Bolognese At a Glance

Country of Origin:


Breed Group:

AKC (FSS); FCI (Companion and Toy); KC (Toy); UKC (Companion)


Small. Weight: 4.5-9 lbs; Height: Male: 10.5-12, Female: 10-11 inches


Dense and fluffy!



Life Span:

13 to 15 years

Breed Profile

Affection Level – 100
Barking Tendencies – 60
Cat Friendly – 100
Cold Weather Tolerance – 40
Exercise Needs – 40
General Health – 50
Grooming Needs – 100
Hot Weather Tolerance – 60
Intelligence – 60
Kid Friendly – 60
Playfulness – 60
Shedding Level – 20
Social Needs – 100
Watchdog Ability – 80

Did You Know?

A favorite of Renaissance nobility, this breed was often presented to Belgian Royalty as presents.

Bolognese Overview

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 presents. With the passing of nobility, the breed nearly became extinct. The breed was restored and revived by Gian Franco Giannelli and is fairly rare in the United States.

Bolognese Characteristics

This dog breed is small, sturdy and compact. They tend to be extremely docile, but enthusiastic and devoted. This breed is highly intelligent, with a pleasant nature and vibrant expression.

Bolognese Temperament

This dog breed is best suited to a home with older, considerate children. The dog generally gets along well with other animals. The dog bonds very closely with their family and suffers from separation anxiety if ignored or left alone for extended periods. When anxious, the breed tends to become destructive and bark incessantly. The dog has keen eyesight and acute hearing, making them good watchdogs .

Bolognese Care

This dog breed requires daily brushing to prevent matting. Professional grooming once a month is recommended. The breed has no know health issues, but this could be due to the rarity of the breed.

Bolognese Coat

The coat of the breed 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.

Bolognese Training

Early socialization and obedience training are a must for the dog. This dog breed learns very quickly, but can be difficult to house train and the crate method is advised. Training must be done with firmness fairness, and consistency.

Bolognese Activity

This dog breed adapts well to apartment living, provided they are given time and attention and are not left alone for extended periods of time. The  breed thrives on companionship and enjoys a daily walk or free play in a small yard.

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