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Size: Small
25 - 30 cm (9.5 – 11.5 inches)
Weight: 2.5 - 4 kg (5.5 – 8.5 lb)
Life Span: 15 years
Fairly demanding
Alert & happy
Country of Origin:
AKC Group:
Not registered
Other Names:
Bichon Bolognese


The Bolognese is cheerful, intelligent and obedient. Bolognese make very affectionate, happy household companions. They thrive on company, but can be difficult to leave on their own. Bolognese get on well with other dogs and children, but may be more cautious with strangers. Typically the Bolognese is more reserved or shy than its close relation the Bichon Frise. To prevent the Bolognese from being overly timid or shy, it should be well socialized as a puppy with other animals and people.

Daily grooming is required to keep the coat tangle-free, especially on the belly, behind the ears and between the legs. Regular bathing is necessary to maintain a clean white coat. Bolognese do not shed hair and the dead hairs need to be removed by brushing. The ears need to be checked for loose hairs and any dirt/wax build-up. The excess hair between the pads of the feet needs to be trimmed.

Bolognese don't need a great deal of exercise, but they wouldn't turn down a long walk.

The Bolognese got it's name from the northern Italian city of Bologna and descriptions of this breed date back to the 1200 century. These dogs are closely related to the Maltese and Bichon Frise. The Bolognese were originallly bred as companion dogs, but were also used as mousers.

Physical Characteristics:

General Appearance: Compact, alert and rough-and-ready.
Color: Always white.
Coat: Consists of a mass of long, erect locks (described as flocks), that covers the entire body, head and all.
Tail: Carried curved over the back and covered in long locks of hair.
Ears: Set high, hanging and of medium length.
Body: Square, compact build and well muscled legs and body.

Additional Comments:

  • The Bolognese come from the same roots as the Bichon Frise, so it is an intelligent dog. However it's coat looks much rougher than that of a Bichon
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