Breed description of the Bolognese
The Bolognese is closely related to the Havanese and Bichon Frize and originated in Italy during the 11th century. This dog was a favorite of the nobility and was often donated to the Belgian Royalty. Because the nobility disappeared more and more, the breed was almost extinct. The breed was revived by Gian Franco Giannelli.
The Bolognese is small, robust and compact. They are very docile, exuberant and dedicated. This breed is very intelligent and has a pleasant attitude and lively expression.
The Bolognese does best in a house with older attentive children. They do well with other animals. The Bolognese is very attached to the family and can therefore be sensitive to separation anxiety. They are easily intimidated and may be shy and suspicious of strangers if no proper socialization has taken place during their training. The Bolognese is a good watchdog because they have a sharp vision and a very good hearing.
Daily brushing of the Bolognese is required to prevent mats. Monthly care is recommended. Due to the rarity of this breed and limited human intervention, the Bolognese has no health problems.
The coat of the Bolognese is long, dense, and fluffy, covering the entire body from head to tail. This breed has no undercoat and hardly hardens.
Training and educating
Early socialization and obedience and education are a must. The Bolognese is a quick pupil but can have difficulty getting clean. Education must be given with firmness, honesty and consistency.
Activity and exercise
The Bolognese will do well in an apartment provided they receive time and attention and are not left alone for a longer period of time. This breed thrives on companionship and benefits from a daily walk or play in a small garden.