Maltese Pet Grooming

Are you looking for cute Maltese Haircuts? Or perhaps just some great tips and pointers on how to groom a Maltese? Well then you are in luck because today I have a great tutorial of how I do a darling Maltese Puppy Cut on my precious little Maltese. Whether you are an experienced groomer or have maybe never really groomed before or don’t really feel confident in your grooming ability, please take a close look at my tutorial I hope you get some great grooming information here and give it a go. Most people see grooming their Maltese as something that is normally done by a professional dog groomer. It can seem to be a very difficult task for the average pet owner. However, with the correct training, a few grooming tools along with patience and persistence it can become a money saver and also wonderful bonding time for you and your Maltese. Below, in our tutorial, we have groomed our little Maltese pet “Porsha”. Today she is in just one of our Maltese haircuts.  Although there are many Maltese grooming styles out there, the Maltese puppy cut is popular and one of my favorites.

This is a particular style of puppy cut is one I have self created that is a sort of a cross between a cocker cut and a Maltese Puppy Cut. I personally like the hair that is left intact on the legs, head and also the sizes of the body. I also like to leave hair on the head for a Maltese single top knot. So please enjoy our Maltese grooming photos, and the steps we take to achieve cute Maltese cuts. Please feel free to contact us with any questions.

Supplies Needed

Model: Ceeanjels Lil Bit of Majesty “Porsha”

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This is a picture of my Maltese Porsha grown out and before her Maltese pet grooming session.

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Above, is a picture of me plucking the hair from her ears you can use your fingers, tweezers or forceps clamps. Be sure to put ear powder in to help with the grip and also to help the hair to be painlessly removed.

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After placing cotton balls in the ears to avoid water getting in the ears, give your Maltese a bath using shampoo and conditioner. Bathing the Maltese first will make the hair clean and easy to clip with the electric clippers.

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This is after I had washed, conditioned and blow dried Porsha’s coat. She is now ready to be groomed.

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A view of the front before being groomed.

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I have placed her hair on the top of her head up in a grooming band since I prefer to have a Maltese single top knot. I then take my clippers and begin clipped behind the top knot at the top of the neck. I use a 5F blade for this. You can use a shorter blade with a clip attachment if you prefer. 
This 5F blade will leave the coat 1/4″ long.

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This picture above shows the hair after I have clipped the hair on the body and neck about half way down from the back to the belly. I leave the hair in tact like a little skirt all the way around the body.

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This is the skirt before I trim it. It looks jagged and messy.

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Now it is time to trim the skirt of hair, I use sheers and trim the skirt of hair on the sides straight across. Also trimming the belly to give a nice clean looking trim.

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After I have completed the body it is time for the legs. I take my shears and I scissor cut the hair on the legs. I do not shave them! I like a little hair on the legs. I comb the hair straight out away from the leg and then trim all the way around each leg.

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Then I comb out the tail. They often get a knotted tail from their bed, or sitting on it. If needed you can carefully use a matt breaker. Be Careful! They are very sharp and you always cut away from the maltese and your hand. After all the mattes are removed comb the tail out nice and straight and trim the tail. I make it shorter towards the base of the tail and then taper it longer to have a nice little plumb over the back

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Now for the little head. It is a personal preference but for view purposes I have put Porsha hair up into a cute little single top knot and then begin the face and beard trimming.

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I carefully trim under her chin and follow that all the way around to make a cute little teddy bear face cut. Be careful of the ears! Do not cut too short on the ears!

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I then take my little peanut clippers and I trim the hair on the feet and between the pads. I will then follow up with a nail trim, if you are not comfortable you have have your vet do it to avoid cutting the quick. Maltese often do not like having their feet touched. You have to train them with this from puppy stage.

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This is a side view of the finished Maltese Pet Groom!

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Front View (Looks like Porsha is happy to be done :o))

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This is a close up of the teddy bear face style I like. Porsha is wearing our 5/8″ Emerald Green Glitter Bow.

I hope this maltese dog grooming article helped you. Please feel free to leave us comments or questions here.
Happy Grooming!!

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