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 dont 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 doesnt
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
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 Bichons 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
grow in a matter of months; especially on the head and behind the neck
it will take more like a year or even more.