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12 Bichon Frise Haircut Ideas for 2024

Bichon Frise is known as one of the most high-maintenance little dog breeds when it comes to grooming.

Their continuously growing fur requires frequent trims to keep the fur manageable, but this also allows bichon frise owners to choose different haircuts for their pet dog.

If you are looking for some cute haircuts for your Bichon Frise breed dog and want to learn the techniques for grooming, check out the sections below.

Cute and Comfortable Bichon Frise Haircut Styles

Here are some Bichon Frise haircuts that will not only make your pet look adorable but also ensure their comfort:

1. Teddy Bear Cut

bichon frise with teddy bear haircut

The Teddy Bear Cut is a popular choice for Bichon Frises, giving them a cute, plush-like appearance. This style involves trimming the fur to a moderate length all over the body, creating a rounded, teddy bear-like shape.

How to Achieve This Look

  1. Thoroughly brush your Bichon’s coat to remove any tangles or mats. Bathing your pet before the cut is also advisable to ensure a clean and even trim.
  2. Use clippers to trim the fur to an even length, usually about 1 to 2 inches, depending on your preference. Maintain a uniform length all over the body, legs, and tail.
  3. The key feature of this cut is the round, teddy bear-like face. Carefully use scissors to shape the fur around the face and ears into a rounded form. Be extra cautious around sensitive areas like the eyes and ears.
  4. Brush the coat again to give it a fluffy appearance. Pay attention to the areas around the paws and trim any excess fur to keep them neat.

2. Curly Fluffy Top

Messy Haired Bichon Frise

This style focuses on the natural curls of the Bichon Frise, particularly on the top of the head. The curls are fluffed up to create a voluminous and playful look.

How to Achieve This Look

  1. Shower your dog and towel dry the fur.
  2. Use a round brush to fluff up the curls, focusing on the top of the head.
  3. Trim the fur keeping the top slightly longer.
  4. Use a blow dryer to fluff up the top.

3. Short Summer Cut with Dyed Ashy Furr

If you live in hotter states like Florida, Arizona, New Mexico, etc, give your pup a relaxed and comfortable short haircut during the summer days.

You can give your dog’s fur an ashy tone using a pet-safe dog dye. The short haircut can make your dog look too plain so you can use accessories like a dog collar bow tie for styling your pet.

How to Achieve It

  1. There are plenty of dog dyes available in the market. Use an ashy semi-permanent dye to color the white fur of your Bichon Frise. Choose a darker ashy tone for the top of the head and the throat as shown in the picture. You can leave the rest uncolored or dye it with a light greyish color.
  2. Trim the fur short. You can keep the length an inch across the body and leg, and half an inch on the head. Keep the length a bit longer on the face and ears and use scissors for precision around these sensitive areas.
  3. Choose a comfortable, pet-safe bow tie with a red and white dot pattern. Attach it around your Bichon’s neck with a transparent collar, ensuring it’s secure but not too tight.

4. Middle Parted Cut For Mixed Bichon Frise

bichon frise and shiz tzu mixed breed haircut

If you have a Shiz Tzu and Bichon Frise mixed breed you can try this funny haircut for your pet. The mixed breed is often known for its voluminous fur. A parting of the dog fur on the top of the head will give it a unique look.

How to Achieve This Look

  1. Carefully part the fur from between the eyes. Gently push the fur back and to the side above each eye, ensuring it doesn’t obstruct the dog’s view. Continue the parting along the top of the skull.
  2. Cut the parting on both sides in a straight line. Typically, this length is kept longer. This cut looks like a Bichon Frise with a middle-parted short bob.

5. Longer Hair on Ears

In this style, the fur on the ears is left longer than the rest of the body, creating an elegant contrast and highlighting the face.

How to Achieve This Look

  1. Trim the body fur to a moderate length.
  2. Leave the fur on the ears and tail longer to create a stylish contrast.

6. Round Furry Ball Cut

bichon frise with round shape cut

This cut will make your dog look like a furry ball. The fur on the top, side, and bottom of the skull is lifted which makes the face look like a rounded ball.

How to Achieve This Look

  1. Brush the hair at a vertical angle from the roots. This technique adds volume and fluffiness.
  2. Point the hair dryer at the section of fur you’re brushing. Slowly brush through the fur with the slicker brush, moving in the direction of the fur’s growth. This helps create a fluffy, rounded appearance.
  3. Once the fur is dry and fluffy, start trimming it with grooming scissors. Trim around the face in a circular motion, maintaining a round shape.
  4. Ensure that the round shape is symmetrical on all sides of the face. This might require frequently stepping back to check the overall shape and making minor adjustments.
  5. Trim the fur on the ears to blend seamlessly with the round shape of the face. Cut the hair above the nose in a way that forms an inverted U-shape around the nose.

