It’s a tradition in landscaping, but in pet stores? Dog owners in Japan and Taiwan are taking their canines to have their hair groomed into perfect cubes.
It’s adorable and geometrically pleasing, and though not yet wildly popular in America, the style has exploded on the internet, leaving dog lovers across the globe more than a little curious.
It’s unclear exactly when the trend came about, but it was a huge hit at the Tokyo Dog Festival in 2012. You can see photos from the show below.
The trend, “came about because people were always looking for more impressive haircuts, and somebody came up with the idea of shaping the dog like a hedge,” Tain Yeh — a hairdresser for dogs in Taipei — told the Daily Mail.
It’s not just dogs who are getting the square treatment — f
or over thirty years, the Japanese have been enjoying cube shaped Watermelon, which will run you about $US100.
But dogs are different than fruit (we know; groundbreaking observation) and not all puppies can work the cube-face. According to Buzzfeed News, the haircut is only available for pups who have lots of hair around their face, like poodles or shih tzus.
Check out these amazing pictures of dogs sporting the trendy hairdo.
If you’re wondering where you can get your own dog a cube cut, Suzanna Grande, a pet groomer who specialises in “Asian-style grooming,” would be happy to help you out, reports the Huffington Post. But the trend hasn’t made it to Florida yet; Grande admits she hasn’t received any requests at her Poodle Penthouse store in Tampa.
Olga Zabelinskaya is a New Jersey pet groomer and specialist in international grooming styles. The cube cut is “not practical,” she told the Huffington Post, as it requires an inordinate among of product to maintain the rigid right angles.
What’s more practical and less angular is the art of shaving a dog’s hair into a circle. Zabelinskaya says the circle cut is “more subdued, and easier to maintain.”
Check out this video from the Daily Mail where a dog is transformed into a circular masterpiece.
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