Asian fusion grooming, also referred to as ‘Asian Freestyle’, is a creative grooming style that can often be characterized by a unique and charming cut that seeks to give our pets a fun-loving look, often akin to that of a teddy bear.
What is Asian Fusion Grooming?
This style has its origins in countries such as Japan, China and Korea, where grooming artists were hoping to achieve a look that brought back the adorableness of puppies to dogs of any age and of mostly any breed.
That said, some of the more popular breeds that have come to compliment Asian fusion are Shih Tzus, Poodles, Maltese, Schnauzers, Yorkies, and some Terriers.
While this highly artistic Asian fusion style sometimes gets described as making Japanese Anime characters come to life, the style itself may differ from region to region depending on the country of origin.
How does it compare to traditional grooming techniques?
Asian fusion dog grooming as an art-form has it’s own unique style and techniques that produce a different result to that which may be created in the West, and shows off the culture and charm of the East.
Though Asian fusion ignores breed standards and corrective grooming that most groomers have come to learn, it in return offers it’s own unique blend of braids and ponytails that allow for much more artistic freedom for both the groomer and the pet owner.
Specific techniques of the Asian fusion grooming cut often give the dog fluffy, columned legs which almost resemble the texture of cotton candy, sometimes with the cut being tapered at the top near the elbow and flaring the bottoms as if the dog were wearing a pair of bell-bottom pants. The face of the dog, known as the muzzle, is often rounded to mimic the look of a toy bear.
Another difference between Asian fusion techniques and their western counterparts is that while traditional grooming often places more focus on the body as a whole, Asian fusion tends to make the head the focal point of the style in order to better accentuate the dog’s personality and unique expressions.
Different breeds are often given different flavors of style, but regardless of the breed one factor usually remains the same when it comes to differentiating from traditional western styles and that is: Radical Symmetry.
Radical symmetry allows for the over emphasizing of certain parts of the dog’s cut. Something which is clearly at odds with what is traditionally considered a ‘good’ groom job in the west where perfect symmetry across the body and head is often the desired outcome. It’s this radical symmetry that really makes the Asian fusion style so eye-catching and a pleasure to behold.
The growing popularity
Asian fusion is trending worldwide – now in Europe, Australia and the Americas dog owners and dog groomers alike are excitedly adopting this fun and creative eastern style.
Aside from being quite easy to manage and maintain between grooming sessions. Another reason Asian fusion has exploded onto the scene the way it has is possibly down to it’s fairly original and unique take on dog grooming. For some it also brings back a baby-like cuteness that no doubt caused most owners to fall in love with their pets in the first place.
The below video of “Cosette” a 5 year old Maltese being given an amazing Korean look gives a great insight into Asian Fusion and the incredible results that can be achieved. Check the YouTube channel Maltese Obsession for more great videos.