This breed truly stands out with curly, bright white fur and a playful personality. Though they’re fun and lovable pets, Bichon Frises require lots of grooming and maintenance—so know what you’re in for!
Bichon Frise literally means “curly toy dog”, and their hair consists of a thick undercoat and a curly topcoat. This means they’re rockin’ an incredible coif, but it also means that they require monthly trips to the groomer for haircuts, and lots of brushing at home (in between cuddles and play time).
Unsure of how you want to style that one-of-a-kind mane? We’ve gathered together some Bichon hairstyle options to make your life a little easier—we hope you find one that tickles your (and your pup’s) fancy.
Top Bichon Frise Hairstyles
1. Show Cut
For pups who want to compete as show dogs, the Show Cut is luxurious, extravagant, and hard to miss! For this look, the undercoat is left thick and puffy, and the dog’s outer coat is coarse and curly—giving a perfect, cotton ball look.
This hairstyle takes a lot of skill to master and is done completely with scissors (no clippers here), which means you’ll want to visit an experienced groomer if you’re hoping to achieve this look. To maintain this high style, your dog will need to return to the groomer every month to stay looking their best.
And remember, even if you’re not the one cutting, you will be spending plenty of time every day (!!) brushing and combing to keep tangles at bay. But you probably won’t mind considering how cute your canine will look.
2. Puppy Cut / Lamb Cut
The popular Puppy Cut looks perfect on this breed—and makes coat maintenance much easier than the Show Cut.
Also known as the Lamb Cut, to get this look you simply need to trim the coat down to within a couple of inches of the skin and leave the fur on the head and tail a little longer. This can be done with scissors or clippers, and once you get the hang of it you can even do it at home!
Keep the face a little poofy to give it that innocent puppy appeal, and (even though it’s short) make sure to brush the coat at least a few times a week to keep the hairs from tangling and causing mats.
3. Panda Puppy
Looking for a nice in-between cut for your Bichon that celebrates their lovely locks and doesn’t require you to spend your entire weekend with a brush in hand? The Panda Cut may just be the style for you!
Not quite as long as the Show Cut, this hairstyle is shaggier than the Puppy Cut and keeps the head, tail, chest, and area behind the legs fairly furry.
This does still require a bit of maintenance at home though—you’re going to need to brush every couple of days to make sure they don’t get tangles.
4. Utility Cut
The Utility Cut is a simple, low maintenance cut for the dog that just wants to roll around in the backyard and play fetch. Not interested in fluffing up your pet’s coif? Then clip their coat down close to their skin with this style and call it a day.
You won’t have to worry about tangles or mats, and it’s easy to take care of at home once you learn how to safely use the clippers.
No matter what style you decide on, we know that you’ll find the perfect fit for your dog’s personality. Don’t be afraid to explore some fun and interesting options, just make sure you always keep your dog’s needs on the forefront.
Does your dog dislike being brushed?
Many dogs love to be brushed, but not all do. And unless they got a lot of practice with it as puppies, they may be suspicious when you first introduce them to the brush. Approaching brushing slowly, with positive, non-threatening interactions, is more likely to result in a smoother grooming routine. Here’s how to get your dog to accept—and perhaps even enjoy—brushing:
- Before you even set brush to fur, let your pup make friends with the tool. Start by placing the brush on the ground and throwing high-value treats around and on top of it, encouraging your dog to investigate the funny new object at their speed.
- The simple act of reaching for your dog with the brush can be scary for some dogs. Next, work on reaching out with the brush to very lightly touch your dog’s body with the edge of the bristles. Each time you reach out with the brush, immediately follow it with a high-value treat. Be sure to take extra care (and time, if needed) when brushing around the ears, legs, and genitals.
- When your dog is comfortable with step 2, move on to brushing the fur. Start lightly, alternating each stroke with a reward. Over time, work your way up to pressing more firmly and brushing for several strokes in a row.
Need Dog Grooming?