40+ Pictures Of Perfectly Primped Pooches

By Louise T

Dog lovers who get it, get it: Dog grooming is an art. Some do it for fun, while others do it because of their competitive spirit. It’s a creative way of grooming your dog while having fun at the same time. You can witness dogs play dress-up and become anything and anyone, from Barbie to Superman.

How does it work? Using razors, dog-safe dyes, and a host of other tools, owners apply colors and all forms of ornaments to transform their dogs into works of art. The results are stunning and, in some cases, quite extreme.

Here are some of the best images of extreme dog grooming from all over the internet. Some of these grooming jobs were absolutely worth it, while others flopped fantastically. Either way, relax and feast your eyes as we take you through these wild displays of art.

Neon Book Equals Neon Dog

Remember when neon-everything was a trend? Lisa Frank’s neon notebooks were always so vibrant and colorful, and this dog reminds us of that. Kudos to this dog owner for bringing back the old times. No one would bat an eye if this pup appeared in an ’80s workout tape.

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Their creativity is top-tier, and we can’t wait to see how shiny and colorful he would look in the dark. If you’re wondering, just like we are, if it’s possible to have a glow-in-the-dark dog, the answer is yes. However, you must use nontoxic dyes.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Puppy

Remember the four talented turtles from the popular animation Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? The show was one of the best, and it featured our beloved ninjas Donatello, Leonardo, Raphael, and Michelangelo. Here’s one we didn’t know about: A cute ninja turtle puppy.

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This dog showed up to receive his award, looking like a ninja turtle. His owner must have worked hard to pull this off because it looks adorable. If he ever joins the show, we bet he’ll win the hearts of everyone.

We Found a Unicorn

Unicorns are mythological creatures resembling a horse, with a single spiraling horn on their head. There have been stories and supposed encounters for centuries, but we haven’t been lucky enough to confirm those claims. Well, not until now, because we just found one.

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Although this one appears to be a little shorter and smaller than we expected, it is still a beautiful work of art. The winged horse with its single horn looks impressive, but we just love the rainbow fur and mane.

A Job Half Done

Giraffes are primarily found in the African savanna region. They are tall herbivores with patterned coats and long necks. This groomer intended to make his dog look like a giraffe, but for some reason, he stopped painting it halfway through.

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This dog doesn’t look like a dog or a giraffe; instead, it looks like one of those extinct creatures we’ve only heard about in the tales of Merlin. Maybe it’s just art, and since the best pieces spark curiosity, that might be the dog owner’s intention.


When it comes to colorful and mouth-watering chocolates, M&Ms are at the top of the sugary heap by a fairly wide margin. The industry has accepted M&M’s dominance and this dog and its owner seem to be big supporters of the brand.

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When your owner’s favorite chocolates are M&Ms, there is every chance that you will end up in an M&M costume. This dog is completely dyed black and decorated in various M&M-colored chocolates. We wonder how those “fur-colates” would taste. Get it? Fur-chocolate? We’ll see ourselves out.

Wealthy Barbie

If a royal family had a dog, we’re guessing it would look just like this. One look at this pup, and you can immediately tell that she comes from a wealthy home and that her groomer loves the color pink.

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Whether the concept was The Pink lady or Pink Friday, the groomer killed it. Those huge sets of pearls on the pooch’s neck perfectly add to the incredible color and bows. Her body is also softly painted in light pink. What a cute dog!

Merry Christmas

We are definitely feeling the holiday vibes after looking at this next doggo. It’s raining green and red, and…is that Mariah Carey we hear in the distance? Here comes the festive doggy mascot to get you into the Christmas spirit!

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His fur is all about festivity. The groomer did a fantastic job with those legs and their spiral design; even the lights look very realistic. He might just be the reason for the season. Though, he doesn’t look very jolly about his Noel-themed fur.

