From Glamourous to Classic: 6 Standard Poodle Cuts

Finding the perfect standard poodle cuts can be difficult, but extremely rewarding. Grooming your poodle at home not only saves time and money but also fosters a stronger bond between you and your furry friend. Standard poodles are renowned for their distinctive curly coats, and with a little know-how and patience, you can achieve a professional-looking groom, right in the comfort of your own home. Follow the suggestions below to give your fur companion an elegant and well-maintained coat and provide you with options for different standard poodle cuts.

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This teddy bear look is my favorite standard poodle cut. I love a soft coat with less of the super curly coat to brush.


Equipment needed for Standard Poodle Cuts

  • Tools:  Before you embark on completing your poodle cut, make sure you have the essential grooming tools at hand. These include a slicker brush, pin brush, metal comb, grooming scissors, electric clippers, clipper blades, dog-friendly shampoo and conditioner, ear cleaning solution, nail clippers and clipper oil.

The Process of Standard Poodle Cuts

  • Brushing: Begin your poodle haircuts by thoroughly brushing your poodles' coat to remove any tangles and mats. Use a slicker brush or pin brush, starting from, the tips and working your way towards the skin. Be patient and gentle during your poodle cuts, as poodle coats are prone to tangling. Brushing not only prevents mats but also distributes natural oils for a healthy sheen.


  • Bathing: Prior to starting your standard poodle cuts, give your poodle a bath using a dog-friendly shampoo and conditioner that suits their coat type. Make sure to rinse thoroughly to avoid any residual product buildup. Poodle coats can easily become dry, so using a conditioner helps maintain their natural moisture balance.


  • Drying: After the bath, towel-dry your poodle as much as possible. Poodle coats are prone to matting when wet, so ensure the coat is thoroughly dry before moving on.


  • Clipping and Styling: Use electric clippers and appropriate clipper blades to trim complete your standard poodle cut. Whether you choose the classic Puppy Clip, Continental Clip or a personalized variation, take your time and be patient with your standard poodle. Pay special attention to sensitive areas like ears, paws, and sanitary areas.


Video of DIY standard poodle cuts here using Andis 22340 AGC Pro Clip 2- speed clippers - YouTube    

Done with Standard Poodle Cuts- Now What?

  • Ears: Clean your Poodle's ears using ear cleaning solution. I use ear powder to pull the hair in their ears. They don't love it, but it keeps ears dry. Be gentle and avoid inserting anything deep into the ear canal. Trim the hair around the ears to prevent moisture buildup.  How to Pluck Poodles Ears - YouTube  .

 The ear powder suggested by our veterinarian is : Miracle Care Ear Powder Step 1, 12 grams: Pet Ear Care Supplies: Pet Supplies


  • Nails: Trim the nails using dog-specific nail clippers, being cautious not to cut too close to the quick. Have styptic powder or Bleed Stop on hand in case of any accidental cuts.


When I have completed my Standard Poodle Cuts, I comb through the coat once more to ensure there are no tangles or uneven spots. Use grooming scissors to trim around the feet and tidy up any stray hairs. Check the coat for any remaining mats and address them as needed.

Good Luck with your Standard Poodle Cuts and practice makes perfect!!


                           Examples of Standard Poodle Cuts

1. **The Iconic Puppy Clip:**

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The "Puppy Clip" is perhaps the most recognized Poodle grooming style. This cut leaves the coat a uniform length throughout the body while accentuating the breed's regal head and signature pom-poms on the hips and tail. The shorter coat in this clip is not only stylish but also easier to manage.


2. **Elegance Redefined: The Continental Clip:**

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If you're seeking pure elegance, the "Continental Clip" is your go-to choice. This intricate style trims the hindquarters, leaving tufts of hair known as bracelets around the ankles and pompoms on the hips and tail. The chest, neck, and head are also adorned with stylish hair arrangements, giving your Poodle a look that exudes sophistication.

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3. **Sophisticated Sporting: The English Saddle Clip:**

The English Saddle Clip

The "English Saddle Clip" is a versatile choice that balances aesthetics and functionality. In this cut, the back and sides are clipped short, leaving longer hair on the legs and around the chest. The chest and head feature rounded pompoms, and the tail is styled with a fluffy plume.


4. **A Modern Twist: The Modified Continental Clip:**

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For those seeking a contemporary twist on the classic Continental Clip, the "Modified Continental Clip" is a popular option. This cut retains the pompoms on the hips and tail but allows for a shorter coat on the body. It's a perfect blend of flair and convenience.

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5. **Exuding Fluffiness: The Teddy Bear Clip:**

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The "Teddy Bear Clip" delivers irresistible cuteness with a practical edge. This cut maintains a shorter coat length across the body while allowing for fluffy pompoms on the legs, tail, and head. The result is a Poodle that resembles a cuddly teddy bear.

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6. **Personalized Pizazz: Customized Clips:**

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Standard Poodle Cuts Customized Clips Don't be afraid to get creative! Many Poodle owners and groomers work together to create a personalized standard poodle cut that reflects the dog's personality and the owner's preferences. From unique patterns to imaginative trims, the possibilities are endless!


There are many standard poodle cuts, and these are just a few of your many options! Have fun and be creative!!

Cartoon picture of four standard poodles with puppy poodle clip, continental clip, English saddle clip, sporting clip


Grooming your poodle at home is not only a rewarding experience but also an opportunity to strengthen the bond with your poodle puppy.

At Higher Standard Poodles, we touch our puppies' paws daily to prepare them for easier grooming. Doing this will make sprucing up your standard poodle puppy a much more enjoyable process. Remember, practice makes perfect, so take your time and enjoy creating a classic cut or something just for your fur baby! To learn more about us and our standard poodle puppies Go HERE


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