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Asian Fusion Pet Styling (Part 2 of 3-Part Series: The Legs, Feet, and Tail)

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Video DescriptionAbout Irina "Pina" Pinkusevich


13 minutes, 19 seconds



Asian Fusion is the new styling trend that is taking America by storm. Owners are seeing it all over their social media feeds. Their neighbor’s dogs are sporting the style. If you haven’t yet had a request for this fun, new hairstyle – it won’t be long before you will. Are you ready?

What is Asian Fusion? It’s based on extremes. It’s common to see ultra-short fur on the body combined with much longer coat in other areas. It shies away from classic breed standards and focuses on balance. Some of the styles are over-the-top and not suitable for everyday pets, but there many styles which would work for pet owners.

In this lesson, Irina “Pina” Pinkusevich, demonstrates one of her favorites Asian styles. This trim is easy to do. It’s practical. It’s appealing. And it’s a low maintenance haircut for the owner. Even though this trim is quick, it gives the full essence of the Asian style.

Pina walks you through this entire haircut. If you apply these concepts, it’s easy to turn a simple pet haircut into something unique with a bit more style.

For the haircut, she uses short guard combs on the body. As she gets into the fuller styled legs, she switches to scissors, blenders, and chunkers.

Throughout the entire lesson, Pina shares her favorite products and tools to get the job accomplished in no time.

In this lesson, you will learn:

  • pricing suggestions for Asian influenced trim styles.
  • how long this type of trim should take to complete.
  • classic components of Asian Fusion styling.
  • a helpful trick for the owners when dealing with the dog’s muzzle.
  • how to create a fun ear style creating harmony with the overall haircut.

Irina "Pina" Pinkusevich

Certifications: NCMG

Irina "Pina" Pinkusevich immigrated from The Ukraine in 1989. She realized her passion as a Pet Stylist while working part-time as a bather. In the earlier part of her career Irina worked as a Pet Stylist at some of the most high-end grooming salons in New York.

Looking to improve her skills & expand her horizons, Irina entered the world of Competitive Grooming in 2006. In her competitive career Irina has won multiple BIS & Best All Around Groomer awards. She is a two-time recipient of the Lynne Carver Award for the most Best All Around Groomer wins in 2008 & 2010. Irina was also honored to win the Liz Paul Memorial Award for the most Best in Show wins in 2010. She is the winner of the Winner’s Circle Jackpot 2011 where she won $32,500 for grooming Lucas, her champion American Cocker Spaniel. In 2013 she was the winner of another Jackpot & in 2017 she won The World Dog Show’s World Champion Award.

Irina was a member of GroomTeam USA from 2008 through 2013. She competed in the World Championships for the United States in 2009, 2011, & 2013 helping the U.S. team bring home a Silver & two Golds.

Currently, Irina is a national & international judge & lecturer as well as an ambassador for Artero. Irina was awarded the Cardinal Crystal Award for Judge of the Year 2014 & the Barkleigh Honors Award for Up & Coming Speaker of the Year 2014. She has also been nominated for multiple Cardinal Crystal & Barkleigh awards in 2015.

Irina is a National Certified Master Groomer (NCMG) with the National Dog Groomers of America. She is also a Certifier for their company.

Dedicated to improving the industry, Irina teaches at Merryfield School of Pet Grooming in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. She travels the world educating through conferences and seminars. She is also an integral part of Artero’s Jornadas events in Spain and the USA.
Irina is associated with Kiyara Poodles, owned by Michael Lamb and Bill Jividen Jr.. Kiyara is a top breeder of miniature poodles in the United States. She is also associated with Kerryfield Kennels, owned by Virginia Harding & Krizma Kennels owned by Lois Grier, top breeders of Kerry Blue Terriers. With these kennels, Irina has bred and co-owned numerous champion Poodles and Kerry Blue Terriers.

Irina is co-owner of a high-end styling salon in Oakland Park, Florida: Päsh the Canine Boudoir. It is here where she is most often found grooming the amazing show dogs that are her passion.

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