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Bolognese Breed Summary

Endearing, Mischievous, Adoring and Loyal

The Bolognese belong to a family of pooches including the Maltese, Havanese, Coton de Tulear and Bichon Frise! They all have loving and sweet personalities and are all fairly similar in appearance. However, many believe the Bolognese breed is the most intelligent within their family.

They make fantastic pets and are really lap dogs at heart as they love 'hoomans' so much! This means they can't be left alone for too long as they can develop separation anxiety.

Fun Fact: These dogs are hypoallergenic meaning they are suitable for owners with allergies!

Kennel Club Group Toy
Lifespan 12 - 15 Years
Height (at the withers) Males 27cm - 30cm, Females 25cm - 28cm
Weight Males 2.5kg - 4kg, Females 2.5kg - 5kg
Coat Long, Straight and Flocked
Colour White
Eye colour Dark
Common health issues Hip dysplasia, Luxating patella, Eye issues, Legg-Calves-Perthes disease, Dental issues
Other Names Bichon Bolognese, Bolognese Toy Dog, the Bologneser, Bolo, the Botoli, the Bottolo.

These pooches are amazing companions due to their adaptability. If you're big on walks, your Bolognese will be by your side. If you prefer chilling with a book at home, your little companion will still be by your side! This is due to their love for humans and their gentle, patient ways. A trait like this also makes them really good with children, providing they are socialised well as pups. One thing to watch out for with these mischievous guys is that they like to get their own way and can often be quite sneaky about it… you don't want to find yourself being manipulated by a fur-ball now, do you? You will also need to make sure that you don't leave them alone for too long as they can suffer from separation anxiety, leading to bad behaviours, such as barking or leaving 'presents' around the house. Overall though, they are a highly entertaining, loyal and happy dog, who only want to love and be loved back.

This ancient breed has been able to rub tails with the likes of Italian Aristocracy and Film Stars, including Madame La Pompadour and Marilyn Monroe! Nowadays, the Bolognese is unfortunately classed as a rare breed in most countries. They are thought to have been around for close to 2,000 years and were mainly seen in Ducal courts in the Italian region of Bologna, thus their name! What makes these doggies so unique is their woolly coat. It doesn't shed like other long-coated breeds, such as their cousins the Bichon Frise, which makes them a perfect companion for someone with dog-hair allergies.