Also known as, Asian Freestyle, Asian Fusion Style Dog Grooming or Japanese Dog Grooming, this is a unique dog grooming style which originated in Japan, China, and Korea.
Most dog grooming techniques are designed to make dogs look more like their breed standards and some dogs have certain coat styles for practicality or their breed’s purpose.
The concept of Asian Fusion Dog Grooming was originally to give any dog, regardless of their breed or age, a younger appearance. In more recent times, Asian Fusion has encouraged many dog groomers to explore their creative side and to make dogs look as cute as possible, regardless of the breed. It encompasses the dog groomer's and the dog’s personality, and it is fun to do.
With Asian Fusion Dog Grooming styles, you tend to see dogs with their faces shaped into perfect circles or cubes, legs trimmed to resemble bell-bottoms, and ear hair and facial fur that looks like it belongs in hair style magazine. Many Asian Freestyle dog groomers often find inspiration in other species. So, a Shih Tzu may be trimmed and dyed to look like a cute Panda Bear, or a Toy Poodle groomed to look like a toy lamb.
So why is Asian Fusion Style Dog Grooming a popular grooming technique?
As the word “free” implies, Asian Freestyle breaks the tradition of ‘grooming to breed standards’ and gives dog groomers the freedom to be more creative and ignite their artistic side, after all dog grooming is a beautiful form of art.
Asian Freestyle dog grooming is not generally breed specific, however, there are breed coat types which really lend themselves to an Asian Fusion style trim. Breeds with dense, wavy/curly coats tend to be the best candidates:
- Bichon Frise
- Yorkshire Terriers
- Shih Tzus
- Lhasa Apsos
- Maltese Terriers.
Recently, the use of social media has shone a big bright light on Asian Fusion dog grooming and inspired dog groomers worldwide to create some incredible trims. The cuteness and the ‘toy’ appearance of an Asian Fusion styled dog, forces onlookers to question if it is real.
Are there any benefits to an Asian Fusion Style Groom?
For a dog groomer, Asian Fusion allows them to exercise their creative side and is a great fun to do. Any task which gets the creative juices flowing is great for the mind.
For a dog, the practical benefit of an Asian Fusion style cut is that the short trims to areas such as the armpits, help prevent friction and prevents knots and matts forming. Just note that whilst a groomer is being creative, the dog can become tired, need a toilet break, and need a drink. Always prioritise the dog’s needs!
If you are looking to try out an Asian Fusion style, you will need a pair of reversible curved grooming scissors- these will allow you to create a rounded head, face and ear effect which are often part of this style. Click here for our Asian Fusion Curved Scissors for both RIGHT and LEFT handed dog groomers.