- SIZE: 1
- GROOMING:: 5
- EXERCISE NEEDS: 5
- GOOD WITH DOGS: 9
- WATCHDOG: 9
- BREED: Bolognese
Sporting a fluffy, long, pure white coat, the small Bolognese is a stocky and compact dog breed. They are playful, vivacious, happy dogs that love the companionship of people. They play well with older, considerate children and become devoted to their masters. Bolognese dogs get along well with people and will live in harmony with other household pets or dogs. As active, little dogs, they handle the majority of their exercise on their own but also love walks and romping in the open. This breed is similar in appearance and behavior to the Bichon Frise and the Havanese.
Similar to the Bichon Frise, the Bolognese is slightly more reserved, shy and docile than other small dogs. These intelligent dogs grow attached to their master and enjoy forming a close relationship. They do best when they are introduced to people and noises at an early age. Bolognese dogs are generally friendly with strangers but can be occasionally timid. While they are outside, Bolognese dogs will be vivacious and active yet indoors they will shadow their owners possessively. They need close human contact and should not be left alone. They can be somewhat needy as they may howl mournfully if their owner cannot pay attention to them or is busy.
Shedding little to no hair, the Bolognese breed requires daily brushings and does best with a monthly grooming.
The Bolognese is actually a very healthy breed and does not have many health concerns. Possible health concerns include luxating patellas.
Daily exercise is recommended for the Bolognese. Walking around the block, playing a game of fetch or going for a jog or bike ride with your Bolognese alongside are all sufficient forms of exercise.
This dog breed is responsive to obedience training but difficult to housebreak. The Bolognese breed requires socialization since they are naturally standoffish. Exposing your dog to people, sights and sounds will help their natural caution wane instead of developing into a suspicious shyness. Consistent crate training is necessary for this breed and be aware that they tend to bark a lot.