With a mixed breed like the Goldendoodle, it may be hard to find the perfect haircut. They don’t have a breed standard per se, but you can still have a little fun. So, In this article, we are going through the best Goldendoodle haircuts and how to achieve them. We even have a few tips at the end to help you relay your dream to your groomer.
Goldendoodle Puppy Cut/Teddy Bear Cut
The most popular of all Goldendoodle haircuts is the teddy bear look. The teddy bear look is achieved by 1-2 inches of hair all over the body. And the head is scissored and rounded to perfection. Most groomers will also trim the ears down to a shorter length. So to finish them off, they will have rounded feet and non-feathered tails.
This look can be achieved with a little practice if you are looking to groom your dog yourself. Scissoring around the eyes and ears can sometimes be challenging. It does take a pro to get it right every time, but you can also learn with practice.
- Easy to maintain
- Can learn from YouTube
- Sometimes scissor work is difficult
The kennel cut is not very flashy or eye-catching, but it serves its purpose. The kennel cut is an all-over shave of your Goldendoodle. The head, body, legs, and tail are all the same length. They might seem a little naked, but this Goldendoodle haircut is the easiest to maintain and DIY. There are no special skills or scissor work needed for this one. Just use clippers to shave down your dog to about 1/4 inch all over.
This cut can save you a lot of time grooming your dog daily. And since it won’t grow back as quickly, they can go longer between cuts. This saves you time and money. They can also be great for Goldendoodles that are very active and spend time outside in the heat. Their hair won’t mat, and they stay fresh and cool.
- Easy DIY
- Less maintenance
- Keeps dogs cool and mat-free
- Not very fancy, but effective
Now the Goldendoodle is only half Poodle, but the Poodle cut can still work! If you have a curly Goldendoodle, this cut will look perfect for them. The Poodle cut includes having a short body, and longer hair on the head, ears, and tail. This next part does take a little practice. You will then use scissors to round the head out and trim the ears and tail. You could attempt to do this Goldendoodle haircut yourself, but it might take several tries to perfect it. However, If you love this cut, it might be best to leave it to a groomer.
- Easy Maintenance
- Can be learned
- Scissor work can be challenging to achieve
If you are looking for something a little adventurous, the lion cut is for you. This cut is effortless and can be done at home. Consequently, you will simply need to shave down the body and legs of your Goldendoodle to a quarter of an inch. The feet, tip of the tail, head, and chest, however, stay longer. You can do some light scissor work around the eyes when needed to keep up with maintenance.
This cut can be a fun way to switch things up, but can also be a lot of maintenance. You will need to be extra cautious of mats around the head and chest areas. Daily brushing is a must with this haircut. If you do not keep up with it, it could mean a complete shave.
- Can be done at home
- Doesn’t require special skills
- One of the worst for upkeep
Another popular Goldendoodle haircut is the lamb cut. This cut is very chic and gives your Goldendoodle that flowy coat. Typically this Doodle cut is best left to the professionals to blend the different lengths. The body is cut short at about 1-2 inches while the legs and tail are longer at about 4-6 inches. The head is also rounded with ears cut short, which takes a lot of scissor work. For this reason, if you aren’t careful with blending, you will have very noticeable lines that look more like a Schnauzer cut.
This cut is charming, but it does require some maintenance. You will need to take your dog to the groomer more often with this cut. And you cant skip brushing if you want to maintain the length. But, you will have an adorable dog that has a little bounce in his step.
- Most groomers are familiar with it
- Can’t DIY
- Needs more maintenance
The mohawk is the second easiest Goldendoodle haircut. And there are different variations of it depending on your style. The most common mohawk cut is with the body, legs, and face at 1-inch, and leave the top to grow. Or you can do this, but leave a stripe of hair along the spine to the tail. Either way can add some edge to your Goldendoodle. It can even be fun to style the mohawk straight up.
This cut is easy to maintain and to do yourself. Your dog will look fantastic, and there is almost no room for error here. The only particular need for this cut is that you brush the mohawk daily. If the body is under two inches, you can get by with brushing once a week.
- Easy to do at home
- Easy maintenance
- Almost fool-proof
- The mohawk might need more trimming
Tips For The Grooming Salon
If you prefer to take your Goldendoodle to the groomer, you may want some tips on getting the perfect haircut. Sometimes it can be frustrating trying to relay your vision for a style, and equally frustrating trying to understand it. That is why we have put together some great tips about how to talk to your groomer. So you can get the perfect Goldendoodle haircut.
The best piece of advice we can give is to be realistic with your goals. If your Doodle’s hair is very short, picking a long cut won’t work. Your Doodle’s coat type has a lot to do with the cut as well. If you have a Goldendoodle with very loose waves, picking a cut for curly dogs won’t be suitable. Your vision should match up with what you already have to work with. Your groomer can’t change the way coat types behave.
Brush Your Dog
When you are brushing your dog ties into being realistic, if you have a matted Doodle, there is not much that a groomer can do for you. The only option is to shave them down as far as they can. Doing these shaves is very taxing on dogs. Mats are uncomfortable, and when you pull them, they are painful. Doodles have very sensitive skin, so if these mats get out of control, they are more prone to razor burn as well.
If you brush your dog every day and keep it clean, it is much easier to style. And since your dog will be used to people touching him, he is liable to behave better for the groom.
Bring A Picture
Bringing a few inspiration pictures is always a great option. Most of us already do this for our hairdressers, so why not do it for your dog? Picture references can give your groomer a better idea of what you want. It can also help your groomer ask you more specific questions about what you like or dislike about the pictures.
When you go to the groomer and say that you want your dog cut short, that can be a little confusing. If you know exactly how long you would like your Goldendoodle’s hair, it could save a shock later. Some groomers have charts available to show how short or long a haircut will be. But, if they don’t, you should come prepared.
Knowing dog anatomy might seem like a no brainer, but you should be very familiar with grooming terms. Groomers use precise anatomy terms for the body that most people don’t think of. Instead of merely saying “leg,” you should know what parts of the leg you are talking about.
Know The Grooming Tools
You don’t know how to use the tools yourself, but knowing their purpose helps you relay your message. Each device has a specific design and purpose. These tools create different looks, like feathering. If you say, “Shave my dog’s tail,” but are looking for a longer look, this could cause problems. And it may take you a while to understand what the tools are for, but your groomer is here to help.
Are You Inspired?
That you have seen six of the best Goldendoodle haircuts, are you inspired? Schedule an appointment today with your groomer to start the fun. Want to learn yourself? No problem, just grab your tools and YouTube to get started. Remember that it is only hair, and it does grow back. You can change it up as much as you like. And if you make a mistake, in six weeks, try again. Let this be a fun, adventurous, and bonding experience.
Below is a Pinterest friendly photo…. so you can pin it to your Doodle Board!!