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15 Maltese Haircuts & Grooming Styles in 2022 (with Pictures)

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By Nicole Cosgrove


One of the biggest advantages of owning a Maltese is the ability to give them adorable haircuts. These dogs are like tiny little dolls, and grooming them in fun and creative ways is endlessly entertaining.

Better yet, the dogs seem to enjoy getting the haircuts as well. Not only does it keep the hair out of their eyes, but looking adorable helps get them more attention — and what dog doesn’t love attention?

If you’re looking for inspiration for your Maltese’s next ‘do, look no further. Here you’ll find 15 of the hottest Maltese haircuts that you can imagine. You can pick the one that you think will look best on your pup or try them all — it’s up to you!

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The 15 Best Maltese Haircuts

1. The Open Book Maltese Haircut

With hair parted right down the middle, your Maltese will look quite studious indeed. This cut really helps emphasize their eyes, which can foster a deeper connection between you both. Failing that, it gives you a prime target to aim for when scratching their heads.

2. The Barbara Eden Maltese Haircut

If you want to let your dog’s hair grow long while still keeping it out of their eyes, the Barbara Eden is the way to go. This is a high ponytail on top of the head, and it creates a cascade of hair down the sides of their face. Best of all, it bounces when they walk.

3. The Mullet Maltese Haircut

The mullet look is the opposite of the Barbara Eden in many ways, as it involves cutting the hair close to the top of the head. It’s still allowed to stay long in the back, though, and you can pair it with a mustache if you really want to give your dog that ‘80s hair metal look.

4. The Gandalf Maltese Haircut

The Gandalf involves all the hair on their head growing long and silky. It sort of makes your dog look like a mop with eyes, but if you brush them regularly, they can look quite elegant as well. This look also requires less-frequent trips to the groomer.

  • Pair this adorable style with a sweet dog bow found on our list of Best Dog Bows 

5. The Cyndi Lauper Maltese Haircut

Nothing will channel your dog’s inner ‘80s pop star quite like the Cyndi Lauper. This is a double side ponytail, and it definitely gives them a throwback look that’s still quite feminine. Boy dogs can pull it off too — but on them, it’s called “the Zardoz.”

6. The Bowl Cut Maltese Haircut

Bowl cuts are famous because they look like someone put a bowl on top of your head and cut around it. They look better on a Maltese than most people, though, and this easy-to-do hairstyle is perfect if you feel like taking over the groomer’s shears yourself.

7. The Jamie Lee Curtis Maltese Haircut

This is a short, choppy hairstyle like the kind that’s often favored by Jamie Lee Curtis. It looks fantastic on her, so there’s a good chance that it will look great on your dog as well. If you decide to give your dog this cut, though, maybe don’t let them wander out on Halloween, just to be safe.

8. The Ewok Maltese Haircut

If you’re a fan of “Return of the Jedi,” you can have your very own Ewok — and all you have to do is cut your dog’s hair like this. This is a simple cut, but that doesn’t make it any less adorable. Best of all, much like an Ewok, your dog will likely worship you as a god.

9. The Joker Maltese Haircut

If you’re willing to dye your dog’s hair green, they can pull off the same look favored by Batman’s arch-nemesis. The Joker tells everyone that this dog is ready to watch the world burn — or maybe they just want attention. Same difference, really.

10. The Finger in the Light Socket

Sometimes the best hairstyle is none at all, and the “finger in the light socket” look allows your dog’s natural hair to shine through. This look may be a bit unruly, but it’s a great way to keep your dog looking great without spending a bunch of time grooming them.

11. The Torpedo Maltese Haircut

Sleek is the name of the game when it comes to the torpedo. Your pup’s hair is perfectly streamlined, allowing them to run freely with little wind resistance. This is a clean look, although it can get quite messy as it grows out.

12. The Wilford Brimley Maltese Haircut

With the Wilford Brimley, the focus is on the mustache more than anything else. The hair on top of the head is kept short and manageable, and this prevents it from drawing attention away from the star of the show.

13. The Rachel Maltese Haircut

Some dogs are stuck in the ‘90s, when Tamagotchis were king, AOL was the only way to get online, and Jennifer Aniston’s “the Rachel” was the hottest hairdo in the world. With long, flowing locks drooping down on either side of your pooch’s face, this look will naturally draw the eye toward their precious eyes.

14. The Christina Ricci Maltese Haircut

The first things that you notice about Christina Ricci are her big expressive eyes, and this haircut will likewise accentuate your pup’s peepers. It’s a tightly-shorn hairstyle, which also cuts down on their fluff, making it easier to pet them.

15. The Sam Elliott Maltese Haircut

The Sam Elliott is much like the Wilford Brimley, except the hair on top is allowed to grow longer, as is the mustache. Again, though, it’s the facial hair that earns all the plaudits, as it gives your dog a wizened appearance. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself constantly staring at your pup, waiting for them to grace you with old-school wisdom.

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Which Maltese Haircut Will You Pick?

It’s impossible to list every potential hairstyle that you can give your dog, but hopefully, this list has given you a few creative ideas. There’s enough variety that you can cycle through them, and it will feel like you have a brand-new dog every time.

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