The Fu Manchu is technically the Miki breed “show” cut. What exactly is a Miki, you ask? Personally I believe it’s a Guinea pig with long hair and a hefty price tag. However if you ask Miki owners and breeders it’s either an ancient breed from Thailand or a concoction of breeder by the name of Micki Mackin in the late 1980’s.Whatever their origins be, when grooming these little 3 lb fur balls a smile always comes across my face. How can you not smirk when giving a Kung Fu hairstyle
The Fu Manchu does not need apply only to Miki. I have used it on shih tzu and yorkie type dogs that either the parents want something unique or the dog has a matted face. The hairstyle is fairly simple to achieve.
First the feet are cleaned in the same manner as one does with a poodle. I normally use a #10 on my Miki feet, but a #15 or a 5/8 toe would be fabulous as well. If doing it for a true Miki fanatic DO NOT shave the sanitary. For some unknown reason if a Miki is going the be shown then sanitary may not be shaved. Apparently dingle berries add to the confirmation of the animal.
After the feet have been properly shaved, I move to the head area. I have used everything for a #7 with the grain, a #7 rev or a #10 with the grain to achieve the look. It truly depends on owner preference. Also, take into account the coloring of the dog. If it is a white or apricot you may want to go with the #7 with the grain or a longer blade so that the head skin doesn’t appear too pink.
The head is very similar to a schnauzer. The trim goes from the area right in front of the eye back towards the body. The neck area is made into a V and stops right at the back of the ear. The top of the head is trimmed to the occiput. Leave the ears, beard and mustache.
The rest of the body is left flowing and long. If the owner is having trouble keeping the hair properly combed out you can de-bulk the coat with thinning shears