Barbara Bird, Author

  • Barbara Bird, aka BBird, has been grooming since 1971 and opened Transformation Pet Center in Tucson, Arizona in 1977. In the salon, BBird specializes in Bichons and scissored trims, hand stripping of Terriers, and cat grooming. She has been writing and speaking to groomers for over a decade, and received the Cardinal Crystal Achievement Award as Grooming Journalist of the Year for 2006 and 2007. A regular contributor to Pet Age magazine, Barbara also writes for The Bichon Frise Reporter. She has authored and self-published three books, including Beyond Suds and Scent - Understanding Pet Shampoos and Conditioners. She has also developed a line of aromatherapy products, The Scented Groomer, and conducts online extended education classes at


December 03, 2011



awesome blog!!

kat vogel

hi! Nice article! I would also like to add others from the past that were influencial in establishing the Bichon's grooming pattern. Bernice Richardson (West Coast) and Mary Vogel (East Coast). Mary bred and showed miniature schnauzersin the 60's. She was envolved in Bichons way before they were recognized by AKC and while attracted to the breed she felt they needed scissoring-one only needs to compare the body trims of the Bichon to that of the Schnauzer to see the simularities! Column front legs, and back legs showing angulation flowing to the hock,etc...just thought you folks might get a kick out of this!

Bichon Brothers

I really enjoyed learning some of the history and seeing these great pictures!

Miss Rose's Grooming Salon

As a groomer for over 45 years, I have enjoyed the entire evolution of this lovely breed. I recall doing all of these styles over the years. I still have a client that asks for the bell look on his two Bichons.

It is only right and proper that we mention that the person who has been most influential in instructing and guiding me and many otheret groomers in the proper grooming of the pet Bichon, BBird!


Thanks, Kat, for adding this valuable information.

gail monk

so nice, last 2 are so much cuter.

Colleen Zuber

The scary thing is that I remember some of these clips. It is interesting to see the transformation of the bichon head though. Until you see it in photos it doesn't seem real but real it is. Thanks for taking the time to share with us Barbara.

Bouvier DesFanders

Thank you for posting the past and present bichon heads, Barbara ! these pics show how long some of us have been grooming and remember the styles and what decade they were popular in


I remember trying to brush out that huge beard on my first bichon, before I became a groomer. I don't miss it AT ALL and have so much fun scissoring in these cute round faces.

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