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Adorable Dog Portraits Before and After Japanese Grooming Makeovers

Dog Haircut Portraits by Grace Chon

Bowie Before
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Two years ago, animal photographer Grace Chon introduced her charming dog haircut portrait series, Hairy. The collection shows cute canines transform from bedraggled pups into pristine pooches in adorable before-and-after photos. Since then, Chon has expanded the series, photographing more than 30 dogs and their makeovers.

The Hairy series focuses on an approach that favors creative cuts and funky shapes over standard trims. “The dogs have been groomed in a Japanese Grooming Style, which does not follow the rules of traditional, breed-standard grooming,” Chon tells My Modern Met. “In fact, it only has one mission―to make dogs look as adorable as possible!” From teddy-bear faces to manicured fluffy paws, each doggy makeover perfectly highlights the uniquely cute characteristics of each dog. Chon reveals, “When I had the idea of photographing a before-and-after series of dog haircuts, I was immediately captivated by Japanese dog grooming, because my goal similarly is to capture the dog’s individuality in my work.”

Chon worked with a number of professional groomers from Healthy Spot, LA for the project, all of who show tremendous skill and talent. Each look has taken around two hours to complete as the majority of the styling is impressively completed with hand scissoring. In many of the before photos, the scruffy pups can barely see out from behind their overgrown fur. In the after shots, the same dogs looks almost unrecognizable, posing proudly as newly pampered pooches. Chon says, “With so much insanity happening in the world, I love sharing happy content that gives people a second to pause and smile.”

This adorable series has been published as a book titled Puppy Styled: Japanese Dog Grooming: Before & After, and it’s now available on Amazon. For even more from the photographer, head over to Chon’s website.

Animal photographer Grace Chon’s series, Hairy, shows dogs before and after they get Japanese-style haircuts.

Dog Haircut Portraits by Grace Chon

Bowie After (grooming by Rebecca Bradford)

Dog Haircut Portraits by Grace Chon

Herman Before

Dog Haircut Portraits by Grace Chon

Herman After (grooming by Patricia Sugihara)

Dog Haircut Portraits by Grace Chon

Herman After (grooming by Patricia Sugihara)

The aim of this specific style is to make dogs look as cute as possible!

Dog Haircut Portraits by Grace Chon

Buddy Before

Dog Haircut Portraits by Grace Chon

Buddy After (grooming by Koko Fukaya)

Dog Haircut Portraits by Grace Chon

Buddy After (grooming by Koko Fukaya)

Dog Haircut Portraits by Grace Chon

Nala Before

Dog Haircut Portraits by Grace Chon

Nala After (grooming by Alyson Ogimachi)

Dog Haircut Portraits by Grace Chon

Nala After (grooming by Alyson Ogimachi)

Dog Haircut Portraits by Grace Chon

Bella Before

Dog Haircut Portraits by Grace Chon

Bella After (grooming by Koko Fukaya)

Dog Haircut Portraits by Grace Chon

Bella After (grooming by Koko Fukaya)

Dog Haircut Portraits by Grace Chon

Messi Before

Dog Haircut Portraits by Grace Chon

Messi Aafter (grooming by Koko Fukaya)

Dog Haircut Portraits by Grace Chon

Messi After (grooming by Koko Fukaya)

Dog Haircut Portraits by Grace Chon

Calvin Before

Dog Haircut Portraits by Grace Chon

Calvin After (grooming by Koko Fukaya)

Dog Haircut Portraits by Grace Chon

Calvin After (grooming by Koko Fukaya)

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My Modern Met granted permission to use photos by Grace Chon.

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