Bichon Frise Grooming

Bichon Frise Breed Profile

Average Weight:
Male – 3 – 5.5kg (7 – 12lbs).
Female – 3 – 5.5kg (7 – 12lbs).

Average Height:
Male – 23 – 29cm (9 – 11.5in).
Female – 23 – 29cm (9 – 11.5in).

Coat:
Double coat – coarse outer coat and soft, dense undercoat.

Average Life Span:
13 – 16 years.

Average Litter Size:
 4 – 6 puppies.

Bichon Frise Fast Facts

Ease To Train
Exercise Needs
Grooming Frequency
Energy Level
Protective Instincts
Behaviour Around Children
Relationship With Other Pets
Loyalty To Owner
Ease To Train
Some dogs are easy to train while others require more effort. General breed factors are taken into consideration to determine how easy you should find it to train your dog. On the scale, a 1 indicates that your dog will be difficult to train while a 10 indicates that your dog should be easy to train.

Exercise Needs
Dogs vary greatly in the amount of exercise they need on a daily basis. Some may need long, vigorous walks while a walk around the block will be sufficient for some. A score towards the lower end of the scale means that your dog requires little exercise while a score towards 5 indicates that they have high exercise needs.

Grooming Frequency
Depending on your dog’s coat, the grooming frequency will vary. Some will need brushing every day while others can be groomed once a week. On this scale, a 1 shows that a dog needs very little grooming while a 5 shows they require plenty of upkeep.

Energy Level
Some breeds have incredibly high energy levels and find it difficult to rest while others prefer sleeping for large parts of the day. A score of 1 on the scale indicates the dog has a low energy level while a 5 shows they have extremely high levels of energy.

Protective Instincts
Many dogs have protective instincts and may act wary around strangers while others are much more friendly and accepting. A score of 1 indicates that your dog is unlikely to react to strangers while a score of 5 shows that your dog is likely to be wary.

Behaviour Around Children
Many dogs that are reared and socialised around children understand how to interact with them but some breeds are completely unsuitable to have around children. On this scale, a score of 1 shows that a breed is not good around children while a score of 5 shows they are perfectly compatible.

Relationship With Other Pets
Stereotypically dogs don’t get on with other pets but often this is not the case; many dogs enjoy the company of other animals. A score of 1 shows that it is not a good idea to mix a breed with other pets while a 5 indicates they tend to get on well with other animals.

Loyalty To Owner
Most dogs are extremely loyal to their owners and family, although there are a few that are quite independent. A low score of 1 indicates that a breed does not have a strong sense of loyalty while a score of 5 shows that they are extremely loyal.
Unfortunately for owners of this breed, Bichon Frise care is extremely time consuming due to their double coat.  These dogs actually shed very little but the coat still requires a lot of attention.  You can use several tools to create a natural Bichon look, including combs, bristle brushes and slickers.  A double-sided tool such as the 7 Inch Combination Comb would be ideal for lifting the coat and removing any small tangles.  A slicker brush would be ideal for working through the coat on a wider scale, removing knots, mats and any loose hairs.  This is a small step in the Bichon Frise care routine.

When it comes to more in-depth Bichon Frise care, you may wish to take your dog to a professional groomer.  However, if you wish to trim the fur yourself it is best to use a good pair of scissors such as the 6.5 Inch Roseline Straight Bull Nosed Scissors to sculpt the fur, usually into a compact shape.  With Bichons, it is also important to trim the fur around the eyes, face and tail so that your dog remains comfortable, which is the aim of Bichon Frise care.

Your Bichon Frise care should also involve a lot of work around the eyes.  As mentioned above, the hair can grow into and around the eyes, leading to irritation and sometimes infection.  To trim the hair it is best to use a safe pair of scissors such as a small, bull-nosed pair so that your dog is not harmed.  During this process you should also take time to clean away any discharge around the eyes as it can easily stain.  Using the Show Tech Tear Stain Wax Sticks will cover up any stains and complete this aspect of Bichon Frise care.

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