The Bolognese!

The Bolognese (also called the Bichon Bolognese) is a small, sturdy dog with a fluffy and dense white coat, consisting of long locks with no undercoat. It is a toy dog and shares many physical features with those of its cousins, the Bichon Frese, the Maltese, and the Bichon Havanese. The Bolognese is of a solid build, with its body length being equal to its height at withers. The head is of average length and ears are set wide apart, giving the Bolognese a square appearance.

Some Quick Facts:

Life Expectancy:
10-14 years

Energy Level:
Docile and calm.

Living Conditions:
Small apartments fine.

Less than average.

Exercise Needs:
Daily 30 minute walk.

Breed Group:


9-13 inches

5-9 pounds

Standard Hair Colors:
White, off-white, champagne

National breed club:
Bichon Bolognese Association of America

Bolognese Skills

The Bolognese originally hail from the country of Italy and is thought to share ancestral blood with the Bichons of Malta and southern Italy. As early as the 11th century, they were developed in the city of Bologna and became immensely popular with the nobility and the ruling class during the 1500s. Although the nobility gradually lost interest in them, breeders in Belgium and Italy made them visible once more. Today, although classified as a rare breed, they are the perfect companion dogs for families.

Bolognese Personality

The Bolognese is extremely affectionate. It is a perfect dog to consider for the family because of its docility. The Bolognese is also rather inclined to be non-active than active. It is a bright, intelligent dog that has a tendency to bond closely to its owner, making it difficult for it to be left alone. Generally, they are not aggressive or yappy dogs, and they make excellent companions for children and other dogs.

Exercise Needs

A half-hour daily exercise is considered normal. Take the Bolognese out on several short walks each day and alternate with long walks; they will not protest. If there is a garden area for them to play in, they will use it.

Living Conditions

Like the other breeds in its family, the Bluetick coonhound will not thrive in a small apartment. It needs a large area to play and exercise in; it is wise to keep the dog in a safe or well-fenced area as it has a tendency to follow a new and interesting scent.

Grooming Requirements

The Bolognese's coat length varies from medium to long and does not need trimming, but may also require a professional groomer. The coat needs to be groomed every day in order to avoid tangling, specifically in the stomach, leg, and ear areas. As the Bolognese does not shed, it becomes necessary to pull out dead hairs manually, including the feet area.

Health Issues

Take note of luxating patellas, eye problems, and elbow and hip dysplasia in the Bolognese. These are relatively common health issues and the Bolognese is a generally healthy breed; their susceptibility to illness is considered low.

If you liked this dog…

...the Havanese was also a dog breed that was much petted by Cuban royalty and nobility, like the Bolognese in Italy. It is slowly gaining in popularity in the United States.



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