How to Groom a Canine With a Lion Cut

by Jane Williams, Demand Media

    Bring a bit of the wild into your home by having your pup's hair cut into a style befitting the King of the Jungle. The lion cut crops your pooch's body coat but leaves fuller tufts on his feet, tail and head. The cut's regular home grooming needs combine those of a short-haired pup and a long-haired one.

    Items you will need

    • Rubber grooming mitt
    • Pin brush
    • Slicker brush
    • Wide-tooth comb
    • Detangler spray
    • Shampoo
    • Cotton balls

    Step 1

    Use a rubber grooming mitt on the cropped areas of your pup's coat. Rubber mitts help remove loose hair, stimulate blood flow and wipe away dried surface dirt. Brush with the grain of your dog's coat, applying firm pressure to give him a bit of a massage as you groom. He'll enjoy it and you'll remove dead skin, hair and dirt in the process.

    Step 2

    Brush through the longer sections of his coat using a comb, pin brush or slicker brush. Spray his hair with a detangler before you brush him through, to help prevent breakage and static. Brush often to keep mats at bay and remove loose shed hair. Long-haired breeds or those with thick double coats need daily brushing, while shorter-haired or single-coat breeds can get away with two or three times a week. Increase brushing frequency as necessary to keep up with shedding.

    Step 3

    Wash your pup only when necessary. Bathing your pooch too frequently can strip his skin and coat of important oils and nutrients, especially the portions that are cropped short. Give your pup a bath when he needs it using a gentle dog shampoo. Concentrate your washing primarily on the longer sections of his coat, which get dirtier faster. Use a cup or hand-held shower sprayer to wet his mane and other hair tufts thoroughly. Tilt your pup's head up and keep the water off his face to prevent shampoo from dripping into his eyes. Massage shampoo into his hair. Rinse thoroughly to remove all shampoo residue. Keep his head tilted up as you rinse to keep his face dry and shampoo free. Wipe his face with a wet washcloth with no soap or shampoo for cleaning.

    Step 4

    Give the rest of his body a quick rinse. The shorter the hair, the less dirty it tends to get, so give the cropped areas a quick going-over with little or no shampoo. Rinse thoroughly to remove all shampoo residue to prevent itching or skin irritation later, after it dries.

    Step 5

    Visit your groomer regularly for trims. Do not attempt to clip or trim your pooch yourself, as one unexpected movement from you or your pup can result in a painful and serious injury. Let a professional groomer shave and style your pooch, and tend to the regular trims necessary to keep him looking neat and spiffy.

    Tips

    • Place cotton balls in your pup's ears during bath time to keep water out.
    • Keep a sweater or blanket on hand for your pooch if the temperature cools off in the evenings or at night to keep his shaved sections warm.
    • Have your groomer clip your pup's nails as he gets a touch-up done to his hair-do.
    • Brush your pup's teeth every day to prevent dental disease or bad breath.

    Warnings

    • Shaved dogs can suffer skin damage from the sun without the extra hair to act as a barrier. Those with a lighter coat color are in further danger. Keep your pup safe by offering him plenty of shade if you head outdoors.
    • Although the lion cut can technically work on almost any breed of dog, those with double-coats such as the Pomeranian may not grow their coats back properly after being being sheared.

    About the Author

    Jane Williams began her writing career in 2000 as the writer and editor of a nationwide marketing company. Her articles have appeared on various websites. Williams briefly attended college for a degree in administration before embarking on her writing career.