Punk dog

All Photos: Paul Nathan

Colorful canines

In the whimsical world of competitive dog grooming, things can get a 'Groomed' book coverlittle strange. From leopard spots to cartoon characters and even entire scenes, these carefully manicured feats are undeniably among the weirdest and most fascinating that the pup-loving world has to offer. Photographer Paul Nathan captures it all in his new book "Groomed."

While these pampered pooches definitely look as though they've spent long, arduous hours inside a salon, don't fret: Nathan told Feature Shoot that these masterpieces are accomplished over the course of a few days in sessions that do not exceed a few hours at a time — and with nontoxic, semi-permanent dyes.

Take a tour of some of the most giggle-worthy, creative designs of the bunch, many of which were featured at last April's Intergroom conference.

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Clown dog

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Flamingo and parrot

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Leopard

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Goofy

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Poodles

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Palm tree

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Frou frou

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Patterns

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Poodle with an afro

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