Ways to Cut a Maltipoo's Hair

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Ways to Cut a Maltipoo's Hair
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Maltipoos are a combination of a Maltese and a miniature or toy poodle, bred to have the cuddly, energetic personality of the Maltese and the intelligence of a poodle. Their low-shedding coat needs regular haircuts to stay free of matting, but the style you choose will be based on your dog's lifestyle and whether his hair is more curly or straight.

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Fortunately, there are several haircuts available for Maltipoos from which to choose, some requiring more maintenance than others. Whether you do it yourself or have a professional dog groomer do it, there are several popular Maltipoo cuts to consider.

Short Maltipoo haircut styles

The most popular Maltipoo haircut styles are typically shorter ones because they're the easiest to maintain. For those looking for a simple cut, the summer cut is an all-over shave keeping the dog's fur under an inch in length. It's a no-muss, no-fuss cut.

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A more adorable option is the Maltipoo puppy cut, which is slightly longer than the summer cut. Maltipoos with a puppy cut have the fur cut to between 1 and 2 inches in length all over the body to give them the look of a young puppy. Plus, it's quite easy to care for.

The teddy bear cut is quite similar to the puppy cut but is just a touch longer. Dogs with this cut look like cuddly stuffed animals.

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Curly Maltipoo haircut styles

For Maltipoos with curly hair, the traditional poodle cut known as the continental cut or lion cut works wonderfully. With this cut, the body is shaved everywhere except for the face, ears, and shoulders to create the look of a lion's mane. Fur is also left in rounded pompoms on the paws and tail.

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The English saddle cut leaves the fur a bit longer on the dog's back end and legs without the stylized pompoms. For something more modern, you may want to opt for the similar but slightly longer and more natural-looking lamb cut. It's a great choice for curly Maltipoos because it makes them look a bit like a sheep.

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With any of these curly hairstyles, you'll need to regularly brush your Maltipoo more than with a shorter cut to ensure that the fur does not become matted.

Contemporary Maltipoo haircut styles

Keep your Maltipoo looking chic with a hairstyle like the Miami cut, which is an all-over shave except for pompoms on the feet and tail with longer hair on the head. It's traditionally seen on poodles but is popular for straight or curly Maltipoos too.

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The town and country cut is a more natural look for your pup, featuring longer fur on the legs in a cylindrical shape and rounded fur on the head and ears. Fur on the rest of the body is simply trimmed slightly for a neat look.

An excellent choice for Maltipoos with straight hair, the Shih Tzu cut or Maltese cut features shorter fur on the body and longer fur on the face. Consult with your groomer to see which would work best for your dog.

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Cutting Maltipoo hair

If you feel comfortable cutting your Maltipoo's hair, you'll need a pair of professional pet grooming clippers, shears, a brush, and scissors to do so. Short and even cuts, like the summer or puppy cut, are easiest for beginners to try out with their dog. More complicated cuts, such as the continental cut, will likely need to be done by a professional groomer.

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Keep in mind that shorter shaves will be easier for you to do yourself and easier to maintain. Short clips will need to be redone every four to five months, while longer ones will need to be repeated more frequently as your dog's hair grows. Between cuts, brush your dog's coat every day to prevent any matting.

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