my husband is a groomer and a few friends are and they say the bichon is the hardest. not because of its fur but because if you don't get their head rounded just right they come out looking like poodles.
Corded coats (Komondor, puli, etc.) They take forever to dry, forever to wash, and they have to be hand separated. After that, any matted coat. Actually, Allie, huskies are easy, all their hair blows out with our high velocity dryer.
I dont thnk there's any 3 coated breeds. I agree, the corded dogs like komondor and puli are probably among the hardest to groom, especially when the coats are just starting to cord at about 6 months of age. Komondor would be even harder than puli just because the coat is white, pulis come in brown. I've heard that there's not a lot of actual coat care involved in the dogs once their cords are all cared for and matted after about 2 years of age, but that you have to basically use a pressure washer to clean them out, and that if the coat is damp when the dog outside, it collects dust and dirt like you wouldn't believe.
That is definitely "Wench" bait!!! LOL depends, it could be.. the coat with the meanest dog attached to it or... the coat on the sweet 18 year old overweight lhasa with a bad back or... the matted coat of a chow that hasn't seen a brush since last year or.... seriously, it depends on what is "difficult". Man... scissoring on the proper coat of a bichon or poodle on a good dog is like heaven to me... nothing difficult about that!! It's easy to learn how to style them if you really want to ;) But, I think, hands down the coat that I dread working on almost above all the rest is the beautiful silky drop coats of any small breed...... now get this, it's not keeping them long that is awful... it's having to try to give them a haircut that is only lets say 1-3 inches long all over. There is no way on this green earth that I have been able to accomplish a medium length haircut that didn't look like Uncle Bob ran over them with a lawn mower!! The owners seem to think they look just fine.... but all I see in the back of my head is the perfection of the beautifully scissored poodle coat. I like the drop coats shaped for pets, but not really medium lenght... yuck, hard work, if your groomer can do it well, give him/her a good tip! and.... yes, I also believe that keeping a corded coat truly looking nice is probably the biggest challenge out there. I LOVE doing double coated dogs, they come in looking so scruffy, but after deep clean and blow dry with thorough comb out... the dogs look awesome. LOL, personally, I couldn't live with a double coated dog very long!! If this link works, my 8 year old m/n 6.5# 10" toy poodle. http://www.chondrosbycathy.com/modules/gallery/albums/album06/aaf.jpg
Wench: That is a toy poodle. Looks like a bichon. What a beaut! Gorgeous. Now that is a pretty dog and I normally don't prefer white coated dogs. Wow! So fluffy makes you just want to sink your face in their coat. like a pillow