The Lion Cut was originally seen in Portugal in fishing dog breeds in the 17th century and is aptly named because of the resemblance to the way a lion’s head would look. The Lion Cut was originally very functional and allowed working dogs who worked in the water to be less weighted down with fur and more able to work. The Lion Cut also insulated the dog’s face and neck against cold water and air temperatures.
The Lion Cut is a very popular cut with dogs such as the Portuguese Water Dog, Chows and the Pomeranian, or “Pom.” This cut is so popular with the Pomeranian breed that it has also become known as the “Pomeranian Cut,” and is now an AKC (American Kennel Club) standard.
To cut a dog’s fur in a Lion Cut, the head and neck of the dog should be left naturally long. The torso and hindquarters should be shaved closely to the skin. The legs and tail should also be shaved, with “pom-poms” of fur left just above the feet and at the tip of the tail. The long, natural fur should be brushed well and cared for daily.
The Lion Cut is a very high-maintenance cut, and should be touched up on a regular basis. While the Lion Cut can be done at home, it is best to leave the job to a professional groomer. Most groomers recommend a weekly visit to the salon for grooming of a Lion Cut.