The Weird World of Competitive Dog Grooming

Feast your eyes on the most outlandish pooches you are ever likely to spot courtesy of America’s most extreme dog grooming competitions. Some people really shouldn’t be allowed to own pets… What do you think? Leave your opinion in comments.

Weird example of competitive dog grooming.

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Weird example of competitive dog grooming.

Weird example of competitive dog grooming.

Weird example of competitive dog grooming.

Weird example of competitive dog grooming.

Weird example of competitive dog grooming.

Weird example of competitive dog grooming.

Weird example of competitive dog grooming.

Weird example of competitive dog grooming.

Weird example of competitive dog grooming.

Weird example of competitive dog grooming.

Weird example of competitive dog grooming.

Weird example of competitive dog grooming.

Weird example of competitive dog grooming.

Weird example of competitive dog grooming.

Weird example of competitive dog grooming.

Weird example of competitive dog grooming.

Weird example of competitive dog grooming.

Weird example of competitive dog grooming.

Weird example of competitive dog grooming.

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  1. Marilyn June 13, 2019

    I have had four standard poodles and they love attention. They may be a little embarrassed by the way they look, but the added attention would make it all worthwhile to them. However any dog would much rather be out playing with its owner rather than being turned into a work of art.

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  2. Anonymous June 13, 2019

    Poodles who are used for creative competition Grooming are groomed since they are puppies, are very used to the grooming and handling, and actually enjoy it as it is a bonding time for them and their owners. There is NOTHING ABUSIVE ABOUT THIS. Go direct your abuse comments to the dogs who are 50 pounds over weight, matted to the skin, see a groomer once a year, and have their nails growing into their pads. The ignorance here is ASTOUNDING.

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  3. Sandi June 13, 2019

    These dogs love the attention. if they didn’t they would not be groomed like this. These contests are timed. You don’t have time to groom a dog that doesn’t enjoy being groomed. No different than grooming for the show ring. Learn before you criticize. Worry about miss treated animals.

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  4. Anonymous June 13, 2019

    Oh Lord, these dogs more likely than not loved the attention. It’s not abusive in the least, poodles have to be groomed constantly, starting when they are pups. This is just extra fancy grooming. Go find someone who ties their dog to a tree in the backyard and just ignores it to criticize, those dogs are abused, not these.

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  5. Andrea Dogwalker June 13, 2019

    Absolutely repulsive and cruel. Nobody who genuinely loves their dog would do this to them. Most dogs hate being groomed, and this takes the grooming to a sickening level. Let the dog be a dog and have a fun life. Shame on the people who put their dogs through this.

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  6. Sandy June 13, 2019

    This is not cruel. It’s amazing.
    I’m guessing most of you have matted dogs that eat old Roy..
    How about educating yourself on a subject before opening your pinhole and spewing ignorant hateful comments??

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  7. Maureen June 13, 2019

    And then the dogs lick themselves and take in all the chemicals – this is outrageous and animal cruelty. What next botox and pumped up lips?

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  8. Marthe June 14, 2019

    Groomers who do this are amazing, talented artists. And their dogs are some of the best cared for and most loved dogs you could ever find. The color used is non toxic and made especially for use on dogs. And if I don’t care what color my friends are, why should my dog?????

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  9. Anonymous June 14, 2019

    These people have no respect for their dogs, but then, they are of course ignorant yanks.

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  10. Anonymous June 15, 2019

    Just let them be dogs instead of projecting sad visions of fashion victims

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  11. Nichell June 15, 2019

    I mean, there were definitely a couple of them that were beautiful pieces of artwork, but those poor doggies! They deserve to have a better life than to just be someone’s canvas. Let the dogs be dogs!

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  12. sharyn June 15, 2019

    i am a groomer and no i have better things to do with my time than to do this….BUT the dogs love the attention they get and every product is safe for the animal……an the dogs are allowed to be dogs”’some of these took a year to create

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  13. Anonymous June 15, 2019

    Should be illegal.

