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Grooming A Bichon Frise

Jul 22, 2008
Although giving a Bichon Frise hair cut can be a difficult process there are a few shorter styles that are easy for the novice groomer to do. Even though it is overwhelming at first to groom a Bichon Frise just remember it will get easier after you follow the steps a few times and then start to do it more often.

The first step you need to take is choosing a Bichon Frise hair cut style. When it comes to simple styles there are three choices. The first is a shaved down or lamb cut which provides you with the closest cut and gets rid of any mats your dog has. The second option is the modified puppy cut which resembles a panda. With this cut you only clip the body and the chest from the Adam's apple to the breastbone, everything else is hand trimmed with the scissors. The last option is a fuller cut or puppy cut, which is entirely hand trimmed with scissors and can be quite difficult without prior grooming experience.

When you first start your Bichon Frise hair cut you should start with the genitals first while the blade is cool. Always be careful that you don't clip any tail hair. Next raise the dog up by their front legs so that they are standing on their rear legs and clip their belly up to the first or second set of nipples. Just make sure you always know where you are clipping.

By feeling the teeth of the blade you know that they are separated which means they can catch skin. This is why you should always clip with the lay of the coat and never against the coat. Check your blade whenever it doesn't seem to be cutting properly since it is likely clogged with hair. When trimming Bichon Frise hair a blade can become clogged quickly.

Next you need to use scissors to hand trim and shape the Bichon head. When it comes to a Bichon Frise hair cut there isn't much that needs to be done on the head, just a little clipping to keep it in proportion to the length of the body coat. It can take a lot of practice or trial and error to shape the head.

Next you will need scissors in order to hand trim and shape the Bichon head. When it comes to a Bichon Frise hair cut there isn't much work to be done on the head. You just need to do some minor clipping in order to keep the head in proportion to the length of the body coat.

Trim away any hair that hangs into the eye so that the eye is exposed, but still keep a little visor to the fur in order to maintain the round appearance. Don't cut any hair that is beyond the outer corner of the eye. Comb the head hair up before scissoring.

To keep the round appearance of the face you want your head hair to be similar to that of the chin hair.
About the Author
Mary Stevenson is a passionate lover of the Bichon Frise and has a popular website where you'll discover how to have a happy, healthy and well behaved Bichon Frise. Among other topics there, you can also learn all about Bichon Frise Grooming styles plus a whole lot more.
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