15 Maltese Haircuts & Hairstyles: White, Fluffy, and Looking Fabulous!



Meg Marrs


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White, small, and cute as a button, Maltese are a popular breed, and it’s no wonder why!

There are a few different types of haircuts that are often bestowed upon Maltese. We’ll cover some of the most common cuts, along with other ideas for prettying up your pooch!

Show Cut aka Standard Cut

maltese show cut

Long coat, often used in dog shows. Elegant, silky fur. It may seem surprising that a Maltese’s curly locks could ever straighten out, but after the fur gets longer, the weight can often straighten the fur and stabilize waves.

Traditionally, a Maltese’s show coat should nearly tough the floor. It’s common for long coat Maltese to have their head hair long as well, but it’s also fine to put your Maltese’s face fur in a single or double top knot. Alternatively the fur can also be left to hand on the side of the dog’s face.

This cut can be quite a bit of work to maintain, and should only be worn by dogs who have owners with plenty of time to spare grooming.

Puppy Cut

This cut is named the “Puppy Cut” because it’s commonly found on puppies, whose fur is still growing and hasn’t reached a full length. However, this cut is great for adult Maltese as well, especially because it’s easier to maintain than a traditional standard cut, and is pretty darn cute!

maltese puppy cut

For this cut, the Maltese’s fur is clipped the same length across their body, face, ears, tail, etc. Most owners opt for between 1/4 inch – 1 inch. It’s simple as that!

For most owners, the big choices will be between the puppy cut or the show cut. One is cute, easy-to-maintain, and short. The other involves long fur, looks elegant, but is lots of work to keep up with!

While these are the two main cuts most owners will find themselves deciding between, there are other options as well, including:

Teddy Bear Cut

The teddy bear cut is pretty adorable, as its name implies. This cut is really considered a cross between a standard Cocker Spaniel cut and a Maltese puppy cut.

For this cut, it is recommended that you use dog hair clippers to trim your pup’s side and back hair to 1/4 inch, but fur everywhere else is left longer (it’s up to the owner how long they’d like to keep the rest of the fur, although 1/2 inch is most common).

Next, trim around the dog’s face until it looks round and full like a teddy bear! Make sure to keep the fur rounded off at the forehead to match the coat length

Lastly, leave enough head hair to put the fur into a top knot (if you’d like).

This video shows a nice demo of how to cut a teddy bear head:

Maltese Bob Cut

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The Maltese bob cut is actually not so different from a human bob cut. The dog’s head hair is parted down in the middle and allowed to grow longer (along with the ear fur), while the rest of the body hair is kept in a short cut.

This is a pretty cute and easy style, making it a popular one for owners!

Maltese Short Cut

The short cut is actually a style that is more commonly seen on Bichon Frise or Poodles, but it can be done on Maltese as well!

In a traditional Maltese short cut, the dog’s fur is trimmed short across their torso – the back and sides are generally 1/4 inch. The front of the neck, the stomach, the chest, and the dog’s butt are trimmed close, around 1/16 inch.

However, on the legs, the fur is left longer (around 1 1/2 inches) and feathery. The top of the head is rounded, while the ears are trimmed bob style. The tail is also left with a 2 inch fringe.

Working With What’s Best For Owners

Ultimately, the best hairstyle for a Maltese will be a hairstyle that the owner can maintain. If you’re not sure where to start, this home DIY tutorial is a nice place to start:


Other Things to Do With Your Maltese’s Hair

Don’t feel like you need to stick with conventions – Maltese are adorable dogs, and often lend themselves to fun and cute hair styles that may not work on other dogs! Here are a few fan favorite Maltese hair styles.

Groomed Ears

You can do all kinds of fun things with your Maltese’s ears, but make sure to be gentle and careful since the ears are very delicate, thin, and easy to damage.

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Here are a few ideas for ear-based styles:

Top Knot

A top knot can be done with basically any Maltese haircut, so long as the head hair is left long enough.

top knot maltese
via Spoiled Maltese

Add a Bow Tie!

