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Bolognese Dog

Bolognese Dog

Bolognese Dog Characteristics: The calm and faithful Bolognese is a breed of small dog classified as a member of the Toy Dog Group. The Bolognese, is characterized by its cute, stocky, compact appearance with a distinctive pure white, long fluffy coat and a calm, devoted expression.

Other characteristics include large, round dark ochre colored eyes; long, high set, pendulous ears; a thick tail, slightly curved at the end and a fluid, active gait. The temperament of the Bolognese can be described as Docile, Reserved, Loyal. The coat type of the Bolognese Dog is described as long, fluffy coat in white coat color.  Due to its characteristics and qualities, the Bolognese demonstrated the desired traits of a Companion dog and is known by its nick name the "Bichon Bolognese". The origin of the Bolognese breed was in Italy where it was developed in the 1500's.

Bolognese Dog Breed Group and Type - Toy Dog Group: The Bolognese is one of the many breeds of dogs that belong to the Toy Dog Group.

Origin of the name: The origin of the name "Bolognese Dog" derives from its place of origin in the city of Bologna in Northern Italy.

Other names for the Bolognese Dog: The breed was originally known as the 'Bichon Bolognese' and was one of the many 'Barbichon' dog breeds, later shortened to 'Bichon' the name that was commonly used describe any "small long-haired dog" before breeds were given specific names.

Bolognese Dog History and Origin: The country of origin of the Bolognese breed was in Italy during the 1500's. However, the ancestors of the Bolognese were known to the ancient Egyptians and were kept at the royal courts of the Pharaohs and were the pampered dogs of Cleopatra.

These ancient dogs were exported from Ancient Egypt by Phoenician traders to Italy and were kept by ladies in the courts of the Roman Emperors. The Bolognese dog became symbols of wealth and status. The Noble Italian Princes and Dukes of the House of Gonzaga ruled in Northern Italy, from 1328 to 1708 and held court in the splendid palaces of the city of Bologna. The Gonzaga family were known to have bred Bolognese in their palatial estates.

The famous Renaissance  painter, Titian, painted the Duke Frederico Gonzaga with his Bolognese dog. The Gonzaga nobles adopted the tradition of presenting the small, white, curly-coated Bolognese lapdogs as gifts to their honored guests.

The custom continued throughout the Renaissance as lapdogs became the rage throughout the courts of Europe. As the custom of keeping lapdogs declined so did the Bolognese breed. The turmoil and destruction of WWI and WW2 nearly led to the Bolognese breed becoming extinct. The efforts of an Italian dog breeder called Gian Franco Giannelli revived the Bolognese breed which has gained in popularity in the last few years. 

Bolognese Dog Height: The Bolognese breed is classified as a small sized dog. The height to the shoulder of a male dog is 11-12 inches (27-30 cm). The height to the shoulder of a female dog is 10-11 inches (25-28 cm.

Bolognese Dog Weight: The weight of a small sized Bolognese is 5.5-8.8 lbs (2.5-4 kg). The weight of the smaller female dog is 5.5-8.8 lbs (2.5-4 kg).

Bolognese Coat Type - LOW shedding coat: The coat type of the Bolognese is described as a long, fluffy, white, single coat.

Bolognese Coat Colors: The colors of the Bolognese breed are a white coat color.

Bolognese Grooming - LOW Grooming Needs: The grooming needs of the Bolognese are categorized as Low in order to maintain a healthy, tangle-free coat and reduce the risk of skin infections. The limited grooming needs of the Bolognese are considered to be low maintenance, requiring limited attention to grooming where brushing and combing, is concerned. Grooming Requirements should include bathing the dog on a monthly basis and making regular inspections of the nails, teeth, eyes and ears.

Bolognese Litter Size: The litter size of this breed ranges from 3-6 puppies. Bolognese puppies for sale can be obtained reputable breeders and from rescue centers. The cost of Bolognese puppies varies depending on location, pedigree history and the breeder.

Bolognese Temperament and personality: The temperament and personality of this popular breed is described as Calm, Docile, Reserved, Loyal and Faithful.

Bolognese Exercise Requirements - LOW Exercise Requirements: The exercise requirements of this breed is low. The Bolognese requires regular daily exercise consisting of approximately 30 minutes to one hour every day. This small dog has a fluid, active gait with small strides and only requires a fairly slow speed by the owner to meet the dogs exercise requirements. Remember that it would take a lot of extra steps by your dog to keep up with your normal walking pace.

Bolognese Diet: A fully grown Bolognese should be fed twice a day. A diet consisting of a premium dog food can be balanced with fresh food eaten by the family. The question is What Can Dogs Eat?. Check out our comprehensive list of what dogs can and what dogs cannot eat.

Bolognese Health Problems: Potential health problems of the Bolognese Dog breed include Hip dysplasia, Legg-Calve-Perthes disease. Resolving health problems can prove to be expensive and it is always wise to obtain pet insurance or dog health insurance when buying a dog. Is the Bolognese Dog breed said to be Hypoallergenic? Answer: Yes (Refer to Hypoallergenic Dogs).

Bolognese Lifespan: The life expectancy of dogs vary according to the size, breed of dog and any serious health problems. The typical lifespan of the Bolognese Dog breed is 13 to 15 years.

Bolognese Male Dog Names: Male names are most often chosen to reflect favorite names of the owner or the strength, size, coloring and country of origin of the Bolognese breed. To give you some inspiration regarding good male Bolognese Dog names our small selection might be of help with naming boy dogs. Out top male dog names are: Alessio *** Simba *** Mauro *** Paolo *** Brody *** Zeke *** Loki *** Guido *** Mason *** Mac.

Bolognese Female Dog Names: Female names tend to be softer, prettier and reflect the temperament of the girl dog. Our top choice of good female Bolognese Dog names are Alessio *** Simba *** Mauro *** Paolo *** Brody *** Zeke *** Loki *** Guido *** Mason *** Mac.

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