A dog sporting a Goldendoodle teddy bear cut? Be still my heart! This haircut starts with the cutest thing ever—a Goldendoodle dog—and gives her the look of the second cutest thing ever—a teddy bear.
Whether a Goldendoodle puppy or an adult, all Doods sporting the teddy bear cut are like walking versions of cuddly teddy bears—so irresistibly cute they melt your heart.
If you’re curious about the Goldendoodle haircut, then snuggle up with your pup and get comfy. Today we’re spilling the tea on what makes the Goldendoodle teddy bear haircut so un-bear-ably cute! We’re glad you’re here, friends.
Types of Goldendoodle haircuts
First, there are many adorable Goldendoodle haircut styles—the wild and adventurous Goldendoodle lion cut, the gentle lamb cut, the sporty kennel cut, and even the positively poodley Poodle cut. In fact, you could say there are as many ways to style a Goldendoodle’s coat as there are types, colors, and sizes of Doodles!
However, the look that I think is heart-stopping (and probably the most often associated with the Goldendoodle) is the teddy bear cut.
This haircut has all the features of the classic teddy bear stuffed animal from our childhood days—the round face, button eyes, big bear paws, and the stuffed-with-fluff body. I think it’s the perfect match for the Goldendoodle’s sweet, happy, and comical personality.
Incidentally, while the focus of this article is specifically on the Goldendoodle dog, the teddy bear cut is a popular grooming style for many breeds of dogs.
A brief overview of the Goldendoodle
But wait. Let’s back up a sec. Are you familiar with the Goldendoodle? Besides being the cutest thing on this earth, you may be interested to know that the Goldendoodle is a hybrid cross between the Golden Retriever and the Poodle. But there’s so much more to these adorable dogs. If you’d like the 4-1-1 on the Goldendoodle, please check out some of my related articles to learn all about the Goldendoodle, the F1B Goldendoodle, and the F1 Goldendoodle.
Did you know that “teddy bear” is used to describe both the dog and the haircut?
Now, let’s talk dog. The words “teddy bear” are sometimes used to describe the Goldendoodle breed. Many Doodle enthusiasts refer to all Goldendoodles as teddy bear Goldendoodles. However, from my research, the term teddy bear Goldendoodle was originally associated with one specific type of Goldendoodle. For more info, please read my article, The Teddy Bear Goldendoodle: 7 Things You May Not Know About ‘Em.
The puppy cut versus the teddy bear Goldendoodle cut
Now that we’ve covered the difference between the “teddy bear haircut” and the “teddy bear Goldendoodle,” let’s talk puppy cut and teddy bear cut. Here’s where things get messy. It’s like the old saying, “You say tom-A-to, I say tom-AH-to.”
If you’re talking to one Goldendoodle mom, dog groomer, or enthusiast, they may use the term puppy cut. Another Doodle lover may use the term Goldendoodle teddy bear haircut. Still others may use both terms—puppy cut and teddy bear cut— interchangeably.
Rather than get caught up in the terminology debate, I’m sharing the overarching principles that I use to achieve the Goldendoodle teddy bear look.
Why is it called the teddy bear cut?
When I think about the Goldendoodle teddy bear cut, I think that by accentuating the key features seen in the teddy bear toy — the round face, round muzzle, button eyes, uniform or cylindrical body and legs—you can create this look for your Dood!
Three keys to the teddy bear cut
Before I describe my three guiding principles for achieving the teddy bear look, please know this is my interpretation. It may not be your version. It may not be your groomer’s version. By sharing my thoughts as a DIY Goldendoodle mom who’s groomed her own Goldendoodle for a few years and done a ton of research, I hope to inspire you in your own DIY Goldendoodle grooming adventure at home. With that caveat, here are my three guiding principles:
1. Think of the face, muzzle, and ears as a series of circles.
To me, grooming is more art than science. When I trim Chloe’s face to look like a teddy bear, I think about basic art principles.
But don’t let the word “art” freak you out! You can do this!
To achieve the teddy bear look, the first imaginary guide that I use is the circle. The photos below help illustrate my point…
To achieve the teddy bear look, I envision Chloe’s sweet face as a circle and her snout as a circle within that circle.
Then I envision her ears as semi-circles—like the ears that poke out of the sides of the fluffy stuffed animal teddy bears.
The teddy bear expression
They say that the eyes are the window to the soul. I think that’s true for our puppers too! Thinking about the basic design principles of facial expression, I know that the angle of the eyebrows plays a big part in showing emotion. When looking at Chloe’s face, I imagine lines angled up as you see in this photo…
If eyebrows are angled down, the dog’s facial expression looks grumpy. Don’t do this. The photo below illustrates my point…
If you’re interested in how to scissor trim a Goldendoodle’s face, please check out my article: How to Trim a Goldendoodle’s Face. It includes my video of Suesan Watson (Certified Master Groomer and recipient of the groomer of the year award at the Westminster Dog Show) demonstrating a face trim on Chloe.
2. Think of the paws as furry bear paws and the legs as cylinders.
Moving on to the Goldendoodle’s paws and legs, let’s use the stuffed teddy bear as our example. As you see in the photo below, the teddy bear has big bear paws and cylindrical arms and legs!
To achieve this look, the legs should be trimmed to look like cylinders rather than following the line of the leg. I’m still working on achieving the teddy bear look on Chloe’s legs. I’ve been following along Chloe’s body line as I trim her legs and paws as you can see in the photo below…
And what about the paws? By leaving the hair long enough to cover the toenails, you can achieve that fluffy “bear paw” look. Of course, fluffy round feet also collect mud and leave bear paw tracks on the floors!
3. Trim the body an even length all over except for the stomach.
If you think about the teddy bear from your childhood, it probably had a roundish or straight body. To achieve a similar look for your dog, cut the body at one length—whatever length you choose. However, along the stomach, the hair should not taper in but appear as a straight line.
As you can see in the photo below, I followed the line of Chloe’s body. For a more “teddy bear” appearance, I need to leave the hair longer and in layers near her belly.
However, now I’m striving to create a more cylindrical appearance. The photo below shows Chloe after her most recent haircut. Can you see how the body is a little straighter and not “tucked in” at the tummy area?
Putting it all together
By having these three principles in place, I have a vision for how I can give Chloe a teddy bear appearance. We have a great time together grooming at home. While my results aren’t perfectly professional, it’s perfectly fun for us!
You and your Doodle make a great team!
By sharing my own DIY Goldendoodle grooming journey toward achieving the teddy bear cut, I hope that you feel inspired. Whether you’re learning to trim your Goldendoodle at home or giving quick touch-ups between professional grooms, it’s a great way to bond with your furry pal and enjoy more happy together times.
Finally, if a Goldendoodle dog mom like me can do this, you can too!
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Thank you for letting us spill the tea on all things about the Goldendoodle teddy bear haircut. We know how valuable your time is. We’re grateful that you stopped by to hang with our pack today.
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