When it comes to dog haircuts, are you a do it yourself type of person, someone who calls the groomers, or maybe a bit of both? If your dog has a wavy, wiry, long or silky coat, chances are he will require hair clipping more often. Even if he doesn’t have that much long hair, he will need an occasional haircut for more than aesthetic reasons. Hair trimming and clipping lessens chances of tangles, matting, and infestation of pests and diseases.
Clipping your dog on a regular basis can also reduce the likelihood of developing infections. If he is heavy coated, clipping will help your dog stay clean and cool during long hot summers. Clipping your dog may seem like a daunting task, but it’s not as difficult as you imagine. All you need is a haircut idea, the right clippers, a trimmer, and brushes.
The type of “hairstyle” you choose to create on your furry friend will largely depend on your dog’s breed, type of coat, season and your preferences. To get you started, here is a quick run through dog haircuts tips and ideas to make trimming sessions much more fun and successful.
Typical dog haircuts
The Teddy Bear Cut
The teddy bear cut is the most common cut for small sized breeds. To create a teddy bear look, you will need to trim the hair around your dog’s face and head evenly but slightly longer than what is on the body. The coat on the dog’s body should be trimmed much shorter, which makes this style perfect for warm weather.
The Lamb Cut
As the name suggests, this style makes your dog look like a little lamb. Both the body and the head are trimmed short. It’s a low maintenance look that you can clip only once after every six to eight weeks, also perfect for warm weather.
This cut is a perfect cut for poodles and breeds with thick curly hair. The feet, neck, and face are trimmed short, and the rest of the coat is left long. Portions of front legs, tail, and back are cut short to create the “pom pom” look.
The Lion Cut
This cut is popular among longhaired breeds like chow chows. The cut is defined by a short cut on the body and a long coat around the neck, head, and jaws to create a mane-like look.
The feet, neck face and the base of the tail are trimmed very short. The rest of the coat is left long and dense but should be shaped with scissors to take the form of the dog.
These are just a few of the most common cuts, but there are many other cuts you can create including the cords, topknot, and so on.
Quick dog haircuts tips for hassle-free hair clipping
- Pick the right tools: you will need brushes, clippers, scissors, and a grooming table
- Wash and brush the dog first: this helps get rid of tangles, mats, and clumps of hair that would otherwise make clipping more difficult.
- Feel free to ask for help: If this is your first time to trim a dog, it might help to visit a professional groomer and have the whole process demonstrated at least for the first time.
- Don’t pull the hair: Keep your clippers sharp and go slow by all means.
- Go in the right direction: to ensure a smooth, natural look, don’t clip the hair against the growth direction as this will leave sharp lines.
- Use the right clippers: use standard clippers for all round grooming and small clippers for the feet, face, and ears.
- Provide breaks: give your dog a few breaks throughout the process. You can use this opportunity to reward him with some treats for his cooperation.
Do not worry if at first, you don’t get it right. Most people don’t. If you haven’t realised it yet, dog clipping is more of art, and like make artistic creations, it often takes more than one try to perfect it. Just keep these dog haircuts tips and ideas in mind and everything will be just fine.