The Bichon Frise dog’s coat is white, dense and curly, with a tail that long and curly or fluffy. Its undercoat is thick and its topcoat is curly. Though a low-maintenance dog in general as it is a non-shedding dog, it does come with high maintenance grooming needs. Monthly cuts are required to remove dander and prevent matting.
Anyone who knows Bichons knows they’re small dogs with potentially big hair. Its hair grows constantly. As such, a minimum of twice-weekly grooming is required in between the monthly cuts, but ideally, every day.
The Most Popular Bichon Frise Hairstyles
The Panda Cut
The Panda cut is much like the Lamb cut, below. However, the hair is not shaved as closely to the body as in the Lamb cut, but instead, is clipped with scissors and electric clippers. In this case, the hairstyle is longer all over. As such, daily brushing is required to remove dead hair and debris.
The Lamb Cut
This is the most practical cut for Bichons that aren’t show dogs. The lamb cut is the shortest cut of all, reducing grooming needs and mats from forming behind their legs and ears, although weekly brushing is still necessary. The coat is shaved closely on the body, but the head and tail fur is left longer. The Bichon’s renowned puffy face shows well with this cut.
The Show Cut
For show dogs, the Bichon Frise is required to have the traditional hairstyle where the undercoat is thick and the outer coat is curly and coarse. The ideal cut allows for the fur to spring back. The Bichon Frise Show cut gives the dog’s fur a rounded appearance, particularly on the head. Groomers only use scissors with this hairstyle.