Purple Is Royalty

The groomer could have gone for a different color, but they insisted on purple. Well, if you didn’t know, purple is a color that represents royalty. This Poodle’s bold and soft fur is a perfect testament to that. Doesn’t he look regal?

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This dog looks like the perfect aristocrat in this bright purple dye. From the legs to the tail, this pooch is very pleasing to the eye. We are unsure if this dog is wearing a wig or not, but he could pass for a colorful pop star.

Partner in Crime

To have a crazy fashion sense is one thing, but to have someone who will rock the fits with you is quite another. Imagine taking a stroll with a partner-in-crime who shares your humor and crazy fashion sense—all eyes would be on the two of you.

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Well, this baby girl couldn’t find a person to rock her hot pink outfit with, so she chose her dog, covered from head to paw, just like her. We think they’re killing it. If this isn’t a show-stopper, we don’t know what is.

The Sea Poodle

We never knew dogs could swim into the deepest parts of the ocean to hang with the sea animals and chill in the rare plants. Realistically, it’s impossible, but dog grooming and its creative dressing and costumes can make the impossible possible.

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80% of the vast underwater realm remains unexplored, so a sea dog may actually exist in uncharted waters. This dog even has a turtle, sea urchin, and an octopus all around it, making it seem like it truly belongs under the sea.

Bragging Rights

Giraffes have the longest necks in the world. If they could talk, we think they would brag about this fact. They are the tallest land mammal in the animal kingdom. Well, this giraffe also happens to be the cutest of the bunch.

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Earlier in this list, we saw a half-giraffe slash koala bear, which looked equal parts amusing and ridiculous. Here’s a complete giraffe to feast your eyes on. The only problem is that its neck is hilariously short, unlike a real giraffe.

Care Bears

Care Bears was a popular cartoon series from the 80s that has been replayed for several decades. Just by looking at this image, we bet you’re having the same nostalgic feeling that we are. We get the warm fuzzies from just looking at this Poodle.

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We have to thank the groomer for providing this adorable image. The pink and yellow bears look unique and very similar to the bears in Care Bears. Even the elephant plush on the hind leg is adorable. This is nothing but walking, barking art!

They Smell Like Roses

We all know how terrible doggy doo-doo smells, and no amount of money would get anyone to sniff a dog’s behind. We don’t know how the dogs do it, especially because their sense of smell is so much stronger than ours.

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Well, this Poodle is trying to prove us wrong with that rosy behind. We are almost tempted to believe that the flower carved into his toochie actually smells like a rose. As tempted as we were, we’re going to have to pass on taking a whiff.

An ’80s Superstar

This dog grooming is top-notch. This Poodle almost looks like a Dalmatian. Fun fact: Dalmatians hail from Croatia, and unsurprisingly, Croatia also has a region called Dalmatia. This Poodle that looks like a Dalmatian makes us feel like we’re in Inception.

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This dog’s regal look and beautiful white hair make it also look like Marylin Monroe. We can’t help but notice the resemblance to the ’80s superstar. All this pup needs now is a mic, some lights, and a band, and he could be singing Happy Birthday to the president!

Rag-n-bone Man

Sometimes, groomers don’t care about how horrifying the outcome might be; they just carve and shape dogs into whatever idea they have. Did you know dogs have far more bones—ranging from 300 to 321—than humans do? Maybe you need some visual proof.

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Well, this dog is here to show us some of the bones on its back and legs by having its bone structure painted on him. From the ribs to the femur and vertebrae, here’s the actual rag-n-bone man. This dog would do well in a horror movie.

Thing 1 and Thing 2 Are Back

We know Dr. Seuss’s book The Cat in the Hat was a hit, but we won’t easily forget the mischievous twins called Thing 1 and Thing 2. They were dwarf-like, rambunctious creatures with messy blue hair, white skin, and red body suits.

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Well, they’re back. We remember those twins being quite rambunctious in the book. They would pop out of a box and fly kites all over the house. We are glad this woman has finally caught them and made them behave.

