How to Trim a Maltese Face

The teddy bear face trim is natural cut.

The teddy bear face trim is natural cut.

The shiny white coat and big brown eyes make the Maltese unmistakable among other breeds. However, keeping that coat white requires the not-so-fun task of upkeep. Keeping the eyes clean and giving your pup a simple face trim helps showcase the loveable teddy bear look.

Wash and clean your Maltese pup’s body and face with a whitening shampoo made for white dogs. Clean under her eyes -- where tear stains often occur -- with a warm washcloth. If necessary, use a commercial tear stain remover available at your local pet store.

Dry your Maltese’s face with a towel. Blow dry her body and allow her face to completely dry before trimming. Comb her face and ears with a metal comb.

Hold your blunt-end scissors in one hand and tip your pup’s chin up with the other one. Trim the hair under her chin about 1/4 to 1/2 inch.

Trim her mustache evenly on each side. Take off about 1/4 inch on each side of her nose.

Cut the hair on his cheeks even with his mustache. Give the hair a rounded look by starting at the edge of his nose and cutting towards his throat.

Items you will need

  • Whitening shampoo
  • Washcloth
  • Towel
  • Blow dryer
  • Metal comb
  • Blunt-end scissors


  • If the tear staining is severe, has a foul odor or does not clear up after grooming, contact your vet. It could be yeast or bacteria.

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