The latest bizarre craze to grip animal lovers Japan involves cutting their dog’s hair so it is shaped like a cube.
The odd results make the poor pooches look more like clunky images from a 1980s computer game.
It is not known where the trend started, but the square-shaped animals are now turning up at dog shows all across Asia.
It does not take long to find a few examples on Twitter…
TIL there is a trend in Japan/Taiwan to shave your dog to look like a cube. pic.twitter.com/zAPH6FdJBZ
— florian.min.js (@prplps) June 2, 2015
And then there’s this…
— Paul Day (@Skunk69) June 3, 2015
Hairdresser Tain Yeh, who runs a parlour in Taipei, said: “It came about because people were always looking for more impressive haircuts, and somebody came up with the idea of shaping the dog like a hedge.”
She added that the dogs did not seem to mind – and that their owners kept coming back time and again. “This sort of haircut needs a lot more maintenance than the regular type,” she admitted.
Thankfully men do not have the same problem, and can now give themselves a gleaming, smooth look using the best head shaver.