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Bolognese

Great beauty and character with a coat of white flocks


BREED ORIGINS

The Bolognese was developed centuries ago in Bologna, Italy, and it is written that they were already valued in Italy as early as the Eleventh and Twelfth centuries. Because of its beauty, grace and charm, it became a favorite of the nobility during the Renaissance. King Umberto of Italy gave a beautiful little Bolognese to Princess Jose of Belgium on her birthday. Also, in 1668 Cosimo de Medici sent eight Bolognese by royal courier and asked his friend Colonel Alamanni in Belgium that these be given as gifts to several of the wealthy and influential families of Brussels. As time passed and the nobility passed along with it, the Bolognese went almost extinct. A few breeders in Europe, however, and especially one man in Italy, Gian Franco Giannelli, who loved the breed, restored it to its present-day popularity.

Read more about the history of this breed – HERE

OTHER NAMES – Bichon Bolognese, Bolo, Bolognese Toy Dog


LIVING WITH THIS BREED

The Bolognese is a happy, playful and friendly dog, who enjoys the companionship of their owner. They can make a good family pet or a sweet companion for any individual. The breed loves children; however, they should always be supervised when interacting with a child. Children can sometimes play a bit too rough, which may hurt the dog or cause them to bite out of fear or pain. If they have been properly socialised, they will enjoy meeting new people and other dogs. They are a small breed, but do not have a small dog’s “yappy” bark and they are not known to be a big barker. They would make great apartment dogs, provided they would still have a moderate exercise schedule. As a calm, easygoing dog, they would do well as companions for retirees and seniors. Options for exercise could include play time in the garden, preferably fenced, or taken for walks. Indoor entertainment, like hide-and-seek, chasing a ball rolled along the floor, or teaching them new tricks are excellent low-key activities for the low-energy, but playful, Bolognese.


BREED INFORMATION

This information is taken from kennel clubs and other reliable sources

COUNTRY OF ORIGINItaly
PURPOSE BRED FORCompanion
OVERALL SIZESmall
TEMPERAMENTFriendly, Devoted, Calm
EXERCISE NEEDED30-60 minutes per day
HEIGHT – MALE27-30 cm / 10½-12 in (to shoulder)
HEIGHT – FEMALE25-28 cm / 10-11 in (to shoulder)
COAT TYPELong and Fluffy
GROOMING NEEDSDaily
RARE BREEDYes
LIFE EXPECTANCY13-16 years

DID YOU KNOW?

  • The Bolognese is part of the Bichon group of dogs (Maltese, Havanese, Bichon Frise, and the Coton de Tulear).
  • The long, fluffy coat of the Bolognese needs to be brushed daily to avoid matting. Some owners keep the hair short which makes them look ‘puppyish’!
  • This breed does not usually shed making this canine ideal for people with allergies.
  • Bolognese dog requires plenty of attention and it can suffer from separation anxiety when it is left alone for more than few hours.
  • Even in its native country of Italy the Bolognese is quite a rare dog breed.

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PHOTO GALLERY

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VIDEOS

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WEBSITES ABOUT THE BOLOGNESE

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