bolognese breed information


The Bolognese, named for the northern Italian city of Bologna where he originated, is closely related to both the Bichon Frise and Havanese. Already known in the Roman era, the Bolognese appears prominently on lists of gifts to and from powerful men, including Cosimo de Medici and King Philipe II of Spain, and he even appears in works by Titian and Goya. He stayed relatively close to home for a long time, however, not crossing the Channel into England until 1990. He first competed at Crufts in 2002.

A small, compact dog weighing between 8 and 14 lbs., the Bolognese sheds little to no hair, and his fluffy, pure white coat only needs grooming when it begins to look a bit dirty. He may be small, but he still requires daily walks to keep him fit and happy.

A true companion dog, the Bolognese loves to be with his family, including children and other animals. He is happy and playful, but not overly energetic. He is also intelligent and somewhat stubborn – he loves getting his own way, so it’s important to train him to follow the rules of the house.

Aristocratic heritage aside, the Bolognese is still prone to a number of hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect his health – and your budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses the Bolognese is prone to include joint problems such as patellar luxation and Legg-Calve-Perthes disease; spinal conditions such as intervertebral disc disease; liver conditions such as portosystemic shunts; and respiratory problems such as tracheal collapse.

Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Bolognese inherits anything more than a fluffy white coat, you’re protected.

Common health issues

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