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This toy breed originated in Bolgna, Italy as early as the 11th or 12th centuries. The beauty, grace and charm of the Bolognese helped the dog become a favorite of the nobility during the Renaissance era. As the nobility faded, so too did the Bolognese, almost permanently. An Italian and other European breeders took up the cause and ensured the Bolognese’s survival.

Size: 10 to 12 inches, 9 to 11 pounds.

Color: White.

Life span: 14 years.

Health problems: The Bolognese has the distinction of being one of the healthiest breeds of dog.

Bolognese are small dogs covered in a long, fluffy pure white coat from head to toe (or tail). The coat forms into flocks. The Bolognese looks like a square; the length of his body is equal to his height.

Bolognese are serious dogs, and not high energy. They are gentle and more shy than their Bichon Frise cousin. A Bolognese enjoys his family and forms intense, close bonds with their owners. They are a dog full of life, playful and happy and they get along well with everyone, including other pets and strangers.

Outside, they aren’t afraid to get dirty, inside they are quiet and docile. Bolognese love humans so much that they suffer from separation anxiety and may howl when you aren’t there or when you’re not paying enough attention. They have a tendency to be timid. Though a Bolognese has nothing against young children, they are recommended for older children. A Bolognese needs the leadership and limit setting that older children provide. Provide outdoor exercise too: a walk provides additional mental and instinctual stimulation that he can’t get from inside the home.

You will need to brush your Bolognese daily and take him to the groomer monthly. Before you bathe your Bolognese, thoroughly brush out his coat to avoid matting. When he starts to look frayed, clip the tips of his hair. Bolognese love obedience training. These highly intelligent, eager to please dogs are easy to train and rarely require scolding. A Bolognese tends to be able to handle being left alone for only three to four hours at a time.


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