Breed Group: Foundation Stock Service
Male: 10.5-12; Female: 10-11 inches
Closely related to the Havanese and Bichon Frise, the Bolognese originated in Italy during the 11th century. A favorite of Renaissance nobility, this breed was often presented to Belgian Royalty as gifts. With the passing of nobility the Bolognese nearly became extinct. The breed was restored and revived by Gian Franco Giannelli and is quite rare in the United States.
The Bolognese are small, sturdy, and compact. They are extremely docile, exuberant, and devoted. This breed is highly intelligent and possess a pleasing disposition and vibrant expression.
The Bolognese breed does best in a home with older considerate children. They do well with other animals. The Bolognese form very close bonds with thier family and suffer from separation anxiety if ignored or left alone for extended periods of time. If separation anxiety occurs this breed will become destructive and bark incessantly. They are easily intimidated and are shy and suspicious toward strangers without proper socialization. This Bolognese breed makes a good watchdog due to keen eyesight and acute hearing.
Daily brushing of the Bolognese is required to prevent matting. Monthly grooming is recommended. Due to the rarity of this breed and limited human intervention, the Bolognese have no health issues.
The coat of the Bolognese is long, dense, and fluffy; covering the entire body from head to tail. This is a single coat breed that sheds little to no hair.
Early socialization and obedience training are a must. Bolognese are quick to learn but there may be difficulty in housebreaking. The crate training method is recommended. Training must be done with firmness, fairness, and consistency.
The Bolognese will do okay in an apartment provided they are given time and attention and are not left alone for extended periods of time. This breed thrives on companionship and benefits from a daily walk or free play in a small yard.
Help reduce the number of Bolognese puppies in shelters by doing your due diligence. Many puppies are often purchased with little or no knowledge of what goes into parenting one. Uneducated decisions often leave the puppy in need of adoption and in the care of rescue groups. Bringing home a puppy into your family has many benefits but we first implore you to educate yourself. An informed decision will take into account the characteristics of the breed, your lifestyle, expected veterinary care, the demands and limitations of owning one, their activity requirements and levels of companionship required.
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AnonymousI live in WV and I go to school from 7:00 to 2:30. My mom stays home. I have a 3 year old... I live in WV and I go to school from 7:00 to 2:30. My mom stays home. I have a 3 year old brother and a 4/5 year old sister and a 1 year old brother. If I got a Bolognese dog would it be good for my family? I would not let them hurt the dog but I don't know?
11/1/2012 2:36:11 AM
The Bolognese Dog would do fine in your family home. Just make sure the dog gets the exercise he/she needs every day and they will be happy to play with the family when your siblings get older. An adult dog would be the best thing for your family, as raising a puppy takes a lot of work and it is not fair to expect your mother to raise four children and a puppy.
7/9/2014 9:16:10 PM
Anonymousif i get a bolognese in the summer and when school starts would he freak out when im gone? i go... if i get a bolognese in the summer and when school starts would he freak out when im gone? i go from 5:40 to 3:30.
6/29/2012 9:50:11 PM
Training your dog to be okay with you being gone is the key. Work on crating and training to minimize separation anxiety and your dog should be fine.
7/9/2014 9:16:55 PM
AnonymousI am looking for a small dog that is smart and won't destroy everything! I have school from 6 to... I am looking for a small dog that is smart and won't destroy everything! I have school from 6 to 2:30 would a Bolognese dog be the right one for me and if not what kind of dog should I get?
5/29/2012 3:23:13 PM
The Bolognese Dog should be fine for yourself. But remember, an adult dog that is well trained and well exercised will not be destructive. But crating your dog will give you peace of mind knowing that the dog is in a safe place at all times.
7/9/2014 9:18:00 PM
Anonymousi really want a bolognese puppy but i am at school from 8:20 to 4:00. will this be okay if i... i really want a bolognese puppy but i am at school from 8:20 to 4:00. will this be okay if i leave him/her alone? my neighbors have a pug/bulldog (i dont know) and 2 cats. only the cats come into our garden. will this be okay? does it need long walks, i am only planning on walking a dog max. 30 mins per day.
5/13/2012 12:46:41 PM
A puppy in general is not for you. Puppies need a TON of socialization time, exercise and work put into them. An adult dog is what you need. But not a Bolognese Dog, as they need at least an hour of exercise a day. Unless you plan on adopting an adult or senior dog, do not get one, as most breeds of dogs need at least an hour a day.
7/9/2014 9:19:28 PM
AnonymousDoes the Bolognese bark its head off when a leaf blows by? And also i have an older dog who is... Does the Bolognese bark its head off when a leaf blows by? And also i have an older dog who is a senior. Will this breed go crazy at her too?