Bow ties are a great way to add some flash to your dog’s fur.

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Put a Bow in The Hair

Bow ties for the boys, hair bows for the ladies.

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via Pinterest

Koran Face

Korean face is another unique style of Maltese grooming that is popular with some owners. You can see a video tutorial here:

Go Ultra Long & Fancy

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Long and Beautiful Braids

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Add Accessories

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Flair Those Fluffy Feet

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via Pinterest

Want an intro on how to master this fluffy feet style? Check out this video tutorial:

Snip It Super Short For Summer!

This hairstyle is ultra short. Short fur can be great for keeping cool in the summer. However, try not to trim too short, as if the fur isn’t long enough, you could put your pup at risk for sun burns.

If you can see your dog’s skin beneath the fur, you may need to invest in dog sunscreen to keep your canine safe.

super short maltese
via Hairstyle Camp

What’s your favorite Maltese hairstyle? Share your top picks in the comments!

If you’re a proud owner of a majestic Maltese, consider also checking out our articles on:

  1. The best dog food for Malteses
  2. The best dog whitening shampoo (gotta keep that pretty coat clean)!
  3. Our collection of 8 awesome Maltese mixed breeds!
  4. How to remove dog tear stains

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Meg Marrs

Meg Marrs is the Founder and Director of Marketing at K9 of Mine. She is a lifelong canine enthusiast and adores dogs of all shapes and sizes! She loves iced coffee, hammocks, and puppy-cuddling!

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  1. Linda Will Avatar
    Linda Will

    I am very interested In Maltese. I have a newbie. Especially the rust color around her eyes.

  2. Karen Bellifemine Avatar
    Karen Bellifemine

    can anyone recommend a groomer that does the Korean cut in the NY, NJ area? if so who is it and how much is the cut?

  3. Karen Bellifemine Avatar
    Karen Bellifemine

    can anyone recommend a groomer that does the Korean cut in the NY, NJ area? if so who is it and how much is the cut?

  4. Juanita Mccray Avatar
    Juanita Mccray

    what is the difference in schitzuu and maltese?

  5. Marina Avatar

    Lhasa Apso’s are very different from Maltese. Maltese are only White, smaller, thin ears and have a longer nose. Lhasa Apso’s come in different colors, are much larger, have a thick ear like a Cocker Spaniel and have a flat face (Bracycephalic). This is a class of dogs. Pugs, Bull dogs are part of this class. These type of dogs tend to snore and can get over heated very quickly.

  6. Ravalika Avatar

    I’m confused that whether my dog is a Maltese or a Lhasa apso? Can anyone help me find out the difference.

    1. Marleen Musilli Avatar
      Marleen Musilli

      If your baby is all white, it’s a Maltese. Could be a mix if you didn’t get it from a breeder.

  7. David Barker Avatar

    I must admit I don’t like the Korean (Asian Fusion) style. They make such a beautiful breed look like a weird alien or something. Asian Fusion grooming has become very popular but just not for me.

  8. Vickie Avatar

    I love the Bob hair cut

  9. Deliths Avatar

    Thanks for some great ideas for haircts for my Maltese

    1. Meg Marrs Avatar

      You’re welcome!

  10. Tonya Avatar

    I am a groomer
    So I would like the most recent hair cuts for maltese

  11. Wanda Snow Avatar
    Wanda Snow

    I have a morkie. Her mother was a Yorkie and her father was solid black. He was also curly. Are there black Maltese?

    1. Megan Avatar

      Nope, Maltese are only white, and their hair is straight. Your pup’s dad definitely wasn’t a Maltese (or at least not a pure Maltese).

      1. Kai Avatar

        No, there are no black Maltese. I’m sure they would be cute, if they existed! 😉

    2. Ariana Avatar

      Yes there are black maltise

      1. Carol Avatar


        There Absolutly are NO black Maltese.

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