Roxy the Bichon Frise

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This fabulous, fluffy Bichon Frise is Roxy! She is 10 years old! 

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The Bichon Frise, or Bichon, originated in Spain. They were companion animals for Spanish sailors. “The [breed] had success in France during the Renaissance under Francis I (1515–1547), but its popularity skyrocketed in the court of Henry III (1574–1589). The breed also enjoyed considerable success in Spain as a favorite of the Infantas, and painters of the Spanish school often included them in their works. For example, the famous artist, Francisco de Goya, included a Bichon in several of his works.”[1]

The Bichon was introduced in the United States in the late 1950s.

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Bichon Frise shed minimally, but like Poodles, when they do shed they do not drop hair, instead loose hair becomes trapped in their dense curly fur. Bichons are usually placed on the list of “hypoallergenic” dog breeds; however, no dog is truly hypoallergenic, all dogs shed and release dander. Bichons tend to shed minimally. They can be prone to matting, so they greatly benefit from daily brushing.  

Bichons should typically be groomed every 4 – 8 weeks depending on their length and style. Bichons with a long traditional “show cut” require a lot of brushing and frequent grooming.

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Bichon Frise are known to be extremely cheerful and intelligent dogs. They have been immortalized in paintings and music! 

Barbara Streisand had a Bichon named Sammy. "The
famous singer loved Sammy so much that she recorded a version of the 1936 Chaplin song called ‘Smile’ for Sammy two days after he died. When the Humane Society of United States heard about Sammy’s death, they contacted Barbra to express their condolences. They also chose the song as their
official anthem of spirit, dedicated for people who have experienced the loss of a pet." [2]

Our groomer Darlene wants to make your Bichon Frise as fluffy and white as Roxy! Call 518-346-2030 to make an appointment today! Follow us on Instagram and Facebook so that you never miss our Groom of the Week! 



[1] Wikipedia "Bichon Frise."

[2] Famous Bichons Around the World

Our groomer Darlene Galli has been a professional dog groomer for over 20 years. She has been our full-time groomer since we opened in 2010. River Road Animal Hospital is a full service veterinary hospital located in Niskayuna, NY. Our mission is to care for your pet with compassion and excellence. We treat dogs, cats, and small pocket pets. In addition to general medicine and surgery, our facility also offers a boarding kennel, doggie daycare, and grooming services.