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Japanese Scissor Grooming vs Standard Grooming

You may have heard of Japanese Scissor Grooming as an alternative to a one-size-fits-all grooming technique. Here are a few key differences so you can choose the best grooming finishing techniques for your beloved dog or cat. We all want our pets to look their best. But is a simple trim and wash really bringing out the best in your four-legged friend? There are numerous ways to groom your dogs and cats, but choosing which method suits your pal best needs to be an informed decision.

What is Japanese Scissor Grooming?

Japanese Scissor Grooming or Japanese scissor finishing is a pet grooming technique, using special shears to create playful, unique looks guaranteed to bring out your pet’s best features. Rather than adhering to breed-specific cut guidelines this groom finish creates a unique aesthetic. Think of it, perhaps, of the difference between “just getting a haircut” and consulting with a stylist for a hair makeover. Common features you will see in pets who receive a Japanese scissor finishing are legs that mimic pants, a focus on the head and face, true symmetry from one side to the other, and shorter hair around the eyes. In the ears, you will see the most expression resembling a “bob haircut” or a “teddy-bear” look. Others keep the ears long, creating the appearance of long flowing tresses.

Japanese Shears versus German Sheers

When it comes to dog grooming, there are two broad categories of sheers used, Japanese shears and German sheers. Both have their advantages. Japanese shears are made of a better-quality steel, which allows the blade to hold a sharper edge. The sheers have a convex edge and a sharp point. The groomer uses smooth, quick actions to create a clean cut. In contrast, German shears have a serrated, straighter shape, and have a crisper finish.

These professional scissors cost $800+ each. Master groomers (very experienced groomers) find that both these types of scissors help sculpt those thick coated pets.

Is Japanese Scissor Grooming a Good Grooming Method for My Pet?

Thick fur is the ideal canvas for a master dog groomer Vancouver to let their skills shine. Breeds that benefit most but are not limited too are Bichons, Cocker Spaniels, Lhasa Apposes, Maltese, Poodles, Shih Tzu’s, Doodles, Schnauzers, and Yorkies. Many other breeds can benefit from Japanese scissor finishing techniques.

Benefits of Japanese Scissor Grooming

Besides the obvious benefits of a clean, new look for your pet, there are numerous other benefits that come with Japanese Scissor Grooming. With much of the emphasis being on keeping the hair on the face short this helps keep the face clean. This helps prevent lingering food debris. Japanese scissor finishing also removes excess coat away from the underarm area. This helps prevent long hair from being caught in harnesses and matting.