A Desert Dog

This is a tough one. Now, we are going to ignore the ridiculous mass of hair on this dog’s head and focus more on the grooming. We see a horse and a cactus plant side by side on the pup’s stomach.

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The dog looks remarkably similar to the horse carved into his rump. Both of them have jovial smiles that light up a room. The only difference between them is the heavy brows that the dog is sporty. Those make him look more like Eugene Levy.

Rainbow Dog

If you have ever wondered what a rainbow dog looks like, you can now rest easy. This dog is covered from head to paw with several colors, from blue to red to orange and even black. Even the paws are multicolored.

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Come to think of it, the LGBTQ community flag also has many of the same colors that reflect the diversity in the community. So the concept of this art might not be the rainbow, but rather to pay homage to Pride Month.

Proud Colors

Who doesn’t love something colorful? Peacocks, for example, boast impressively when they fan out those beautiful and bright feathers. Peacocks aren’t all that cuddly, though, so we would take a colorful dog over a peacock any day of the week.

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The dog is content with its new look. He must be enjoying his new hue. We think this grooming job came out great and lends a unique vibe to the doggy canvas. Come on and flaunt those proud furs just like a peacock!

Domestic Tiger

Fun fact: The tiger is the largest animal in the cat family and is rivaled only by the lion in terms of strength and ferocity. The tiger can weigh as much as 660 pounds and is mainly found on the Asian continent.

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This person is fortunate to have found one on their kitchen table. This tiger looks harmless and small, but for all we know, we might be wrong. Don’t provoke it! So hey, excellent job, even though his whiskers look more like war paint.

Glow in the Dark

Well, that’s one way to keep track of your dog. This little Poodle is having the time of his life with his new glowing hairstyle. We know how everyone is fascinated by glow in the dark, from lights to shoes to shirts and even phone cases.

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Who would have thought you could own a glow-in-the-dark pet? Look at those ears glowing in the dark. This disco pooch looks ready for a rave. One benefit of a glow-in-the-dark dog: you’ll always know where he is, even if the lights are out.

Groomed Tarzan

Pups are the cutest when properly groomed by experienced hands. We saw the groomed behind of a nice dog beforehand; here’s another one. Puppy behinds definitely work as a great blank canvas, as long as you can temporarily forget about the, uh, anatomical functions, shall we say.

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With the leaves on its behind, he looks like he could swing from tree to tree. With a growing forest occupying more than half of the pup, we would expect him to do nothing less. So, we’ll wait for those Tarzan moves.

Keep Your Zebra on a Leash

We all know zebras are tall herbivores found in Africa that have black and white stripes all over their body. They belong to the same family as donkeys and horses. However, they have distinct features that differentiate them from the others.

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Take a look at those hooves and mane! Are we sure this is not a pony? It looks like a zebra with those black and white stripes on its body. However, we have never seen anyone take a zebra on a walk.

Wizard of Oz

We all know Wizard of Oz and how the story played out. The naive Dorothy and her dog Toto were swept away by a tornado and landed in the Land of Oz, where they met Tin Man, The Cowardly Lion, and the rest of the gang.

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This person is clearly a fan of the film, and she groomed the lion and the wizard on her pet’s fur to prove it. It’s incredible how far people will go to show their love for their favorite movie characters.

Dream Come True

The Smurfs cartoon really had nothing special going for it. At its core, it was just about blue people living in the forest. The cartoon was endearing to kids who loved the show, but that was all there was to it.

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The show has so many males, but the one female character is the one who always gets the most attention. This groomer decided to finally put the spotlight on one of the male characters in the show by drawing a big picture on this doggie’s haunch.

Extreme Grooming

Groomers often try to incorporate other animals when they shape and carve their pets. Sometimes, the groomers even go so far as to make it look like another creature hopped on the dog’s back. This time, instead of an animal on the dog’s rump, we have a flower.

