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9 Goldendoodle Haircuts & Grooming Styles In 2024 (With Pictures)

Ashley Bates

By Ashley Bates

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Goldendoodles have amazingly curly coats that are capable of multiple different looks. You can get your Goldendoodle trimmed to look just about any way you prefer, with lengths ranging from shaved to very long. You can learn all the latest and most stylish hairdos to try out or go with an old classic for your Goldendoodle. No matter your preference, here are some styles to choose from.

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The 9 Haircuts & Grooming Styles for Goldendoodles

You can get quite a few interesting cuts for a Goldendoodle. You can even put your own special spin on it, making a request or trying it yourself. Here are some basic cuts you can get, and you can see how adorable they would be on your pup.

1. Teddy Bear Cut

The teddy bear cut is made to frame the face, making your Goldendoodle look like a little stuffie. It is a way to keep an innocent look while shortening the coat substantially. Usually, the coat is only an inch or two long, but the hair is long enough around the ears and beard to frame the face.

2. Lion Cut

A lion cut might look like exactly what you would imagine it looks like. It keeps the hair around the neck and head long, with a shorter coat everywhere else. You can give your dog the majestic look of a large cat—what’s the species? No one can tell.

3. Lamb Cut

The lamb cut mimics the appearance of familiar barnyard dwellers, creating a poofy appearance in the head and ear region. The coat is typically a little longer but trim enough to look tidy and cut. It gives your dog’s legs a fuller feel.

4. Puppy Cut

The puppy cut is an exceptionally cute cut. Using a uniform length all over the body, you can keep your Goldendoodle looking youthful all the years of its life. You can get the cut a little longer to keep curls visible—or you could make the trim closer to an inch in length for a shorter feel.

5. Poodle Cut

You want your Doodle to look like the Poodle parent? This is the one for you. For this classic Poodle cut, there is little room for creativity here. You can leave the hair long enough to make a top knot, too! This is a suitable cut for curly Goldendoodles only.

6. Shaved Cut

You could always break it down to bare bones. Give them a good shave and be done with grooming for a while. Unlike the short kennel cut, the shaved look gets even closer to the skin in all areas.

7. Kennel Cut

The kennel cut is an extremely low-maintenance haircut that many people love. You don’t have to worry about trims for a while, and it’s a simple enough cut to learn at home. Often, folks choose it because it is very short, and perfect for warmer months.

8. Fluffy Cut

The fluffy cut basically beautifies your Goldendoodle’s natural coat. It is meant to be long and poofy, looking more natural but tidier. It is a perfect look if you appreciate the classic curly coat.

9. Mohawk Cut

Everyone has wanted a mohawk at least once in their life, right? Thanks to your Goldendoodle’s coat, you can live vicariously through them! If you give your pup a simple cut like a puppy or kennel cut, you can leave the mohawk for extra pizazz.Divider-Dog Paw and Bone- New

Goldendoodles Can Have 5 Different Coat Types

Many people seek Goldendoodles with the assumption that they are all hypoallergenic. Hypoallergenic is a term that is thrown around quite a bit these days without clear information of exactly what it means. With hybrid breeds like the Goldendoodle, many breeders often tout that the combo gives litters of totally hypoallergenic pups, but this is very misleading. Goldendoodles can have a variety of different coat types, from curly to straight, depending on the generation and the parents.

To understand the true nature of the breed, you have first to understand exactly where the breed comes from and how lineage works. The different generations of Goldendoodles can tell you a lot about just how hypoallergenic you can expect them to be or how much you can expect them to shed.

Here is a condensed list of the generations with explanations so you can better understand what you’re committing to when adopting or buying a Goldendoodle.

