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Puppy Cut

02-25-2017 by 4Paws

What is a puppy cut There isn’t a consistent right way to do a “puppy cut.” There are many – many variations!

What is YOUR first thought when you hear this term?


The puppy cut is one of the most popular haircuts. It works well on a wide variety of pets. From Shih Tzus to Doodles. From Pomeranians to Bichons. Almost any breed that grows longer coat can be done in this easy-to-care for style.

Yet, the puppy cut is also the most misunderstood haircut in grooming salons around the country. Why? There are no clear directions of what this trim actually is or how it should be done. It’s left up to individual personal interpretation by owners, groomers, or talented pet stylists.

The puppy cut started out as a trim style for Poodles. The puppy cut is a specific trim used on young Poodles in the dog show world. Once the puppy turns a year-old, they are put into the elaborate adult haircut for the conformation ring.

Today, the term “puppy cut” is used very loosely. It can apply to a wide variety of different breeds. It’s highly adaptable to any size of dog. Coats can be curly, wavy, or straight. Almost any purebred or mixed breed that grows hair looks appealing in a “puppy cut.”

Essentially, the puppy cut is one length all over and fluffy (just like a puppy). The most common length is between 1-2 inches over the body, legs, tail, head, and ear. Essentially, the puppy cut is one length all over. The most common length is between 1-2 inches over the body, legs, tail, head, and ears.  Everything is soft and plush, like a fluffy puppy.

The term “puppy cut” can be tricky. In some circles the puppy cut can also be known as the “teddy bear trim”, “summer cut”.  Generally, the only things that change between theses trims are the names and the length of coat. more

Category: Grooming

How to communicate with your groomer

02-03-2017 by 4Paws

As the owner of 4 Paws Resort & Spa I have learnt a lot and one of them is grooming terms so that you and your groomer knows how you would like your dog/cat to look after their groom, whether it is a bath N brush or a hair cut.  We will be adding pictures and descriptions to help you tell us or another groomer what you would like to be done.

A good groomer will always listen to what you the customer wants, however an excellent and compassionate groomer will also advise and not do something that is not in the best interest of the dog/cat.

Our groomers at 4 Paws Resort & Spa have over 50 years of experience, they know the old school ways as well as all the new and improved ways.  They are constantly going to seminars/classes to educate themselves on new techniques etc.  They also have HEART and are very COMPASSION to our 4 legged (sometimes 3) friends.

We will be adding new blogs at least twice a week on how to communicate to your groomer. If you do not want to miss any subscribe to our blog. more

Category: Grooming