Dog with geometrically groomed fur
(Photo: Xiao Mo)

Earlier this year, the Internet revealed the latest eccentric pet trend: topiary-esque dog grooming!

The strange fur-do's are only suitable for pups with extra long manes, such as poodles, bichon frises and shih tzu, but even if your dog doesn't have enough fur to "make the cut," you can still admire these photos of rectangular and circular designs captured by groomers and owners.

Before/After: Black poodle gets a geometric grooming
(Photo: Xiao Mo)

NPR's Elise Hu recently visited one of these groomers, Xiao Mo, at his shop in Taipei to observe one of these eccentric hair cuts as well as learn more about how this strange pet fad got started.

As Hu explains in her article, Xiao Mo "didn't become a master groomer overnight. [He] has spent the past 13 years perfecting his skills, grooming dogs' heads into squares, spheres, triangles, flowers and, lately, pushing for even more possibilities."

Of course, that expertise comes with a hefty price tag. If you're thinking about taking your pup in for a cut with a professional like Mo, it'll set you back $75.

A white poodle 'winks' after receiving a circle-shaped cut.
(Photo: Xiao Mo)

Another thing Hu discovered during her visit is that these oddly shaped grooming styles are far from new. They've been a quirky staple of Taiwanese pet ownership for several years, though much of the world didn't know about the trend until photos of Mo's furry designs went viral earlier this year.

Continue below to see more of Mo's work, and be sure to follow his shop on Facebook to stay up to date on his latest doggy topiary masterpieces.

Adorable little brown poodle after receiving a rounded-square hair cut.
(Photo: Xiao Mo)
White dog with a square-shaped haircut
(Photo: Xiao Mo)
Two dogs with geometric hair cuts
(Photo: Xiao Mo)
Light brown poodle with a rounded square geometric cut
(Photo: Xiao Mo)

Catie Leary ( @catieleary ) writes about science, travel, animals and the arts.