The Golden Retriever Teddy Cut

This groom can be the perfect answer for Golden Retriever owners who want a cut that will keep their dogs cool in hot summer weather.




There has long been debate about cutting Golden Retrievers’ coats, and we try to educate our clients as much as possible about all sides of the argument. Still, many owners have made up their mind and want their dogs shaved down. In these cases, we compromise and use a snap-on comb and shears to do what we at our shop call the Golden “Teddy Cut.” 


This month’s subject, Rory, has been groomed at our shop for eight years.  During colder times of the year, he is kept in a traditional Golden trim, but Rory is a big swimmer and enjoys a short ‘do during warmer months. When we catch up with Kat—a longtime coworker of mine who is performing this groom—Rory has already been washed, dried with a high-velocity dryer and set under a room-temperature blower.



Step 1: Finish Drying

Use a high velocity dryer to blow out excess hair and damp spots.



Step 2: Remove Dead Coat & Detangle

Using a slicker brush and undercoat rake, move through the coat to make sure the coat is dry and tangle-free and all dead coat is removed.



Step 3: Trim Nails

Clip the nails and file smooth.



Step 4: Trim Pads of Feet

Clip the pads of the feet with a #30 blade.



Step 5: Sanitary Trim

Clip sanitary areas.


Step 6: Clip Body

Using a size “O” snap-on comb, clip the entire body of the dog, leaving the back of the front and rear legs, which will be scissored.



Step 7: Blend Clipper Lines

Use a carding knife to help blend any clipper lines.



Step 8: Trim Tail

Use curved shears to trim the tail to the desired length.



Step 9: Trim Rear Legs

Scissor the back of the rear legs or “pants.” This keeps the natural shape of the Golden Retriever’s coat.



Step 10: Trim Hocks

Trim the hock hair into a half-moon shape.



Step 11: Trim Rear Feet

Trim nice tight cat feet, using a combo of curved shears and thinning shears.



Step 12: Trim Front Feet

Trim the front feet into compact cat feet.



Step 13: Trim Front Legs

Trim the front legs from the foot to the body. Rory had some work done at the vet and the hair is too short to blend, so we trim the hair as if it was intact.



Step 14: Trim Around Ears

Trim the hair around the ear leathers and use thinning shears on the outside of the ears. The snap-on comb used on the body has already clipped the hair under the ear tight.



Step 15: Finish Groom

Look the dog over, trimming and blending any stray hairs.



Professional groomer Anne Francis is a grooming competitor and speaker. She works at  The Village Groomer in Walpole, Mass. Is there a breed or cut that you’d like to see featured in the Grooming Table? Send your suggestions to


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