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Meet the Bolognese Dog

Couch Cuddler

Apartment Friendly

Best Fur Friend

Are you looking for a loveable lap dog who will follow you everywhere ? Well, then I’m the pup for you! There’s nothing I love more than spending quality time with my humans. Whether we’re snuggling on the couch or taking leisurely strolls through the neighborhood, I’ll be right by your side, keeping you entertained with my funny and endearing pawsonality!

In fact, I love chilling with my people so much that I tend to get anxious when left alone for too long. While my separation anxiety means I might not be a great fit for humans who work all day, I’m perfect for apartment-dwellers because of my small size. I don’t need much exercise and am a bit of a couch pawtato - hehe! Just know that I can be a little high maintenance: my long, unruly locks require frequent trips to the groomer! At the end of day, if you’re looking for a little, puffy goofball who’s always ready to be the center of attention, you won’t find a better match than me!

About Me

Personality

  • Loyal
  • Friendly
  • Playful

Group

  • Toy

Origin

  • Italy

Life Span

  • 12-14 years

AKC Breed Popularity

Height Range

  • 10-12 Inches

Weight Range

  • 5.5-9 Lbs

Coat Details

Type
    • Long
Texture
  • Curly
Colors
  • White

Hypoallergenic

  • Yes

Cost to Buy

Lifetime Care Cost

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My Many Looks

White

My Breed Characteristics

Training Ability
Intelligence
Exercise Needs
Health Issues
Affection Level
Grooming Effort
Pet-Friendly
Shedding
Kid-Friendly
Barking

Furbulous Fact

Have you heard about my furbulous time in the Hollywood limelight? Many people believe that Marilyn Monroe's dog, Maf, was a Bolognese - although she thought he was a poodle.(A little puposterous, if you ask me!) The legend goes that Frank Sinatra gave Maf to Monroe as a gift in 1961 - and Maf was with Monroe when she tragically died the following year. After her death, Maf went to live with Sinatra's secretary.

As I Grow Up

As you can see, we Bolognese age pretty gracefully. Here are a few key milestones in my growth and development to be aware of as I grow up from a pupper to an adult and senior!

Puppy4-16 Months

Introduce me to plenty of humans and four-legged friends as a puppy so I get used to strangers! Just make sure I get my shots first.

Adult6-12 Months

As I grow into adulthood, don’t be afraid to show me who’s boss! I can become a little stubborn if you let me get my way too often.

Senior10-14 Years

Like other tiny dogs, I often get knee and dental problems. Keep up with my vet visits so I stay healthy and happy in my old age!

History of My Breed

When you hear “Bolognese,” you probably think of the delicious Italian meat sauce of the same name - and it just so happens we share a hometown! Like Bolognese sauce, Bichon Bolognese pups hail from Bologna, Italy, where we rose to pawpularity among the most powerful and wealthy families. In the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, in particular, we found favor with prominent families like the Medicis, the Gonzagas, and the Estes. You can even see us - and our furbulous white coats - in artwork from the time period, specifically 1600s Flemish tapestries!

Royalty kept us around as companion dogs, of course - much like other small white dogs in the Bichon family, including Maltese, Bichon Frise, and Coton de Tulear. But we were also traded around the world and sent as gifts. The famous Cosimo de Medici, for example, sent eight of us to Belgium as presents for influential families in the country. Italy’s King Umberto also gave us as a gift to a Belgian royal - Princess Jose of Belgium. What a furbulous era for the Bolognese!

But all pawesome things must come to an end, and our glorious heyday did, too. By the mid-1900s, we were nearly extinct, until European breeders like Gian Franco Giannelli helped revive us. In 1990, Liz Stannard brought us to England for the first time, and we debuted in the Imported Register show class. It didn’t take long for us to gain a foothold, though. By 1995, we were officially recognized by the United Kennel Club.

Our first appearance in the United States came slightly earlier, around 1986, when Dorothy and Bert Goodale brought us over. We became eligible for American Kennel Club (AKC) shows in July 2008 - and we’re currently in the Foundation Stock Service on our way to full recognition!

Pawesome Pups to Parent

In addition to purebred Bolognese like me, there are tons of pawfectly sweet mixed-breed Bolognese that are looking to find their furever homes. You can learn where to find your next pet below!

Bolo Tzu

Bolognese Dog
Shih Tzu

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Bolonoodle

Bolognese Dog
Poodle

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Bolo Bichon

Bolognese Dog
Bichon Frise

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1

Look out for any joint abnormalities in your Bolognese.

