Haircuts for Small Long-Haired Dogs

Some cuts can really alter the way your pooch looks.
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Long-haired pooches require more grooming than their short-haired counterparts, but they also have the ability to sport more than one hairstyle, which allows you to change it up every now and then. Some cuts require daily maintenance on your end; others may require frequent trips to the groomer to maintain.

Long and Natural

You and your pooch may be more inclined to keep her fur long and flowing than short or custom. When you have a long-haired pooch with a full coat, it's not as simple as just not giving her a haircut. Some little pooches have fur that is so long that it gets in their eyes or grows longer than floor-length, which could lead to mats, irritation, getting dirty or other problems. The little Yorkie, for example, is often seen with a long, natural coat that's typically trimmed just above floor level. Even with a natural look, you'll need to go through daily brushing to keep her mat-free. You'll also have to pay attention to her eyes or maybe trim her fur around the bottom to keep it from dragging.

Puppies and Teddy Bears

The coat is semi-long all over in a puppy cut, but nowhere near as long as the natural coat. It's a great way to reduce the maintenance on your end while giving your pampered pooch a youthful, fun, carefree appearance. Maintenance on the puppy cut at the groomer can be as frequent as every four weeks, which is one thing to think about before making the commitment to this style. Pups that often get the puppy cut are Yorkshire terriers, toy poodles, Westies and shih-tzus. The teddy bear cut is similar to the puppy cut, but is typically a bit shorter. Teddy-bear cuts aren't a "standard," so you may need to tell your groomer what you're after. The legs typically are left longer so they look thicker, and the head is rounded to mimic a stuffed teddy bear. Pomeranians and shih-tzus are often seen in the teddy bear cut.


The lion cut is seen on a wide range of small, long-haired breeds such as pomeranians, shih-tzus and Pekingese. As the name suggests, the lion cut gives your pooch a mane with a short coat. The mane can be just around the head and jaw, or it sometimes goes to the middle of the body. The tail is also long like the tuft on the end of a lion's tail.


Some long-haired dogs have cuts tailored specifically to them or their breed standard. Poodles, for example, often sport the pom-pom look in the ring. At home, however, you'll often see a poodle sporting a lamb cut or the retriever cut. Many terriers have specific cuts as well, particularly when it comes to the way the face is groomed.

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