Bolognese Breed Information
Known as a white fur ball of charm, the Bolognese is a popular pet for those who know of the breed. The following Bolognese breed information gives you a profile of this pup.
The charming Bolognese has a life expectancy of 13 to 15 years.
The Bolognese descended from the Bichon family of dogs and is cousin to other small, white breeds including the Maltese, Bichon Frise, Havanese and Coton de Tulear. The exact origins of the Bolognese are unknown, but the breed is believed to have been developed in Italy more than 2,000 years.
The Bolognese was extremely popular during the Renaissance and was highly prized by royalty. The Bolognese was considered to be one of the highest symbols of wealth and stature. The Bolognese was often depicted in art from the Renaissance era and was even featured in one of the earliest drafts of the Mona Lisa.
During World War II, the Bolognese nearly went extinct. The breed did not make their way to the United States until the 1980s and is still considered rare today.
The Bolognese weighs 7 to 12 pounds and measure 9 to 12 inches.
The Bolognese has a long, fluffy coat that falls in loose curls. The Bolognese’s coat does not shed so it must be trimmed regularly or it can become matted. Some Bolognese owners choose to maintain the dog’s coat with a “puppy cut” for easier maintenance. The Bolognese should also be brushed daily and bathed when dirty, which can be frequently with an all-white dog.
The Bolognese is calm and obedient.
The Bolognese has a reserved and mellow demeanor, but is also be playful and feisty. The Bolognese is a devoted family dog and grows quite attached to their loved ones. They are happiest when they are included and involved in family activities. The Bolognese craves companionship and can develop separation anxiety if left alone for too long.
The Bolognese is good with children and other pets, but aloof with new people. They will bark at strange noises or people. Although the Bolognese is small, they make effective watch dogs.
The Bolognese is very intelligent and eager to please. The Bolognese is easy to train and responds especially well to positive reinforcement in the form of petting, praise and treats.
Inside the home, the Bolognese is laidback and quiet, but becomes more energetic when outside. The Bolognese needs a daily walk and time to play. They are known for being very adaptable to their family’s activity level and are suited to families with children, singles or empty nesters.
Use the following Bolognese breed information as a tool to learn facts indicating if you and the Bolognese breed are good match.