Fancy hairdos have long been in vogue for certain breeds, like the ever-stylish French poodle. Of course, with Paris being one of the most important cities on the planet for fashion, it makes sense that their stylish canines to stay at the cutting edge of couture. But Parisians aren’t the only trendsetters out there, and fancy haircuts are no longer the signature of one particular breed. Au contraire!
Asia has, for quite some time, been infamous for introducing new weird and wonderful trends to the West. From Japan’s Harajuku girls to Korea’s K-Pop idols, the far East always seems to have something delightfully unorthodox to offer to the fashion world. Recently, Taiwan has entered the game, but this time it’s not to influence pop culture for people. Instead, it’s all about the pups.
As NPR’s Elise Hu reports, a brand new trend has swept the country, and it’s now making its way westward: Styling one’s pooch’s pompadour into a perfect geometric shape. That’s right. Any pup with enough poof is getting a new kind of ‘do… one that’s shaped like a symmetrical cube or a precisely rounded sphere.
Hu took the opportunity to visit Taiwanese dog groomer Mo Ming Fung, better known as Xiao Mo. He’s the master trimmer whose vision made these topiary-esque styles a viral sensation. On the day of Hu’s visit, Xiao Mo is working on a pampered Bichon Frise (pictured above), 8 year old Tang Xiong Xiong. Her owner has requested a perfect cube, and Xiao Mo is determined to deliver. After a professional shampoo and blowout, he begins sculpting, using 8 different types of scissors and shears to finesse the pup’s fluffy face into, well, a fluffy cube shaped face.
Spheres and cubes are only the beginning for Xiao Mo, however. The inspired groomer has also created triangular and flower shaped styles. He’s even working on a new style that mimics the shape of an old school Apple computer model—square at the front, round in the back. This daring new style is not yet available, as Xiao Mo is still working out the details.
Mo credits the rise of social media in Taiwan, along with the country’s low birth rate, as a few of the reasons creative canine hairstyles have become so popular. With so many couples choosing not to have children, canine kids are being spoiled more than ever before. And what makes a more striking social media post than one’s beloved furkid sporting a truly striking new style?
Tang Xiong Xiong’s cut takes about 45 minutes to achieve, mostly due to Mo’s legendary perfectionism. Mo’s super trendy cuts don’t come cheap: each one runs about $75, which is no surprise considering the dedication—and expense—the groomer puts into his craft. One pair of his special shears alone is worth $3,000.
For the dog owners who want to keep ahead of the pack when it comes to puppy fashion, however, it’s a small price to pay!