Mini Australian Shepherd Teddy Cut

The “teddy cut” is a versatile, all-over haircut that is perfect for active, thick-coated mini Australian shepherds.

This is Zoë, a mini Australian Shepard that is about eight years old. She is active and comes in for grooming approximately every 12 weeks. We give her an all-over haircut that we have affectionately named the “teddy cut.”


Step 1: Brush
Using a slicker brush, thoroughly brush through the dog’s coat, using a technique called line brushing. This separates the coat layer by layer, removing undercoat and knots.

Step 2: Clean Ears
Clean the ears with a non-alcohol-based solution and cotton swabs.

Step 3: Cut Nails
Cut the nails to the quick and file.

Step 4: Clip Pads
Clip the pads with a #40 blade, ensuring not to clip off any of the hair from the sides of the foot.

Step 5: Clip Sanitary Areas
Using a #10 blade, clip the sanitary areas.

Step 6: Clip Body
I use a size A snap-on comb, but the size of the guide comb can vary to accommodate specific preferences. Starting at the back of the head, clip to the base of the tail, down the sides and the belly. I leave the back of the legs and scissor in butt cheeks for a cuter look.  I also use the guide comb to skim the hair from the neck, chest and around the ears.

Step 7: Trim Feet
The feet are trimmed into a cat foot.  tart by picking up the foot and brushing the hair down over the pads and scissor around the foot. Place the foot back on the table and, using a slicker brush, brush the hair on the toes up. Using thinning shears, trim off the excess hair, taking care not to trim the feet too tight or cut too much hair from between toes. Trim the hair on the hock to look neat.

Step 8: Scissor Rear Legs
Using curved shears, scissor the back of the rear legs into a smooth, rounded shape.
Then trim around the tail (Zoë has a very little bob tail).

Step 9: Clean Up Stray Hairs
Trim any stray hairs on the underside and the front of the rear leg.

Step 10: Scissor Front Legs
Scissor the back of the front legs.

Step 11: Trim Ears
Trim around the edge of the ears. This can be done with shears or thinners. Then bulk thin the ear to make the hair lay flat.

Step 12: Finish Trimming
Use shears to neaten around the head,  and neck and chest, if needed.


Professional groomer Anne Francis is a grooming competitor and speaker. She works at The Village Groomer in Walpole, Mass.

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