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I compiled some pics of Japanese Style grooming. Most of these are from windywaycavaliers that she posted on another forum. I hope she doesn't mind I posted these on here! I love the Japanese style grooming because it makes the dogs looks cutesy. I wish I had played with Leroy's fluffy face before I shaved it months ago.
 

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Oh my, they look like stuffed toys. Some of those are really, really cute. I may have to find a groomer willing to try one or two of those. :)
and now I want a Yorkie to experiment with......lol
 

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Oh my, they look like stuffed toys. Some of those are really, really cute. I may have to find a groomer willing to try one or two of those. :)
and now I want a Yorkie to experiment with......lol
I LOVE the yorkies in the Japanese teddy bear head. I love that short round little head with the cute ears. Also love when the ears are shaped to look like mouse ears. Of course most people want their yorkie's teddy bear head to have just a "tiny trim" - boring!
 

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I love the little black poodle with the round tk and ears, with a shaved face. So cute! Also the cafe au lait with the giant bracelets and shaved ears. Adorable!!
 

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Rowan, there's people out there who dislike creative grooming where you color poodles in wild colors and sculpt the hair to make them look like buffalos or ponies lol. I think that kind of grooming is really interesting and so imaginative. Some people dislike the Japanese style grooming because it doesn't compliment the dog very well sometimes - but in some styles, it makes the dog look so cute! Thought some people would like to see poodles in different styles other than the traditional haircuts. I think the only drawback to the stuffed animal look is that people forget this is a live dog, and to get that look it takes many grooming hours and dedication to keep the hair at that length.
 

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I love seeing some of this! It might just be me.....but the small dogs seems to fit these types of grooming so well. I just cannot see a standard in a lot of these trims. If I had a small (toy or mini) poodle I would allow a creative groomer take a try at one of these looks!
 

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Rowan, there's people out there who dislike creative grooming where you color poodles in wild colors and sculpt the hair to make them look like buffalos or ponies lol. I think that kind of grooming is really interesting and so imaginative. Some people dislike the Japanese style grooming because it doesn't compliment the dog very well sometimes - but in some styles, it makes the dog look so cute! Thought some people would like to see poodles in different styles other than the traditional haircuts. I think the only drawback to the stuffed animal look is that people forget this is a live dog, and to get that look it takes many grooming hours and dedication to keep the hair at that length.
Oh, I'm all about the "to each their own," and was just weighing in that it's not for me. ;) Thank you for opening my eyes as I'd never heard of the Japanese grooming style before this thread.
 

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I've kinda adopted the hair on top of the muzzle style for my bichons and poodles with teddy heads. I don't do the whole shabang though, I just HIGHLY dislike shaving down the top of the muzzle on curly coated breeds with a fuzzy face. This works well with schnauzers and shihtzus, but it looks horrible on fuzzy breeds.

And example of leaving some on top of the muzzle.

Those Japanese put my scissoring to shame though.

 

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I've seen enough creative grooming to wonder if there are creative grooming shows to show off this grooming art. If I were a groomer, I might be interested in competing. If I were an owner, I might be interested in participating.
 

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yes there are creative grooming shows. competitions actually. most of the grooming trade shows offer competitions. and the major ones have a creative competition. its wonderful. the imaginations and creativity is awesome.
 

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I keep my parent's yorkie in a schnauzer body with a westie face and recently went the whole shebang, attempting a schnauzer face on him as well. Too bad he's a brat for his face and made me shave the eyebrows accidentally and was too jumpy to let me do his whole ears. His face looks IDENTICAL to that second yorkie whose peering around the corner. My mom told me that if I did that to him again i'd have to pay HER for his groom. ;)
 

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If you can make or do something requiring talent, there's probably a competition for it!

Most of the photos of poodles styled wildly like buffalo or camels or peacocks are the winning grooms in the creative devisions at major grooming shows. There are also traditional breed groom classes, some for mixed breeds or non-standard styles, cats(!), rags-to-riches (dogs that have gone months without a haircut), etc.

Google Intergroom, Atlanta Pet Expo, and Groomfest to see more.

Here's another Japanese groom I've had in my files for awhile (I have no idea where it originally came from, sorry!). Fairly simple Teddybear. I wish I knew what they do to get them so perfectly fluffed, and the scissoring is just immaculate.
 

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There's a Japanese-style salon called Pink Pucci in LA with a blog that has videos of them fluffing a poodle and dyeing his ears brown. Check out PinkPucci.com, the technique doesn't look difficult (ive yet to perfect it myself though!).
 
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