7. Bowl Cut

bichon frise with blunt bangs

Here is a cool doggo cut for your cool pet. This style looks like the head is covered with a bowl made of hair. The thicker hair from the middle is connected with both ears in a way that looks like the dog is wearing a headset.

How to Achieve This Look

  1. Use a comb to brush the fur in the front direction so it covers the front face.
  2. Cut anything below the upper eye and make the edge line straight on both sides.
  3. Thin out the hair leaving the top a bit thicker in a way that looks connected with the ears. Thinning out dog fur with a thinning shear needs some skills so don’t try this cut at home.

8. Thick And Long Ear

bichon frise long haircut

This is a formal haircut for your male bichon dog. If you are planning to bring your dog while you are attending an event, you can give your dog this cut.

How to Achieve This Look

  1. Allow the fur to grow long and thick.
  2. Trim the fur to an even length except for the fur grown on the ear.
  3. Add volume to the fur on the ear by using your fingers and adding a gap between them. Cut the edge in a wide V-shape at the bottom.

9. Long Layered Cut

bichon frise with long layered haircut

If you have a female Bichon Frise you can give her this haircut and style it with a knot.

How to Achieve This Look

  1. Cut the fur keeping longer layers to create a textured look.
  2. Tie a loose knot on the top using a flower band. Keep the knot loose to make sure it is not pulling your dog’s fur which can hurt it.

10. Cut Short on the Head and Legs

bichon frise with short hair on the face

Want to try a funny haircut on your pet that’ll make it look funny but adorable? This haircut will make your little dog look like a big head cute baby.

How to Achieve This Look

  1. Trim the fur around the face short (0.5 – 1 inch) and leave the hair grown from the bottom part of the ears longer.
  2. Keep the body fur at a moderate length so the curly texture is visible.
  3. Trim the fur in the leg to a similar length as the head.

11. Spiky Hair

bichon frise with mid-part and spiky top hair

This haircut will make your dog look happy all the time! It features a spiky, straight fur on top which makes this style different from the traditional soft and rounded cuts usually seen on this breed.

How to Achieve This Look

  1. Like the middle-parted cut mentioned in this article, part the fur on the top.
  2. Trim the fur in the middle of the head shorter leaving the back of the head and sides longer. Blend the ear fur with the sides.
  3. Create spikes on the top with a dog hair gel. If the fur is too long trim it to a certain length to ensure that the spikes are evenly distributed and have the desired shape and length. The longer fur on the sides will naturally stay down and give a more dramatic effect.

12. Puppy Cut

bichon frise puppy haircut

Mimicking the look of a young puppy, this style involves an even, short trim over the entire body, offering a simple and easy-to-maintain look.

How to Achieve This Look

  1. Trim the fur evenly to a short length all over the body except the fur grown on the top of the head and ear.
  2. Back brush the top and side brush the ear fur. Make the ear fur fluffy with your fingers and brush.

How to Maintain And Groom Bichon Frise Fur Style

The coat of a Bichon Frise is soft and curly, requiring regular maintenance to prevent matting and tangling.

Regular grooming is not only about appearance but also about the comfort of your pet.

Here are key steps to maintain their haircut:

  • Brush your Bichon Frise’s coat at least twice a week with a suitable brush, like a slicker brush, to prevent matting and tangling. This also helps to keep the coat fluffy and in shape.
  • Bathe your Bichon Frise every three to four weeks or as needed. Use a dog-specific shampoo to keep their coat clean and healthy. Ensure to thoroughly rinse out all shampoo to prevent skin irritation.
  • After bathing, gently blow-dry their coat. Use a low heat setting and keep the dryer moving to avoid heat concentration in one area. While blow-drying, brush the coat to keep it fluffy and to prevent mats from forming. Be cautious to avoid directing the air stream directly at your dog’s ear or eyes, as the sound and sensation of the blow dryer might scare them.
  • Schedule regular grooming sessions every four to six weeks to maintain the shape of the haircut. A professional groomer can trim around the eyes, ears, paws, and sanitary areas to keep your dog looking neat and tidy.
  • Regularly check for fleas, ticks, and other parasites. These can cause skin irritation and affect the quality of the coat.
  • Ensure your Bichon Frise has a comfortable sleeping area. Rough surfaces can cause matting and damage to their coat.

So, choose a comfortable haircut for your Bichon Frise dog breed from the above list and maintain it properly.

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Ananya Chowdhury

Ananya is a passionate writer specializing in dog haircuts and styling. With a keen eye for the latest trends, she provides insightful and practical grooming advice for dog owners.