I found this photo with diagrams drawn on it that I used in a Groom Team Newsletter. I would have sworn it was on my website or this blog, but apparently it is not. This dog happens to be in the shop today after a "mommy" haircut, so I had to find the photo to show my help how cute she really can be.
SO, knowing that it is not where I thought it was, I have put it where it belongs.
I am using the combs that come with my Speed Feed most of the time these days and use a 9mm on top of most heads following the arrows in the photo, and making sure I take out the bulk under the ear on the cheeks to make the ears lay flat. I use thinners after the curved shears to blend the head and soften the look.
What you do with the nose is a style as well as area preference. I live in an area where most shih-tzu and the like are shaved down the nose. Other areas of the country would not have this done, but here, if you do not do it, clients complain it isn't short enough, which is why I did not address that part of the groom in my instructions.
This is a super easy and fast way to accomplish a teddy bear head, as well as being consistent. Hopefully it works for you.
Done in a Snap will take you to my article on using snap on combs posted last year. It is still relevant and applies to the above photo as well.
I have taken the time to videotape three different Teddy Bear heads for you, including one done with a vac system. Hopefully this will help you all see better how I do my heads and learn how to acheive a teddy bear head fast and easily as well. Remember that you may have to clieck on each video twice to enlarge it in a You Tube video window.
The heads above are all done using the same basic technique yet they all look different. I did go back to all of them and touch them up more after the camera stopped rolling because the finishing was not critical to the technique and the videos took over an hour to upload (EACH) as it was.