Do Bichons Have to Be Poofy?

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Written By Thomas Smith

If you’re considering getting a Bichon Frise, an important question to consider is: can they have a shorter cut? The traditional Bichon cut is a lot of work to maintain, so it’s totally reasonable to have a Bichon without the big poofy head and poofy body.

Take my dog Jack for example. Jack is 13 years old and has a ‘puppy cut’, although he’s not actually a puppy anymore. This shorter cut really looks great on Bichons.

Traditionalists might groan upon seeing his haircut, since the ears are exposed and there’s no poof on the feet, so his cut doesn’t follow the breed standard. Still, he’s a pet! If he’s comfortable and happy, that’s what really matters.

The short answer (pun intended) is that Bichon Frises don’t need to be poofy. You can go for the full Bichon cut if you want, but don’t feel guilty if you prefer having a shorter, easier to maintain coat.

If you’re looking for a shorter cut for your Bichon Frise, make sure to go to a good groomer who can cut it right.

Key Takeaways

  • It is possible to keep a Bichon Frise with a shorter cut.
  • It is less work to maintain the shorter cut.
  • Traditionalists may not agree with the shorter cut

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