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  14. Tasha June 15, 2019

    I am a groomer and I actually have done this to my own personal pet s she he actually much enjoyed the attention it brought him and all the pampering that came with it

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  15. Anonymous June 16, 2019

    I see the only negative comments are from people who have not done this. I have had standard poodles for over 35 years, and they really do love the attention they get when you brushing them or even just touching them for hours. If they didn’t, no one could force a poodle to comply with this art work. People must assume they know what the dog is thinking. Seriously, would you rather see a dog neglected, sitting alone all day in the house or outside, with no one to play with, or no one to pay attention to them. As I bet many comments come from people who work outside the home. Is that letting a dog be a dog?

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  16. Nevermind June 17, 2019

    Grab a coloring book

  17. Evangeline June 18, 2019

    It is cruel because the dogs might not like it and it is cruelty to dog to put hats and things like that on them because it might annoy them. Even though I love the colours and characters in their fur it is still cruel.

  18. Evangeline June 18, 2019

    But I do agree with Nichell.

  19. Anonymous June 20, 2019

    Poodles have the most amazing coats!! Really you can do anything with their hair.

  20. Anonymous June 22, 2019

    t does not moult ….. they actually enjoy the attention. So much so that when they are retired from the conformation ring, and are only groomed once every 2 weeks or so, they feel very put out!

  21. Anonymous July 10, 2019

    Dogs are companions, not chattel or accessories! How would any of those owner/groomers feel if their dogs got them full bodied Milk Bone tattoos or worse? Sinful

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  22. Luan July 20, 2019

    I have two Standard poodles, Yvonne (Liver) and Glenda (Black) They get groomed every two sometimes three weeks. I am in Cape Town, South Africa. I have never done anything as wild and in some cases fantastic in terms of their coat. In winter they have a traditional Royal Dutch cut and in summer they have it mostly sheared off as our summers can be very hot. In summer I would leave some details on a pom-pom here and there. I think it all depends on the dog’s temperament. Yvonne positively basks in the attention she receives from the groomer. When I say the word ‘groomer’ she knows we are heading out to get groomed and gets terribly excited. Glenda, on the other hand, has a much more introverted personality, She tries to avoid me after I have said ‘groomer’ because she really is not one for going away from home and its not her thing. She does still have to go, and we keep her coat as neat as possible but there must be a minimum of fuss. I would love to colour their coats back to their natural state. After spaying, they immediately enter menopause and so their rich coats turn grey. My groomer does not offer colour sadly. But I might try to ask him to cut Yvonne into a lioness cut. I see no harm in it, the Royal Dutch she currently sports is much more detailed and ornate. People must get over themselves. No poodle will do something they are not wanting to do. They are highly intelligent dogs with beautiful emotion, they will soon let you know if they are unhappy

  23. Sharon November 14, 2019

    These are the most wildly creative creations I’ve ever seen…in ANY art form or medium. I am a visual artist and was an elementary art teacher in inner city schools for 29 years! This would have made a very motivating and attention getting/keeping art project for my students! To draw/paint a picture of a dog who was decorated like one of these sweet pups! It would have gained fame and attention all around the city after displaying the art work in public somewhere. I could have inspired thousands of youngsters! Just like tattoos on humans become a popular art form…these creative groomings will skyrocket their groomers to fame and fortune! We’ll soon see TV programming showing the same! I don’t often make predictions, but I’m sure of this! Haters should close their mouths and open their minds!

  24. Sharon November 14, 2019

    How can I get these pictures to save to my phone gallery so I can show them to my former students, family and friends? My step-daughter is an extraordinary dog groomer in our area!

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  25. Valerie Striker December 16, 2019

    I am a dog groomer. RETRIED. I started creative grooming about 30 years ago. I love to watch what has gone on in creative grooming and l am blown away how much it has progressed over the years. I highly recommend what the groomers have been able to do with style, color, and what else they are able to do. I applause them. I wish I were still in the art of CREATIVE STYLING.. Please keep up the good works. VALERIE. STRIKER

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  26. Anonymous February 12, 2020

    I think it’s animal abuse

  27. Kelani February 12, 2020

    I saw a documentary video of competitive dog grooming. I was all prepared to be outraged, but learned a lot. These dog are really big show-offs and modeled their looks proudly. They were pampered and loved it! The even had “Yappy Hour” where they all sat a the table and ate plates of dog bones with whipped cream!

