How To Cut Poodle Hair With Scissors

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If you’re the proud owner of a poodle, you’re probably familiar with the upkeep required to keep their unique curly coat looking its best. Regular grooming is essential for poodles to prevent matting, tangling, and to keep their coats healthy and clean. One of the most common grooming practices for poodles is to give them a haircut. While you may have your poodle professionally groomed, it’s entirely possible to cut poodle hair with scissors at home. In this article, we’ll cover the basics of how to cut poodle hair with scissors and provide you with some tips and tricks to make the process as smooth as possible.


What You’ll Need

Before we dive into the step-by-step process of cutting your poodle’s hair, it’s essential to gather the supplies you’ll need. Here’s what you’ll need to cut your poodle’s hair at home:

– Scissors (preferably ones made for pet grooming)
– Clippers (optional)
– Comb
– Brush
– Spray bottle filled with water
– Treats to keep your poodle calm and well-behaved


Step-by-Step Guide to Cutting Poodle Hair with Scissors

Now that you have all the supplies ready let’s get started on the haircutting process.

Step 1: Brush and Comb the Coat

Before you begin cutting your poodle’s hair, make sure their coat is fully brushed and combed to remove any knots or tangles. Use a slicker brush or mat breaker to loosen any matted hair. It’s essential to keep your poodle’s hair free of tangles before you start to cut. This helps to ensure that the clippers or scissors glide through the fur smoothly.

Step 2: Have Your Poodle Stand Still

Once the coat is brushed and combed, place your poodle in a standing position. This position allows you to have easy access to the areas that need to be trimmed. You can use treats to keep your poodle still and focused on you.

Step 3: Determine the Length of the Cut

Before you start cutting, decide on the length you want to trim your poodle’s hair. You can use guide combs of different lengths or a measuring tape to achieve the desired length. Keep your poodle’s breed standard in mind when deciding on the length of the cut.

Step 4: Use Scissors to Trim the Hair

Bring out your scissors and make sure they are sharp, and the blades are clean. For safety purposes, use scissors with rounded tips to avoid injuring your poodle. Hold your poodle with one hand while you use the scissors with the other, and start trimming the hair slowly.

When trimming the hair, always start with a small amount and gradually increase the length to avoid cutting too much hair in one go. Always work in the direction of the hair growth to prevent cutting too short.

Consider using different scissors for different areas. For instance, straight scissors can be used for longer hair, while curved scissors can be used around the head and tail areas. Thinning scissors can be used to blend any unevenness.

Step 5: Trim the Feet and Topknot

Use scissors to blend hair around your poodle’s feet to prevent slipping and sliding. Trim the hair between paw pads and around the nails, making sure not to cut too close to the skin. Use scissors to create a round look on the topknot and the face.

Step 6: Check for Any Unevenness

Once you have finished trimming, carefully check your poodle’s coat for any unevenness. You can use thinning scissors or a comb to even out the coat, making sure everything is even and neat.


Tips for Cutting Poodle Hair with Scissors

Now, let’s move on to some essential tips that will help you achieve the best results when cutting your poodle’s hair using scissors.

1. Make sure your scissors are sharp to ensure smooth haircuts.

2. Regularly check your poodle’s hair throughout the process to ensure that you’re cutting as evenly as possible.

3. When cutting, go slowly and take your time to avoid mistakes and jagged edges.

4. Always cut in the direction of coat growth to prevent uneven patches.

5. If you’re unsure of what size blade to use on your clippers, start with a longer attachment to play it safe.

6. After each snip, make sure that cut hair isn’t getting in the way and interfering with your line of sight. It may be necessary to pause and regroup a few times during the process.

7. If your poodle begins to get restless, be sure to pause and give him a break before continuing.



In conclusion, cutting your poodle’s hair with scissors is easy, fun and saves you a trip to the groomer’s. With a little patience and practice, you’ll be able to give your furry friend the perfect look that will turn heads everywhere you both go. Take your time, gather your supplies, and remember to always keep your scissors sharp.

Jessica Davis

Jessica Davis

Owner of the cutest poodle on earth

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