Whether it's a summer shave down or the standard breed-specific cut, your dog's grooming routine might be getting a bit routine. It's time to change it up! Many pawrents are venturing out and selecting trend-setting hairstyles for their dogs. We asked Helen Adler, owner of a grooming company in New York City, to clue us in on the latest trends.
It used to be "if you wanted to be edgy, you would do a mohawk or mullet," says Adler. Now there's a growing demand for cutting-edge, creative hairstyles for dogs, with Asian Fusion work becoming a top trend. "The dog is groomed to look like a cute stuffed animal, with a rounded face and columned legs," Adler explains.
The end result? A very sweet look. According to Adler, "Asian Fusion or other types of creative grooming work best on Terriers, Poodles, Bichons and drop-coated breeds such as Shih Tzus and Lhasa Apsos.
First comes the cut, and then comes color. "Yesterday's basic mullet or mohawk can be accented with color or glitter," says Adler. "Feather accents and extensions also add a little bling." Adler notes a rising dog hair color trend is blow art, which includes colored stencils, spray color, spray-on glitter and chalk pens. Stencils and blow art work well for shorter-haired dogs.
Move over, ascots and bows. Adler has seen fancy accessories and dog jewelry taking off, including tiaras, wristlets and ornaments for collars. A great starting point for a spiffed-up look is adding the LINK AKC Smart Collar to his wardrobe, making your dog the definition of "smartly dressed." You can also take it up a notch with one of these top dog fashion trends.