6 Unique Ways to Style Your Dog!
If you bring your dog to the groomers for their “regular,” are you really speaking to your furbaby’s style? People experiment with their hair; why can’t dogs? There are some unique and interesting hairdos out there for pooches; you’re sure to find what works best with your dog’s style!
Check out six of our favorite haircuts for cool dogs:
1. Teddy Bear
The Teddy Bear, also known as a Puppy Cut, is a fairly popular—definitely adorable—haircut for cool dogs. The end result of a “teddy” or “puppy” varies from groomer to groomer, but the general idea is your dog should look cute, cuddly, and puppy-like!
The Teddy Bear cut is for dogs with longer coats—often smaller dogs like:
- Shih tzus
If you have a ‘Teddy Bear’ dog, which is a mix between a shih tzu and a bichon frise, you have the absolute perfect dog for this look!
2. Lamb Cut
Picture a lamb in your mind. Don’t forget about the curls and the fluff! You’re imagining another popular, unique look for dogs.
In this haircut, your pup’s face and feet are shaved. Its tail may also be shaved, but that is up to the groomer and your preferences. The rest of your dog’s hair will generally be the same length throughout, resulting in a fluffy, lamb-like look.
The Lamb Cut is an extremely popular choice for poodles, as it is one of the cuts used for showing. But other dogs can enjoy this cool cut too! It works best on breeds with curly hair but can look trendy on a wide range of long-haired breeds if done correctly.
3. Lion Cut
The Lion Cut will definitely bring out your pup’s wild side!
Dating back to the 17th century, it was first used for working, fishing dogs in Portugal. The cut helped them weigh less, making it easier for them to swim and complete work without the burden of extra hair.
The cut is almost exactly as it sounds: Your pup’s torso, legs, and hindquarters are shaved, and its head and neck fur is left naturally long. The tail is also shaved—except for the burst of fur at the tip!
The Lion Cut is most commonly used for:
- Portuguese water dogs
It’s also a top choice for Pomeranians because their color closely resembles that of a lion. In fact, it’s so popular with this breed, that it’s also known as the Pomeranian Cut and can be used in AKC shows.
It’s best to ask your groomer’s advice before getting a lion cut for your dog! It isn’t right for every breed and does require regular maintenance and trims.
4. Top Knot
The Top Knot is another cool cut reserved for some lucky specific breeds. It requires a significant amount of hair on the top of the head to work properly. A good rule of thumb is if your dog has enough hair to cover its eyes, it has enough hair for a top knot.
A top knot is a ponytail made at the top of your dog’s head. It can be done for show or to ensure your pup has an easier time navigating its environment. It’s a great solution if your dog’s hair is constantly getting in its eyes, dragging on the floor, or falling into the water bowl.
The hair is generally held in place with a beautiful bow or barrette, but a hair tie can also be used. If your dog has plenty of hair, you may be able to make a hair bow—a literal bow of hair!
5. Asian Freestyle
The Asian Freestyle, also known as Japanese Grooming, Asian Fusion, or Asian Styling, is still fairly new to the United States. First becoming popular in the U.S. in 2014, the groom is originally from China, Japan, and Korea. The result varies from region to region, groomer to groomer, and dog to dog!
Asian Freestyle follows no real rules except to make your pup look adorable—like a stuffed dog. It’s frequently considered an art form, so the groomer and owner get artistic freedom. There are also no breed standards for this cool dog haircut!
Generally, dogs that get this haircut end up with extremely fluffy, columned legs that resemble bell-bottom pants, and the overall appearance of cotton candy. The hair on their faces is cut to look like stuffed bears or dogs. Since there are no breed standards, the cut is modified from dog to dog, but symmetry is often sought in the end result.
6. Kennel Cut
The Kennel Cut is an extremely common cut, but in the heat of summer, there’s not much cooler than this one! The name comes from the idea that it’s your dog’s off-season from showing, hunting, or working. A shorter coat is more comfortable in hot weather and easier for you to manage.
Cut close to the skin, the kennel cut favors an even length throughout the fur, with a clean face and feet. It’s perfect if you and your dog just need a break!
These are only five examples of cool haircuts for your dog; there is a wide range of options available to you when it’s time to take Fifi in for her new look! What hairdo is your dog rocking this summer?
If it’s about time your pup got a haircut, you have a show coming up, or you just want to try something different for your furbaby, we’re happy to help! With over 60 years of experience, we can offer advice and suggestions when it comes to your pet’s best grooming. Make an appointment for a full spa day—bubble bath, nail trimming, ear cleaning, and a new hairdo—by calling us at 281-693-7387.
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