Breed Description +

The Bolognese has a long flocked coat which is always pure white and the nose is always black. They are intelligent, affectionate, loyal, and calm dogs. They are highly intelligent and can be easily trained due to their eagerness to please. Bolognese are loyal obedient family dogs who make good companions and are much happier in the company of humans. Though friendly they can sometimes be shy and reserved with strangers and may bark at strange noises.
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  • Observed Weight:

    4 - 13 lb

  • Show Weight:

    3 - 11 lb


Identifying Features:

Average Height: 10 - 12 in


This toy dog breed, which is also known as Bichon Bolognese, is believed to have originated from the Bichons of Southern Italy and Malta. They belong to the Bichon family group, which includes the Bichon Frise, Maltese, Lowchen, Havanese and Coton de Tulear breeds. They have been around since the 11th century in Italy. In the 15th century, they were the owned by the aristocracy and were very popular companion dogs. They were introduced into the United Kingdom in the 19th century. They are still a rare breed even in their country of origin, though steps have been taken by European breeders to increase numbers. A number of well known historical personalities have owned Bologneses including Madame La Marquise Pompadour, Catherine the Great of Russia and more recently Marilyn Monroe. The Bolognese is a member of the American Kennel Club Foundation Stock Service.

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