppy Cut
This is the cut that you’ll repeatedly see mentioned for many breeds because it looks adorable on all of them! Sometimes called the teddy bear cut for Goldendoodles, this style is essentially an all-over, even-length trim (generally around 1-2 inches), and is wonderful for preventing mats and keeping your dog comfy and stylish.
The puppy cut also offers the opportunity to get creative—you can change the length of hair on the face or the tail. Have some fun with it! If you’re doing the trimming yourself, you’re going to want to invest in some good clippers for the body, and some nice shears for more delicate places like the face.
2. Goldendoodle Poodle Cut
Though this cut is usually done on poodles (duh), it can look really cute on Goldendoodles as well—especially the ones that have super thick curly hair (thanks to those poodle genes). This hairstyle usually consists of short hair on the face, short hair on the body, and that signature fluffy hair on the legs and tail.
Obviously, a cut like that requires more upkeep, so it might not be a good fit if you’re looking for something more low maintenance. But if you want your pup to look chic, then this classic style might be the right one for you—though you probably want to find a professional groomer to keep them looking stellar.
3. Kennel Cut
Looking for something that’ll help keep your dog cool during those hot summer months? The Kennel Cut is an excellent way to keep your dog’s fur short and stylish. With this cut, your dog’s hair is cut relatively close to their body—which means less brushing for you.
It’s definitely not the classic teddy bear Goldendoodle look, but it’s cute and easy to maintain, plus it keeps dirt, bugs, and tangles at bay. You’re going to want to invest in a good pair of clippers for this one—and maybe some special round grooming shears so you can easily clip any hair that starts to grow back and irritate your dog’s eyes.
4. Lamb Cut
If you’re feeling adventurous and looking for a doggy haircut that’s a little more stylin’, the Lamb Cut just may be your cup of tea. Also popular for poodles, these trendy tresses can take things up a notch but are also fairly easy to maintain.
For this cut, the body hair is clipped to an even inch all over, and the hair on the legs is kept longer. Then scissors are used to trim everything else up, allowing you some freedom to decide how long the hair on the face, tail and other parts should be—usually the hair on the head is left full and round.
However you decide to groom your Goldendoodle, they’re going to look fantastic—and you’ll be happy once you find the right style that fits in with your family (and budget, and free time, etc.). Happy clipping!
Does your dog dislike being brushed?
Many dogs love to be brushed, but not all do. And unless they got a lot of practice with it as puppies, they may be suspicious when you first introduce them to the brush. Approaching brushing slowly, with positive, non-threatening interactions, is more likely to result in a smoother grooming routine. Here’s how to get your dog to accept—and perhaps even enjoy—brushing:
- Before you even set brush to fur, let your pup make friends with the tool. Start by placing the brush on the ground and throwing high-value treats around and on top of it, encouraging your dog to investigate the funny new object at their speed.
- The simple act of reaching for your dog with the brush can be scary for some dogs. Next, work on reaching out with the brush to very lightly touch your dog’s body with the edge of the bristles. Each time you reach out with the brush, immediately follow it with a high-value treat. Be sure to take extra care (and time, if needed) when brushing around the ears, legs, and genitals.
- When your dog is comfortable with step 2, move on to brushing the fur. Start lightly, alternating each stroke with a reward. Over time, work your way up to pressing more firmly and brushing for several strokes in a row.
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