Bichon grooming is much more of an art than a science. A groomer has an artistic eye towards styling the dog's coat and can take into account the dog's body structure when making decisions. They then use this knowledge to create a cut that beautifully illuminates the dog's building. It is important to know this when you learn to use your bichon. In this article, we will look at a basic style of bichon cut, Lamb Cut, and talk about specific tips and strategies to make your dog look good.
Before we get into styles and grooming tips, it should be noted that the bichon must be washed thoroughly and peeled off before grooming. Bichons are notorious for having tangled, matted hair, so be sure to clean and brush the dog before trying to cut.
In general, there are three basic types of bichon cuts. They are the lamb cut, the modified puppy cut and fuller cut. Here we are going to look at the lamb cut or "straight down". This style is exactly what it sounds like: the body, legs and head are all short with the help of electric mower which results in short hair around. This style cut is preferred by those who have no plans to show their bichons in competitions or during summer time. It is a comfortable style because it is very low maintenance and quite easy to achieve. The benefits include much less matting and hugs and a cooler dog during the hot months.
Lamb Cut Tips
The first decision you have to make is the size of the rocks to be used, and it depends on how long the dog's hair is currently. If it is quite long it is not recommended to cut to the last length in a shot. Instead, use a longer mower first and then cut with a shorter blade. The last length is up to you, but we recommend that you lower the length with smaller and smaller blade lengths until the desired length is achieved.
Some people think that their dog's underside / stomach is trimmed a little closer than the rest of the body. Again, if this is the look you want, it is recommended that you gradually decrease to the desired length.
Another approach that should be taken is to shave in the same direction as hair growth, which is usually from the head to the tail. This is important for both safety and appearance. If you shave against the hair growth you risk catching the skin in the knives and cutting your dog. Shaving with the hair direction also results in a much smoother cut.
The head is the hardest part to shave. This is especially true for the area around the eyes. To achieve the desired look, cut as close as possible to the eyes with the power clips and use scissors to finish. Remember that bichons are prone to watery eyes and eye infections if the hair around them is overgrown, so be especially attentive
Finally, when you are done shaving, you should wash your bichon again. This helps remove loose hair to prevent it from becoming itchy, and it is a good way to not only clean the hair but also the skin.
If you are not planning on entering your bichon in competitions or really love the look of a well-managed dog, this is the most recommended style of cut. It is an easy way for you to maintain a good look for your dog and should take less than two hours a month.