How to Cut Maltese Hair with Scissors: Korean & Teddy Bear Cut

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Stylish Maltese haircuts are all the rage – what cut should YOU go for? This depends very much on whether you are a groomer or a Maltese owner doing your own grooming at home.


Either way you have a number of Maltese haircuts you might want to try. And further into this article you will find some handy videos that show a groomer at work.

From super show-dog styles to cuts that are a little less formal, we’ve compiled 5 of the most popular Maltese hairstyles that you need to know about.

Want to find out what they are? Read on!

Popular Maltese Hairstyles

There are a number of different Maltese haircut styles that you will see but here is a description and some videos of 6 of the more popular Maltese haircuts.

1, A Short Trim

The following video provides a great guide on how to prepare a Maltese for clipping and how to go about it with grooming clippers, including which size clippers to use where. The groomer in the video addresses her tips to professional salon groomers but they apply equally to anyone doing their own coat trims at home.

The groomer makes a very good point by emphasizing the need to get all of the tangles out before starting the clipping process. I’m sure you would have already experienced how easily the coat on a Maltese can become matted.

She also makes a good point about making sure that you know beforehand just how short the client wants this clip to go.

It’s nice to see the smooth result that the groomer easily achieves with her clippers as she follows the contours of the dog’s body. She is using a number of different sized clipper comb.

You will notice that the groomer, in the video above, makes good use of a harness with her grooming table. This make much lighter work of your clipping job and makes for a much happier pooch as he feels nicely supported.

2. The Show-Dog Cut

Show cut or home trim?  Show cut
Long cut or short cut?  Long cut

Here is the only haircut that’s accepted by the Maltese breed standard and one of the best Maltese hairstyles out there!

The show-dog cut evokes connotations of glamor and prestige and is the ultimate style if you want to show off your pooch in a competition.

The appropriate equipment can make a huge difference.

  • Part the hair in a straight line from the back.
  • Brush it to each side (the hair should be hanging down to the feet).
  • If the hair is too long and touches the floor, a quick trim might be necessary! Beware: the coat has to be long enough to hide your dog’s toes – as per competition rules.
  • Here’s a nice finishing touch: keep hair out of your pet’s eyes with a bow of your choice!

3. The Scissor Cut

Show cut or home trim? Home trim
Long cut or short cut? It’s up to you!

This is one of those Maltese hair cuts that’s completely customizable!

The scissor cut is a lot more flexible than the show-dog, and it’s pretty straight-forward.

You can decide on the type of style that you want your pooch to have; cut the fur on your dog’s body to create a short, choppy style.

You only need scissors to achieve this look, which is essentially the canine equivalent of going for a trim at the hairdressers.

No hassle, no fuss – just a decent tidy-up that will leave your dog looking picture-perfect.

Here’s an excellent video on how to achieve the perfect trim. If you are interested in learning how to cut Maltese hair with scissors, then this video will provide a very good guide.

4. The Maltese Korean Cut

Show cut or home trim? Home trim
Long cut or short cut? Long cut

The Korean cut has exploded in popularity in recent years, and although it’s a little more complicated than some of the others on our list (like the simple scissor cut), you can still do it at home.

You’ll need some good clippers to do this one:

  • Start at the middle of the back.
  • Gently shave the hair until you get to the waist.
  • You’ll also want to use some thinning shears to blend the facial hair under the muzzle.

Looking for a full step-by-step guide? Check out the video below:

5. Maltese Teddy Bear Cut

Show cut or home trim? Home trim
Long cut or short cut? Short cut

The Teddy Bear Cut is a much shorter style than the Korean cut, where the side and back hair is trimmed to a quarter-of-an-inch but everywhere else is left pretty much as it is.

You will need to cut around the face to create a look that resembles a child’s teddy bear (don’t worry, it’s not as scary as it sounds!).

This modern Teddy Bear cut for Maltese results in the hair on the top of the head being long enough to style it into a topknot if you wish. It’s also pretty easy to do at home.

Have a look at the video below to see what all the fuss is about!

It’s easy to see why the Teddy Bear Cut Maltese style is one of my favorites.

6. Fluffy legs and feet

Show cut or home trim? Show cut
Long cut or short cut? Long cut

This is one of those Maltese haircuts that will dazzle the judges!

  • Start off by brushing your dog’s hair before trimming around the feet.
  • Make sure the shears are parallel to the hard surface you are using.

This style is smart, chic, and clean – have a look at the video below for full instructions.

Summing up Popular Maltese Haircuts

Now that we have looked at 5 different Maltese haircuts, which is your preference? Do you also favor the Maltese Teddy Bear cut, along with so many others?

With the right grooming clippers and the right table height to work on, both you and the little pooch in your care can shine.

If you are looking for general grooming tips for your Maltese, such as brushing and how often to give him a bath, you might like to check out this post.

If you are a groomer, then make sure you have the right hair drying equipment that allows you to dry Maltese and other doggie customers as efficiently as possible after bathing.

In the meantime, have fun trying out these different Maltese Haircuts.

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