Bolognese Dog



Genetically related with Havanese and the Bichon Frise, the Bolognese is a breed that was developed in Italy around the 11th century. The name refers to the central Italian city of Bologna. Dogs of this breed were real darlings of many Renaissance artists, and were often given as a gift to the Belgian royal court. However, with the passage of this period, the Bolognese breed almost became extinct. Fortunately, the breed was saved and restored by Jean Franco Giannella, but to this day it remains quite rare in other countries.

Height: 9-12 inches  Weight: 8-14 pounds  Lifespan:12-16 years


The Bolognese Dog is a small, sturdy, compact dog. These dogs are obedient, faithful and easygoing pets. Bolognese Dog is known for they intelligence, playfulness and charm.


Dogs of this breed get along well with children, especially with older ones. They easily find a common language with other animals. The Bolognese dog becomes really attached to his family, and he becomes lonesome if left alone for a long time. In this case, the Bolognese barks incessantly and becomes damaging to the environment. This is very timid and shy dog, suspicious of strangers, so it is necessary to conduct timely socialization. Bolognese has a sharp vision and good hearing, which makes him an excellent watchdog.

Coat / Care:

Bolognese dogs have long, dense and fluffy white coat, evenly covering the whole body from the head to tail. This breed does not shed; nevertheless, it needs daily combing to avoid tangling. Professional grooming is recommended at least once a month. Bolognese are typically a healthy breed and are not prone to any major problems.


The Bolognese needs early socialization and obedience training. Bolognese dogs are very smart which makes them good students. Since they have trouble adjusting to house rules, it is best to keep them in a special box at first. Education should be strict but respectful.


The Bolognese Dog is suited for a city apartment, if he is not neglected. This breed needs constant companionship with its owner and requires daily exercising, such as long walks on a leash or free-style games outdoors.

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