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CARE OF THE BICHONSīCOAT

When you see the snow-white, well-groomed Bichon you may think that the care of his coat must be extremely difficult. This is true to a certain extent even though when you follow the rules properly the situation is not that dramatic.

First of all we don’t leave a white (or even a non-white dog) run around in mud, rain, or other dirt. Normally it is necessary to bath a Bichon once in 6-10 weeks, according to need and the surroundings the dog lives in. When drying with a blow dryer, it is important to stretch the coat from the skin so that it doesn’t dry curly. The important thing is that the coat be thoroughly combed before bathing and that is from the skin outwards on all parts of his body.

Only then can you continue with the grooming, when the bichon is cut into a desired style. When you are NOT preparing for a Dog Show it is better to keep him shorter. This is better not only for an easier upkeep, but also for a quicker regeneration of the coat. If you manage to keep the Bichon well combed from the beginning and you never allow the coat to get matted then it is enough to comb him once or twice a week. If the Bichon’s coat is really well combed through then it is a question of 10 minutes. But if you neglect the care of the coat then the only thing the groomer will be able to do is to shave him completely. And believe me that the coat won’t grow in a matter of months; especially on the head and behind the neck it will take more like a year or even more.

 

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