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How To Do a Teddy Bear Cut on A Yorkie

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Teddy bears are cute and cuddly. Many Yorkie owners like to have a teddy bear cut on their dogs. It may remind them of their childhood and their favorite teddy bear, or it just looks good. Either way, your Yorkie can look good with a teddy bear cut over any other cut you can give them.

A teddy bear cut is not that hard to do. You just need to use scissors or electric clippers and trim their fur down to between 1/2 to 1 inch in length. Some Yorkie owners leave the facial hair a little bit longer to get the right effect.

How long or short you go will be up to you, as there is no real length restriction that makes a teddy bear cut into a different type of hairstyle for a Yorkie.

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What Is the Difference Between Teddy Bear and Puppy Cut?

Most likely, the only difference between these two cuts is the name. The teddy bear cut is often referred to as the puppy cut. Then, there is no length restriction either.

Owners can leave 1/2, 1, 2, or even 3 inches of length on the coat. It all depends on the owner and what they want their little Yorkie to look like. The only length difference may be in the face.

Some owners like to leave those facial hairs a little bit longer than the body hairs. How your Yorkie will look will be up to you. The key is if you do not want to do it yourself, then get a professional groomer to do the cut.

The best tool to get the teddy bear cut will be scissors. You can control the length better with those over electric clippers.

Tips For Using a Groomer

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Many owners usually like to have their little Yorkies and other pets groomed at home. But this may not be possible due to schedules, skills, and other factors. What this means is that there will be times you will have to go to a grooming shop and let the professionals work on your pet.

Here are some tips when you need to take that grooming option:


Ask around and see what type of reputation the groomer has. Talk to old clients, current ones, your friends who have used a specific groomer, and so on.

If they have a good to a great reputation, then, by all means, take your pet there.

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Annoyed Groomers

This can happen as some groomers do not like your questions or are reluctant to answer. If you run into one of these, move on to the next professional on your list.

There is more than one groomer you can use.

Ask Questions

When you find a groomer that comes with a good reputation, make sure to ask the right questions. If they answer willingly, cheerfully, etc., then you have found a good groomer to use.

The questions to ask are:

  • Do you have experience with my dog’s breed?
  • Besides grooming, what other services do you provide?
  • How much will this cost?
  • Can I stay and watch while you groom my Yorkie?
  • What kind of training do you have?
  • How will my dog be housed?
  • Are you a part of the AKC S.A.F.E. Grooming Program?
  • Do you have liability insurance?

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Tools Needed for A Teddy Bear Cut

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As you know, some tasks take a lot of tools before you are done. This is so for many grooming times. You may have brushes, combs, clippers, nail clippers, and more just to groom your dog right.

However, if you are only going to give your dog a teddy bear cut, then the only tool you will need is a pair of scissors. You may need a comb as well so you can cut the hair easier.

That is about it. The teddy bear cut is supposed to be simple and easy. Plus, it does not take that much time to do on a Yorkie. Just make sure the scissors are sharp and can cut easily and quickly.

Some Final Words

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The teddy bear cut, and the puppy cut are basically the same Yorkie hairstyle. It does not take off more hair than you want, and you can do this at home with a good pair of scissors.

If done right, your dog will look like a real teddy bear and be cuter than a button.

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