Bichon Frises are curly little powderpuff lapdogs that do not shed so do require a lot of clipping and grooming to keep them looking their best. For owners that take their treasured pet to a groomer, ask to see pictures of the different clips and coat styles available for your Bichon Frise. Many dog-grooming salons keep a photo album with pictures of many of their doggy clients and the finished hair cut. Other dog groomers even have before and after pictures for customers to look through. Spend some time looking at the many coat styles and then talk to the groomer about the ones you prefer. You should tell the groomer how much time you are willing to spend on grooming daily as some cuts such as the short Lamb Cut require only a minimum length of time grooming while others that are longer, fancier and could require two or more hours of grooming daily. Many people love spending time grooming their Bichon Frise because they find it relaxing while others with hectic lives want a clip that requires very little daily grooming. Any good groomer will be happy to suggest clips and coat styles to meet your requirements.
When looking for a coat style or clip for your Bichon Frise, the shaved down look is cute and easy to maintain. Some refer to this short cut as a Lamb cut. It is an excellent cut for people that want to cut down on the grooming time because the only parts of the body left long are the Bichon Fries tail and head. The rest of their body is cut short, but never so short that you see the dog’s skin. There is very little chance of mats on their legs or body because of the short length, which saves a little time during their daily grooming. Some people refer to the longer or fuller version of this cut as a Teddy Bear, Panda, or Puppy Cut. This coat style leaves the body and legs longer.
For the characteristic Bichon Frise powder puff look, a groomer trims the coat of the Bichon Frise so it shows the body’s natural outline. It is important to round off in all directions but never cut the Bichon Frise coat too short creating a squared off or overly trimmed appearance. They always leave the furnishings of the tail, ears, head, moustache and beard longer and the head hair trimmed creating a rounded effect. The groomer will finish the face by trimming the top line so it looks level.
When looking for a place to have your Bichon Frise clipped, visit several facilities to see how the groomer and staff interact with the dogs and ask do they require vaccinations; are the animals always supervised; and is the place clean and neat. Look through the books showing pictures of dogs they groomed, ask for recommendations, and talk to the groomer to make sure he or she is willing to work with the client.