3/29/2012 7:12:44 PM
Unless you've met a Bolognese Dog that has barked at a leaf when it blows by, your assumption makes no sense. No well trained, well exercised and well socialized dog will 'go crazy' over a leaf blowing by. If you plan on getting another dog while your senior dog is alive, please do introductions slowly and understand that your senior dog was there first. He/She deserves as much time, if not more as the new dog.
7/9/2014 9:21:04 PM
Anonymousis it normal for bolognese pupps to eat their stool and is it harmful?
1/21/2012 9:21:26 AM
No that is not normal my bolognese has never done that and I am not sure if is harmful or not.
2/21/2012 2:20:33 PM
Anytime a dog starts eating it's own feces (or any feces for that matter) it signals that there is a nutritional lack. Take a look at what you are feeding your dog. Get away from kibble. Look at what a dog would eat in nature if it was wild.... meat and vegetables. No grains. A dogs digestive system is not set up to digest grains. If a dog is properly fed, the stool does not have any smell. Check into the "BARF" diet. If your dog eats feces for a extended time, it can become a habit, which will be hard to break.
8/20/2012 11:04:23 AM
AnonymousI live in Dubai and I purchased my my bolognese from a pet store, he came from Hungary (I think... I live in Dubai and I purchased my my bolognese from a pet store, he came from Hungary (I think he might have been in the store for quit some time). I love him a lot, he is very friendly, but I feel he is not as intelligent as my poodle. He hasnt learned any tricks and doesn't come and cuddle like my other dog. It's so different to what's listed above. Anybody seen this to?
1/8/2012 1:35:39 PM
You have a dog that has not been handled much during the formative time of his development. It affects the way they can relate to people. He is doing the best he can. In time, he will bond to you, but do not expect that he will be as gregarious and smart as you poodle. Remember, he is doing the best he can. Love him and know that he loves you. He just did not learn how to connect when he was a puppy.
8/20/2012 11:09:52 AM
AnonymousI work and live in a residence hall (I have a 2 bedroom apartment on a floor with a bunch of... I work and live in a residence hall (I have a 2 bedroom apartment on a floor with a bunch of college students) and I'm looking for a dog. Would a Bolognese be a good choice if I have non-traditional work hours? Generally, I work 8-12 hours a day, but have some flexibility and am able to take 15-30 minute breaks every 3-4 hours.
10/15/2011 3:17:29 AM
I don't think the Bolognese breed is right for you. If you keep looking you might find the perfect breed :)
12/26/2011 2:58:37 AM
Thank you. After some more research and consideration, I came to the same conclusion. :-)
12/28/2011 2:56:34 PM
AnonymousWould a Bolognese dog jump and annoy my other dog?
7/21/2011 10:08:03 PM
No a Bolognese won't and they will do well with any other pet
10/1/2011 4:42:50 PM
Anonymouswould the bolognese be the right dog for me, with 2 and 4 yr. olds
7/14/2011 12:39:39 AM
No because Bolognese are very sensitive and prefer older children so I don't think this is the right dog but keep looking a dog is waiting for you somewhere!
10/1/2011 4:49:02 PM
I OWN A SHIH-TUS/KING CHARLES SPANIEL. EITHER BREED ARE VERY GOOD WITH CHILDREN FROM YOUNG AGE TO OLDER. BEST OF LUCK.
1/19/2012 11:19:24 PM
AnonymousCan Bolognese be left alone for 6 to 7 hours? Me, my husband and kids are all at school and... Can Bolognese be left alone for 6 to 7 hours? Me, my husband and kids are all at school and work. I am a school teacher and work from 7:30 to 3:00. My kids are in school the same times as me and my husband works 8 hours. He goes in at all different times. Is this the right dog for me?
6/23/2011 2:54:21 PM
No because a Bolognese will go crazy if left alone for a long time.What I mean by crazy is that they will destroy everything!
10/1/2011 4:53:43 PM
To keep a dog from destroying everything:
I don't know how well this works with adult dogs but when you get a single puppy from a litter and will not be able to be with it every second, get a toy similar in size and put a clock inside it, this clock must TICK. It will sound like a heartbeat, then the puppy will have something to relate to while you are gone and not be so lonely
11/14/2011 9:52:24 PM
AnonymousAbout How Long Do Bolognese Live?
5/27/2011 10:48:45 AM
Average 15 years for the Bolognese
5/28/2011 5:36:23 PM
AnonymousAre bolognese good with kids?
4/24/2011 3:27:16 PM
bolognese are very good with children
5/12/2011 10:48:58 AM
No No No No NOOo"!!!!!!!!! Bolognese do not do well with kids in the age of 12 or younger!If you dont believe me,read that paragraph!