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With wild scattered purple hair, dye in multiple colors, and questionable flora, this grooming artwork is not one of our favorites. The only redeeming aspect of this photo is the pup’s adorable face. He looks a little bit scared, though. Blink twice if you need help!

Tie Dye Coat

Remember when the tie-dye fashion trend made a massive comeback in early 2019? Everyone was rocking tie-dyed T-shirts again. Some people took it even further and got entire matching tie-dye outfits, complete with T-shirts, pants, and even scarves. What a time!

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Well, this groomer has transferred the tie-dye fashion trend from clothes to her dog. We are impressed with how well she was able to achieve this. A perfect tie-dyed fur coat for your pet. Now, all that’s left is the matching human outfit.

Happy Poodles Day

Dogs are deceptively expensive. A poodle costs above $1200, and when you take into account the fact that some households have twenty dogs, you can understand that dog owners end up paying a pretty penny for Fido and all his friends.

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However, there’s another way to have many dogs at a fraction of the cost. It’s a buy one, get five more promo! This Poodle is a proud mother to five puppies. Luckily for her, her children aren’t able to run very far away from her.

Whatever Makes Her Happy

There are various types of Poodle haircut styles, such as the teddy bear haircut, the summer cut, the puppy cut, and the German trim. We are, however, unsure what Poodle cut this is in the photo. We’ve certainly never seen it before.

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The cartoon characters look like they took a lot of work. If the grin on the owner’s face is any evidence, we think she is happy with how everything came out. So, we’re going to just ignore the cotton tail to avoid yucking her yum.

Who Shot Cupid?

Grooming is obviously on another level in Thailand, and this picture clearly confirms our beliefs. If you are a Juice Wrld fan, then you might remember the line, “Cupid hit its target,” from the rapper’s hit song Who Shot Cupid?

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Well, we are saddened to inform you that this dog tried to shoot Cupid, failed, and paid the price with an arrow to the behind. Is that love in the air, or is it just pheromones? Sniff and let us know.

Dark Horse

Ever wondered what it would be like to ride a horse? If you’ve never had the experience, we suggest you try it out. We even found a horse for you. You don’t even have to go to a ranch or the countryside to live out your dream.

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Here’s a lovely horse, black as night, with the bridle and even a comfortable brown saddle for you to sit on. Everything is just on point with this grooming, even the extremely long horse’s tail. All this pup needs is a cowboy.

The Clown-Faced Behind

Clowns are comic entertainers and tricksters that are experts at making kids laugh. They make funny faces with huge red noses and maintain a smile that never leaves their faces. Honestly, the incessant smiles can be a little bit creepy.

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Although this dog appears to be a sweetheart, he has a huge clown’s face on his behind. We hate to break it to the groomer, but this looks like Pennywise, the killer clown from the movie It. As frightening as his toosh looks, we can’t help but love this doggo.

Wonder Dog

Wait, Wonder Woman has a pet? If Diana did own an animal, something tells us it would not be a dog. However, this dog’s groomer doesn’t care about that; she’s just a fan who wants her dog in Wonder Woman’s outfit.

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This will not be the first or last time we see a dog in a superhero costume. It’s becoming a habit for dog owners to dress their dogs up in the outfit of their favorite characters. This is dog grooming, after all.

Spider-Man Too

We are delighted to announce that after tirelessly scouring the internet, we have finally found the person posing as spiderman. They have been going around town with a black web on their back. We must admit it is not the most inconspicuous disguise.

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Yeah, it turns out this dog wanted to fight crime. The groomers did a great job painting the webs on the back of the dog. If spider dog did exist, though, we don’t think it’d be all that good at web-slinging since you kind of need opposable thumbs for that to work.

The Noble Dog

There are dogs of noble birth, and here is one that emits such nobility. Parents love to play dress-up with their kids, but with extreme dog grooming, they have decided to take it a notch further by dressing their dogs like princesses.

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They say that heavy is the head that wears the crown; we’re sure all this dress-up and hairdo maintenance must be tiring for this dog. We wonder how many hours of stress she must have gone through just to make her owner happy.

