The “puppy cut” is one of the most commonly requested hair cuts for dogs. It is especially popular for breeds with long or curly hair. The puppy cut generally refers to the grooming of all of a dog’s hair to one uniform length around the entire body of the dog, a cut that is especially good for owners who do not have the time or patience to brush through long, curly tangles. It is an especially good cut for these dogs to have during the summer, as it generally allows them to remain cool in the summertime heat.
Puppy cuts are not limited to puppies or young dogs, although the style is reminiscent of the look of a puppy. Currently there are no standing AKC regulations against the puppy cut, although many people may find the appearance of the animal distasteful depending upon the breed.
Puppy cuts can be done at home with scissors in 2 to 4 hours, but it is preferable to take the dog to a dog groomer if possible. The groomer can ensure that all of the hair is cut the same length, and can finish the process in 45 minutes to 2 hours, depending upon the size and type of dog.
Curly and long haired dogs often get puppy cuts every 6 to 10 weeks depending upon the time of year, and grooming can cost anywhere from $15 to $60 and varies per groomer.