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  28. commonsensebeliever March 7, 2020

    Those with the nasty insults don’t understand anything about grooming or poodles. These dogs start being groomed at a few weeks old and get so used to it, mine would start falling asleep while being groomed, with my second poodle waiting right next to me for her turn! And do they love to show off when they are freshly “coiffed”, prancing around with their head and tail up like they were on the runway modeling and saying, “Look at me!”

  29. Emi March 9, 2020

    People love to shit on creative grooming, but dont bat an eye at the training and conditioning of work animals, police dogs and especially military dogs. The training those dogs fo through would definitely be considered cruel, and the environments they’re put in are extremely dangerous. Wheres the outrage for that? Grooming dogs literally just sit there. That’s it. That’s their whole job. Sometimes they have to lift a leg or stand up for a bit, that’s about as extensive as it gets. Theres no exposure to weapons, pain conditioning, unsafe enviorments… I’d just like to know what people who main about how “cruel” it is to do creative grooming think of the conditions are working animals have to go through. It’s only worth it if you can put it to use? Even though working dogs very often die on the job? Do you not see the hypocrisy? Get over it people, if your going to complain about animal abuse then turn towards the industries that exploit animal labor first. I have nothing against working dogs and their service is unreplacable and neccesary, but look up how they go about getting those dogs to that point, and the conditions they work in. Then complain and moan about that instead of a poodle that lays around for a couple hours for people to fawn over its haircut

  30. Anonymous May 10, 2020

    This is disgusting and cruel. All those idiots who think it’s “creative” or that the dogs enjoy it know nothing. You shouldn’t own a dog if you support this. You are ruining the dogs chance at actually living a life. These dogs look so stupid and ugly and I feel so so so bad for them. If their owners had any sense they would let them be. They don’t enjoy it-they just don’t know any better. Not to mention that the dyes could be toxic. Don’t even get me started on people who put clothes on their dogs. Dogs are not your child. It’s so freaking selfish to do this. If you want to be creative, take up real art and not abuse. I just watched a documentary on this and the way the dogs are chained up so that the collar is lifting their neck in the air is revolting. Get a life people.

  31. Anonymous May 10, 2020

    A dog living on the streets with no food or water is probably happier than these poor echoes of an animal. At least they have freedom and they don’t look like a three year olds drawing.

  32. Anonymous May 10, 2020

    Emi-

    You think working dogs have it tough? They have an option to leave. Dogs who don’t enjoy it don’t get trained. Take guide dogs-they have a litter of puppies and any dogs who don’t enjoy the basic training get adopted as a normal dog. They don’t suffer. Working dogs often have strong bonds with their owner and often would give their lives to save them. I’m not saying they should, but I’m saying that’s an example of a bond between man and dog. Not making it look like a hideous, grotesque living statue. Police dogs-yeah, they live dangerous lives. At least they can actually live a life instead of being carried around in handbags or wearing diapers or whatever other crap people put them through. Seriously, do some research before you go shouting about noble dogs who are happy and are actually making an impact on the world and saving lives-not being bred to do nothing but sit still and get prodded, shaved, bullied and more just for “fashion”.

  33. Anonymous May 10, 2020

    I am appalled at the lack of compassion, empathy and intelligence that people who would put an animal through this have.

  34. Anonymous May 10, 2020

    Stop pretending to love your dog

  35. Anonymous May 10, 2020

    To those people saying “don’t hate on these dogs, care about mistreated dogs”. I work at an animal shelter. The dogs who come in are in terrible condition. They need a lot of love and care to help them. But to me, this is just as abusive as abandoning your dog or neglecting it. If you do this to your dog you are mistreating it. The poor dog has no choice but to let itself be turned into some disgusting piece of “art”. These animals have feelings. They don’t want to look like this. I promise you, any of these so-called works of art would gladly roll in a puddle of mud or run through bushes and get covered in ticks and burrs. They shouldn’t be treated like this. I wouldn’t wish this treatment on my worst enemy. A dog should be a companion, a friend, a family member, NOT an accessory or object. This “sport” is cruel, unnecessary and should be illegal.

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