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Bolognese

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Bolognese

Bolognese are small, stout, and compact dogs. Their coats have long hair lying over the body ? from the topline to the feet. It is rather puffy, not lying flat. The hair around the muzzle is usually shorter. The coat colors are usually pure white with no markings or shading. The skull is egg shaped and has convex sides. The length of the skull is slightly more than the muzzle. The top of the muzzle is straight and the sides parallel. The large, black nose is also on the same line as the muzzle. The round eyes are dark in color and the rim of the eyes should be black. The teeth meet in an even alignment. The ears are set high and wide on the head giving a square-like appearance. The neck is medium length without dewlaps. The chest is abundant, going down to the Bolognese elbows. They have well sprung ribs and carry their tails high and set over their backs.

Temperament Bolognese's are vivacious, docile, playful, happy, and enterprising dogs. This breed develops a strong bond with their owners. Due to this, they have a hard time being alone and will howl mournfully. They love children and get along with other dogs. They can be reserved around strangers and should be socialized at an early age to become accustomed to various people and noises. When this breed is indoors, they are calm and usually follow their owner around. If outdoors, they love to play, getting rough and rowdy. This breed will bark to notify their owner if something is unusual, but is generally not an excessive barker.
Height, Weight Male Height: 10-12" ; Weight: 4-9 lbs.
Female Height: 10-11" ; Weight: 4-9 lbs.
Health Problems The Bolognese is a healthy breed with no known health problems or concerns.
Living Conditions The Bolognese will do okay living in an apartment. They are not hyper nor are they excessive barkers. They do best when they are not left alone for long periods of time as they do tend to howl when they are alone.
Exercise They are relatively active indoors and play will take care of a lot of their exercise needs; however, dogs who do not get a daily walk may display behavior problems. This breed also loves to romp in a safe area.
Life Expectancy About 14-16 years
Grooming This breed's coat requires daily brushing to prevent it from becoming matted. Monthly grooming sessions are recommended. They shed little or no hair.
Origin The Bolognese breed belongs to the Bichon family group, which includes the Bichon Frise, Havanese, Coton de Tulear, Maltese and Löwchen. All of the Bichon breeds have some similarities, but the Bolognese is a distinctive breed. This breed was developed centuries ago in Bologna, Italy as early as the 11th and 12th centuries. During the 1500s this breed was popular with ruling nobility. Cosimo De Medici brought eight dogs to Brussels to be given as gifts to noblemen. During his reign, the King of Spain Phillipe II, received a gift of two Bologneses' from the Duke d'Este. This breed has also been portrayed in paintings of Titian, of Pierre Breughel called le Vieux and Goya. They were introduced in Great Britain during the 18th Century via the Canary Islands. The Bolognese is very rare, even in their native country of Italy. They are recognized by the UKC and have been accepted for recording in the AKC Foundation Stock Service®.
Group AKC/FSS Toy, UKC Companion Dog