Like most small dogs, Bolognese can be prone to luxating patellas which is when the kneecap slides in and out of a groove in the joint. They can also be prone to Legg–Calvé–Perthes disease, which can cause a lack of blood flow to the femoral head. If you ever notice anything unusual about the way your Bolognese walks, make sure to consult your veterinarian.

2

Keep up with your Bolognese’s teeth by brushing.

Small breeds like the Bolognese can be more prone to dental disease than others. Start brushing your Bolognese’s teeth early to stay ahead of dental disease.

3

Keep up with grooming around your Bolognese’s face.

Bolognese shed very little and don’t require much grooming, but owners will need to make sure that the hair around their eyes is regularly trimmed. If left ungroomed, hairs could irritate your Bolognese’s eyes and lead to tear staining around the eyes.

1

Coach your pup out of its stubbornness.

If your Bolognese is being obstinate and repeating unwanted behaviors, turn around, ignore them for a few seconds, and take a deep breath. The trick is not letting them seize control of the narrative by doing something else to get your attention, whether it's barking or gnawing on the couch chair. Remember to reward the good behaviors with treats and love, ignore the bad behaviors, and always use positive reinforcement to bring out the best in your pup.

2

Give your Bolo a set schedule

Bolognese are commonly an anxious breed. In order to mitigate their anxiety, create a well-thought-out schedule and stick to it daily. Feed your dog at the same time every day, walk your dog at the same time every day, and keep everything tight and controlled. This will help your dog feel safe and secure and will reduce anxiety.

3

Invite your Bolo onto furniture

Instead of picking your Bolo pup up to take them to furniture, invite them up onto furniture. You should have some control over cuddling on furniture, otherwise they’ll feel like the couch and bed are theirs and they won’t have to listen to you. If you’re going to make your Bolo a lap dog, pick a spot where you let them sit in your lap. Don’t let them cuddle with you on everything, although you may feel the urge to. There have to be boundaries somewhere.

Why Get Dog Insurance? from Pumpkin®

While Bolognese dogs are a generally healthy breed, unexpected ruh-rohs can happen to any dog at any age. If your pup gets hurt or sick, pet insurance can help you say ‘yes’ to the best care, even when it’s costly. When it comes to shopping for this breed, you’ll want to choose an insurance like Pumpkin that covers hereditary conditions Bolognese are prone to developing, and that can be costly to treat. While a reputable breeder will conduct genetic testing on your pup’s parents to help minimize the chances of passing down hereditary conditions, they can’t always be avoided. Let’s look at some common ones, and how Pumpkin Insurance could help cover the cost of care!

Patellar Luxation

Bolognese’ small legs make them predisposed to this orthopedic condition where the kneecap (patella) is dislocated from its natural position in the groove of the femur (thigh bone). This health problem can greatly affect mobility, and while some cases are mild, severe ones require surgery.

  • Pumpkin Pays Back*
  • $1,350-$3,150

Legg-Calve-Perthes

This disorder impacts a dog’s hips and is usually diagnosed during the first year of life. It causes inflammation, pain, and can hinder a dog’s ability to walk. X-rays are taken to determine the best treatment option, which can include limiting a dog’s activity, anti-inflammatories, or surgery.


  • Pumpkin Pays Back*
  • $270-$4,500

Shaker Syndrome

This condition occurs in little dogs, like Bolognese, and is characterized by mild to severe full-body tremors and eye movements. Although it looks scary, it doesn’t cause the dog any pain. Some cases require hospitalization for stabilization, but most can be treated with corticosteroids or Valium.


  • Pumpkin Pays Back*
  • $1,350-$5,850

Hip Dysplasia

This orthopedic condition happens when the ball and socket of the hip joint doesn’t develop or work properly, leading to joint deterioration, pain, lameness, and/or arthritis. Mild cases can be managed with prescription meds and physical therapy, but severe ones may require costly surgery.

  • Pumpkin Pays Back*
  • $1,350-$6,300

*Sample shows 90% reimbursement of covered vet bill assuming $250 annual deductible has been met.

About Me

Personality

  • Loyal
  • Friendly
  • Playful

Group

  • Toy

Origin

  • Italy

Life Span

  • 12-14 years

AKC Breed Popularity

Height Range

  • 10-12 Inches

Weight Range

  • 5.5-9 Lbs

Coat Details

Type
    • Long
Texture
  • Curly
Colors
  • White

Hypoallergenic

  • Yes

Cost to Buy

Lifetime Care Cost

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