The puppy cut is one of the more popular haircuts for dogs. But it can mean different things to different groomers. If you simply ask for a “puppy cut,” the groomer will likely want to learn more before they get out their scissors and shears.

Let’s take a look at what this type of style is and some of the advantages it provides for your pooch.

Puppy Cut 101

The puppy cut is originally associated with poodles. It’s the name given to the type of haircut many show poodles receive before a contest.1

Many groomers believe the puppy cut means cutting fur at the same length over the entire body. But what about your pup’s ears, tail, and head? Is it all one length, or does a groomer leave a few inches of length?

Talking to Your Groomer

When you go to your favorite groomer and tell them you want a puppy cut, you’ll need to realize there’s no one way to define it.

In most cases, a groomer will interpret this type of cut to mean trimming the fur about an inch or two throughout the entire body – including the tail, ears, and head.

Puppy Cut | Dr MartySome people view a puppy cut as being a short cut, while others believe it should leave a dog’s fur looking fluffy and full.

Discussion Tips

So, before you bring your dog in for a puppy haircut, it’s important to make sure both you and the groomer have the same idea of how you want your pooch to look. Here are a few tips on what to discuss before the groomer breaks out the shears.

1. First, take into consideration the texture of your dog’s coat. Haircuts for dogs with thin coats will look shorter than dogs with thicker coats – even if the length of the clipper blade is the same.

2. Be specific as to how you want the fur on your pet’s head to be cut.

3. Let the groomer know how much fur you want to be left on your dog’s feet, legs, tail, and body.

4. If your dog’s ears are floppy, talk about the length you want them to be.2

As you can see, it’s not enough to simply say you want a puppy cut. You want to make sure you and your groomer are completely in sync before the haircut begins.

Benefits of a Puppy Cut

Now, a puppy cut can be performed on just about any breed. And it does have its advantages.

  • A shorter coat is easier to maintain.
  • Shorter hair means less shedding, so you won’t have to worry as much about fur accumulating in your home.
  • It helps eliminate mats that can leave your dog uncomfortable.

Benefits for Specific Breeds

Puppy Cut | Dr MartyCertain breeds may benefit even more from a puppy cut. For example, it can help a Shih Tzu puppy’s fur from tangling – which can lead to overheating during hot weather. The Shih Tzu puppy cut can help you avoid having to brush your pet several times a week.3

If you have a Yorkshire Terrier, a Yorkie puppy cut is a great way to keep your pooch cool and comfortable when the weather turns warm. This helps to ensure a good amount of air flow around your dog’s skin.4

A poodle puppy cut usually results in the dog’s face, neck, and throat being clean-shaven. This is a popular cut for poodle owners because of the way it looks. A poodle cut will usually involve shaving the tail (except for the tip). This gives the “pom-pom” look characteristic of poodles.5

Puppy Cut | Dr MartyThe “Teddy Bear” Look

A Havanese puppy cut is beneficial, even though this breed doesn’t shed a whole lot. A short puppy clip will help you avoid having to brush your Hava’s fur as often. When done correctly by a professional, this Havanese cut can make your pooch look like an adorable teddy bear.6

Why You Should Regularly Groom Your Dog

Whether you choose a puppy cut or any other kind of hairstyle, it’s important that you have your dog groomed on a regular basis. Grooming not only helps your dog look great, but it can also help protect their health as well.

Grooming can help make sure your dog’s paws don’t have any sort of thorns that can lead to cuts or even an infection. It can also alert you to any potential problems, such as rashes, bleeding, lumps, or discolored skin.

Having your dog groomed regularly can also reveal any kinds of parasites that might be on your dog’s skin, such as fleas or mites.7

Pampering Your Pup

Now, there are a lot of reasons why you should consider a puppy cut for your beloved pet. It will not only keep your pooch looking their best, but it will also provide other benefits you might not have even considered.

Just make sure you take the time to thoroughly spell out exactly what you want before the groomer begins. If you and the groomer are both on the same page, that greatly increases the chances that everyone’s happy once the haircut is complete.

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