1. F1 — First Generation

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  • Shedding Potential: Light to heavy
  • Allergy Potential: Moderate

2. F1b — First Generation Backcross

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  • Shedding Potential: 50% non-shedding/50% shedding
  • Allergy Potential: Moderate

3. F2 — Second Generation

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  • Shedding Potential: 25% non-shedding/50% low to heavy/ 25% full shedding
  • Allergy Potential: High

4. F2b — Second Generation Backcross

  • Shedding Potential: 25–50% low shedding
  • Allergy Potential: High

5. F3 — Multigenerational

  • Shedding Potential: Low
  • Allergy Potential: Low

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Grooming a Goldendoodle

Because Goldendoodles have thick, dense coats, you could expect to keep up with routine grooming practices. On top of making sure your Doodle gets to the groomer once every 4 to 6 weeks, you will need to keep up with daily brushing, routine nail trims, and toothbrushing.

Here are some essentials you should have on hand.

Why Do Doodles Need Trims?

Any Goldendoodle owner knows just how matted, tangled, and dirty their coat can get without proper grooming and trims. Both parent breeds have long hair. So, whether your Doodle takes more toward one side or another, they will all require constant grooming and coat attention.


No brush is made alike. Several different types of brushes have various functions, and here they are!

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Slicker Brush

Slicker brushes are phenomenal for everyday brushing. These brushes typically have pins of the same length, most of them curved to collect shed. Some of them have a manual cleaning mechanism where you simply pull the hair out and throw it away.

Others have a button you push that retracts the bristles and allows the hair to fall out perfectly. Brushes designed like this can be very good for long-haired breeds such as the Goldendoodle.

Bristle Brush

Bristle brushes generally come in two forms: synthetic or animal hair. These brushes are not necessarily designed to remove mats or tangles, but they can really help with oil distribution and blood flow.

Plus, getting a good brushing with one of these tools will relax your Goldendoodle!

Deshedding Tool

A deshedding tool is perfect for all those hard-to-reach spaces. So, using a deshedding tool once every 4 to 6 weeks can get to the undercoat, allowing you to collect all of the pesky shed that hides in between hairs.

Be careful to use the de-shedding tool only as directed. If you use it too frequently, it can cause skin abrasions and irritation.

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Combs can come in handy for small tangles and evening up the fur. You might give your dog a slight trim to take care of stray ear hairs, for example. Using a comb can help you line things up better.

Bath Glove

Bathing gloves are fantastic to have for bath time. You can lather your dog up using blunt rubber grips on the surface.


When you’re bathing your Goldendoodle, it’s best to use a fragrance-free, natural shampoo that won’t irritate their skin. While there are tons of fantastic choices on the market, if you do choose to get a scented variety, make sure the formula uses something like essential oils or another natural aroma.

Conditioners are optional, but they can often benefit dogs with tangly coats. It is a great way to keep the fur supple and easy to manage.

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Nail Clippers

Your Goldendoodle will have quite powerful nails that get long quickly. It is essential to keep up with routine trends. You will notice that your Goldendoodle’s nails might grow at a faster or slower pace than your other dogs, so this is an as-needed part of grooming.


Dental health is an all too overlooked and crucial aspect of general dog hygiene. Dogs get plaque and build up on their teeth just like us and require dental care. Otherwise, it can lead to issues later in life, like periodontal disease.

Groomer vs. Grooming at Home

You can certainly take your little scout to a groomer for a full body makeover once every 4 to 6 weeks (which can be longer or shorter, depending on needs). They will receive total treatment, spoiling them every step of the way.

However, paying a professional groomer can be very expensive, and sometimes it’s not in the budget. Luckily, you can learn a few tips and tricks on how to give your Goldendoodle the little trim they need without having to empty your pockets.

Many people learn how to perform these actions at home with the help of a trusty trimmer and a good YouTube video. You should get the proper supplies, of course, but no more or less. If you’re any good at it, you can trim your neighbor’s dog for a little fee! But let’s not get carried away.

If you have any interest in grooming, you need a few supplies. These include:

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  • Clippers
  • Brushes/combs
  • Harness
  • Treats
  • and don’t forget a helping hand if you need one!

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So, now you can give your Goldendoodle a nice trim yourself or take them in for a professional cut. If you choose to go to a facility, make sure the groomers are reputable and get fabulous reviews.

One thing is for sure, no matter what generation of Goldendoodle you buy, they will require regular trims and cuts—so be prepared for the extra expense beforehand or be ready to learn a new skill!

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