The Bolognese is much like the Bichon Frise but much more determined. These dogs are shy with strangers and form strong bonds with their owners.

These small dogs are loving and faithful towards their family and can be docile at times. The Bolognese can be particularly hard to house train.

Bolognese Facts


Exercise Requirements:      1 star rating

Good with Children:             3 star rating

Easy to Train:                        3 star rating

Good Watchdog:                    3 star rating

Low Shedding:                       5 star rating

Good with Other Pets:         4 star rating

Vital Statistics

Size: 25.5 – 30.5 cm (10 – 12 in)

Weight: 3 – 4 kg (6.5 – 9 lb)

Coat: Long, flocked without curl covering whole head and body

Colour: White. Lips, eyelids, nose and nails are black

Lifespan: 14 years

Special Characteristics

The Bolognese loves company and is described as a quiet, pleasant tender little dog.

Exercise Requirements

These dogs prefer free exercise. Their exercise requirements are classed as low. Will be active around the house, one short walk a day will be enough to keep this breed happy.

Attitude Towards:

Owners: Will be devoted and very affectionate towards their owner.

Children: Usually good around children, but not always.

Other Pets: Good around other pets including cats.

Strangers: Reserved around strangers, will be shy towards them.

Other Unfamiliar Dogs: Can be friendly with other unknown dogs if they have been well socialised with them from an early age.

What to Watch Out For

Because these lovely little dogs love to be around people, most of all their owner, they can suffer from separation problems. These dogs can also be rather hard to house train.

Health Risks

Very little to mention here; Luxating patellar and some eye conditions.

Ideal Owner

The perfect owner for the Bolognese would be someone that is gentle and affectionate that is probably living alone in a quiet household.

If you are out at work all day and intend to leave the dog alone for long periods then this is definitely not the dog for you. These dogs love to be around people all the time and do not do well being left alone for long periods.

More Photos

Bolognese playing with baseball Bolognese laid down with teddy bear

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