Japanese Grooming

We wonder how true this is or if it was Photoshopped to look like this. If it is true, then grooming has taken a whole different turn in Japan, with this Japanese groomer shaving his dogs’ fur into cubic shapes.

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We can’t deny just how cute this hairstyle makes them look. In fact, close observation of this hairstyle reminds us a lot of the art style of Minecraft. This groomer is definitely a fan of the game because the resemblance is uncanny.

Scary Halloween Pawmpkin

Slapping paint on your doggie is an excellent idea; sometimes, people get creative with it. Groomers love to stand out, and painting is one way through which they can display their unique skillset. Halloween is a season to wear scary outfits, decorate Jack O’lanterns, and, apparently, paint dogs.

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This woman does not need a pumpkin to create unique and decorative lanterns for the Halloween season. She can simply shave and shape her dog into looking like a scary Jack O’Llantern with funny-looking ears, a blue tail, and all.

Scorpion or Tarantula?

90 times out of 100, it looks ridiculous when a groomer tries to incorporate the dog’s tail into their grooming creation. They even go as far as disguising it to look like it belongs on whatever creature they are trying to shape into existence.

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The dog just wants to be saved. You can tell from the look in its eyes that someone needs to get that creature off its back. We are at a loss for words—what kind of animal has a scorpion carapace and tarantula legs?

Leopard on the Lawn

Leopards are wild and dangerous animals. These beautiful cats live in the wild with other ferocious felines like lions and tigers. But what would it feel like to have a beautiful leopard lying and posing on the grass on your lawn?

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Well, this person has shown that if you’re a lover of jungle cats and you can’t have (and likely wouldn’t want) a real-life leopard walking around your house, you can simply just paint one. Even the dog is happy in its new skin.

Friendly Lion

“In the jungle, the mighty jungle, the lion sleeps tonight.” This image reminds us of that line from the famous Lion King soundtrack. Grooming competitions can leave you at a loss for words, and this is one of those times.

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This dog, or rather, make-believe lion, appears very meek. Its timidity is unrivaled, much like the Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz. What is a zebra doing taking a nap without worry on this (supposedly ferocious) beast’s back? A friendly lion indeed!

Hot Dog!

No matter how hard you try not to, you can’t help but laugh at this image. We have seen groomers go to extreme lengths to transform their dogs into something out of this world, but a dog in pantyhose is something we have never seen before.

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If you don’t have a dog, then it is high time you consider getting one, and if you do have a dog, you should steal this idea. No matter how wrong this is, it just looks so right. Hot dog!

Broccoli Plant

We know you’re shouting at the screen right now, “That’s not a dog; that’s a plant!” But…have you ever wondered what a Poodle-bush would look like? Here is your answer. We must commend this florist’s skills. Just look at how perfect every angle of his carving is.

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This sculpture must have taken several days and sessions to complete. This design vaguely reminds us of a broccoli plant or maybe a Christmas tree. All that this Poodle-bush needs is some Christmas decorations. We just hope that no dogs pee on this fantastic creation.

Patriotic Groomer

You cannot convince us that the raccoon on that dog’s butt isn’t real. The level of skill it took to carve and paint that raccoon is unimaginable. This dog groomer is the Picasso of dog groomers. She even got all the colors spot on.

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As amazing as the artist is, we must also take a moment to admire her canvas. That good doggo is standing perfectly still and upright so that we can all admire his human’s amazing work. Now, this is what we call a team made in heaven!

Where Did Her Ears Go?

We know what you are thinking because we are thinking the same thing: “how does this dog have nicer hair than us?” Well, some groomers use a razor and their highly developed hairdresser skills to turn their pets into little girls or Barbie princesses.

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This man has transformed his adorable pup into an heiress, and with the look on her face, we can tell she’s sick of it. Those chains weigh a ton, and the bow on her head adds insult to injury. Where did her ears go?