How to groom a Poochon

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The Poochon is part-Poodle and part-Bichon Frise. It is a small dog, which grows to an average height of 33 centimetres (13 inches) at the shoulder. Poochons can live for up to 15 years. Their colouring is usually white or off-white. Poochons are highly energetic and require a lot of exercise.

These friendly little dogs are fiercely loyal, often making them great guard-dogs. It is very important Poochons are groomed regularly. This is due to the fact that these little dogs do not shed.

Taking care of the coat of a Poochon

Certain steps need to be followed when grooming a Poochon. Firstly, obtain a rubber mat that is big enough for the Poochon to stand on. A rubber surface will prevent the dog from slipping, and risking injury, while grooming is taking place. Place the dog on the mat. Always use a rotating pin-comb to comb a Poochon. This is a specific type of comb that is comprised of rotating, metal teeth that are designed to untangle thick hair. Do not use blunt scissors to cut tangled hair. This may cause the dog pain during the grooming process.

The hair on the legs of a Poochon should be brushed in a downward direction. The body must be brushed towards the tail. Brush the tail of a Poochon away from its body, not towards it. Ensure that brushing goes right down to the skin. Matted hair on the face should be cut with a pair of sharp scissors. Snip carefully around the eyes to ensure that the dog's vision is not impaired by long, straggly hair. Comb the head and face in a downwards direction.

Every two months the coat of a Poochon will require trimming. Poochon coats come in two distinct varieties. One is the tight and curly appearance that is typical of poodles and the other is the distinctive fluffy look of the Bichon Frise. Trimming of both types of coat must be undertaken with electric clippers that have interchangeable blades of varying lengths. This will allow you to determine how long, or how short, you want the coat to appear. The legs should be trimmed in a downwards fashion. Trim the body in the direction of the tail.