10/1/2011 4:59:03 PM
any dog can be well behaved with children depends what raised in, bolognese are usally good with kids but can get shy
2/25/2012 3:24:22 PM
AnonymousAre Bolognese hard to train?
4/21/2011 4:52:07 PM
Yes very hard.
5/23/2011 9:41:07 PM
Bolognese are very hard to train. At least in my case. He hasn't learned anything except for sit.
1/8/2012 1:37:11 PM
AnonymousWhere can you buy a Bolognese?
4/20/2011 10:10:41 PM
Bolognese are very rare
2/29/2012 11:47:53 AM
AnonymousHow big do Bolognese get?
4/19/2011 5:45:27 PM
Bolognese range from 4.5-9lbs
4/20/2011 10:01:19 PM
My Bolognese girl is 12 pounds.
6/24/2011 9:51:48 PM
My bolognese is 16 3/4 pounds....she is of HUNGARIAN PARENTAGE...DO YOU THINK THIS IS WHY SHE IS SO LARGE (NOT FAT...BUT LONGER AND TALLER..,.VERY WELL MUSCLED. DO NOT UNDERSTAND WHY SHE IS SO LARGE. OF COURSE I ONLY HAVE 5 GENERATIONS OF PAPERS) SHE IS WELL SOCIALIZED AND VERY LOW KEY.
10/11/2012 11:42:49 PM
AnonymousHow much do Bolognese cost?
4/10/2011 4:02:10 PM
Bolognese cost between $500-$2,000 usd. Depending on the breeder you can probably get a bolognese for as little as $300.
4/27/2011 9:08:13 PM
depends where you get the bolongnese
2/25/2012 3:29:37 PM
If you find a Bolognese for as little as $300, you can be sure that it is from a "junk" breeder. I breed Bolognese and I know how much it costs me to raise them. Not only do they get the best food and care, I also health test every Bolo in my home, yearly. This is the only way that I can guarantee the health of the puppy. Also, the Bolognese tend to have small litters and should not be bred more than once per year. I would be very suspect of anyone that sells a Bolo for anywhere under $1800. You can go to the American Bolognese Club website for more information under the heading Buyer Beware
2/4/2015 12:43:15 PM
AnonymousI'm still in school and am away from the house about 6 hours a day, five days a week. Would the... I'm still in school and am away from the house about 6 hours a day, five days a week. Would the Bolognese breed be right for me?
4/10/2011 3:18:22 PM
No....bolognese are very demanding of their owners attention and would definately need some kind of companion to be happy
5/12/2011 10:50:03 AM
I dont think so because Bolognese need more companionship than any other dog breed
2/25/2012 3:28:00 PM
AnonymousAre Bolognese really good with other dogs?
3/12/2011 2:24:40 PM
Yes! I have a bolognese and two golden retrievers. They get along great.
3/30/2011 1:59:28 PM
Yes...i have a Bolognese bernese mountain dog and a pitt and they get along great. Also mine is best friends with the cat as well
5/12/2011 10:52:59 AM
1/23/2011 11:10:47 AM
No! We have a 8 month bolognese and I have been very surprised how little he barks. A lot of people that come to my house notice and comment about it. However, he does occasionally bark at the neighbors dog but if I tell him to stop he will.
2/17/2011 12:54:12 AM
My Bolognese barks at every little noise!
6/24/2011 9:53:02 PM
AnonymousAre Bolognese sutibile for familys with young children?
12/31/2010 11:20:03 PM
If the children are not rowdy a Bolognese will do just fine
2/16/2011 8:34:57 PM
YES! I have a 10 year old and 5 year old. We
Constantly have the neighbor kids over and just recently had a birthday party with 14 kids. I thought I'd have to put our Bolognese dog away, but he absolutely loved playing with the kids and was never a problem. My 5 year old also carries him around like a baby and is pretty hard on him. I've been working with her on that. But he is tolerant. He has exceeded our expectations for a family pet!
2/17/2011 12:58:36 AM
AnonymousWhere does these dogs live??
9/22/2010 4:39:32 PM
I think you meant to ask where they are from? Bolognese are originally from Bologna, Italy, and are found all over Europe, but are new to the USA.
9/24/2010 11:58:34 AM
Anonymouswhat is the average size of a bolognese litter?
9/16/2010 5:43:54 PM
Probably around 6 for an average bolognese litter, but we have had as few as 2 and as many as 10 in a litter.
9/24/2010 11:59:20 AM
Are Bolognese dogs good with cats?
2/8/2015 1:40:09 PM
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