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Bichon Bolognese
- playful, loving and a true family friend


About Bichon Bolognese

The Bichon Bolognese dog is an excellent pet dog, this being its main utility. Devout and loving, this is a perfect animal for the family, being playful and strongly attached to its owners. With moderate energy, the quadruped is perfect for people who are not very active. The Bichon Bolognese breed easily adapts to any environment and is very resistant to disease, having a very low predisposition to disease. Fur care is more demanding, hence why daily brushing is recommended because of the long, curly fur.

What does a Bichon Bolognese look like?

The Bichon Bolognese breed is a small breed that has a compact body covered by a long, white and ruffled fur. The head is in the shape of an egg, but due to the lowered ears which are slightly removed from the head, it appears to be slightly round. The ears are hidden by the fur and are a little stiff. The eyes are round and black, and the snout is short, with an equally black nose. The upper jaw is more developed than the lower. The body is well proportioned, the length being equal to its width. The chest is well-developed, with rounded ribs. The back and legs are straight and the paws are round. The tail is curved at the back. A Bichon Bolognese reaches a height of 30 cm and a weight of no more than 4-5 kg. The lifespan of the quadruped is 10-12 years.

The ideal owner for the dog Bichon Bolognese

The Bolognese Bichon is ideal if you want an affectionate, cheerful and gentle companion. Moreover, they are suitable if you live in an apartment and have 2 walks a day. However, the Bichon Bolognese would not be suitable if you want a dog that you can leave alone for longer periods of time, that is very energetic or whose care and grooming require minimal effort. In addition, if you want a watchdog, you should think twice before purchasing a Bichon Bolognese.

The personality and behavior of Bichon Bolognese

Docile and devoted to its master

The quadruped is very intelligent, loving, obedient and playful. He does not have a high level of energy, but he really likes to play and walk. He is very dedicated to his master and listens to any command given to him. Like other small, untrained pets, they can be dominant. Also, if they are not socialized properly and are overprotected, they can become slightly nervous. Unlike other types of Bichon breeds, the Bichon Bolognese dog is more shy and reserved. He likes to sit in his master's arms and always feel safe.

Excellent companion or pet dog

With a lower energy level, the Bichons Bolognese are also good companions for older people. Due to their docile temperament and the fact that they can be easily trained, they can also be used as therapy dogs. They can also act as a warning dog because they are very agile and have very good hearing.

Family interaction

The Bichon Bolognese dog is very affectionate with the family, therefore, it is perfect as a pet. He likes the company of his masters and always wants to please them. It is very playful and eager to be the center of attention when it comes to play. For this reason, the dog will get along very well with the children and will be a good friend. For families with very young children, it is recommended to take a larger Bichon Bolognese chick over 3 months old.

Interaction with other animals

The Bichon Bolognese is smart and easy to train. He will get along well with other animals around him, especially if he is used to interacting with them early on.

Friendly with strangers

Dogs of this breed are very friendly with strangers, but sometimes they tend to become shy and withdrawn. In this sense, the owners must get used to socializing in time, even from an early age.

Reduced barking tendency

Although he is shy and less energetic than other breeds, the Bolognese Bichon becomes alert when someone knocks on the door and becomes protective when he feels the approach of a stranger. In terms of barking, the dog will not bark much in the house, so owners do not have to worry about neighbors.

Bichon Bolognese dog food and care


The Bichon Bolognese dog is very easy to maintain. He does not eat much and is satisfied with everything that is offered to him. It does not need special preparations, but like any other breed, the dog must not be fed more than necessary, and the food must be of good quality. In addition, the diet that the owner establishes must be as balanced as possible, otherwise the dog will be prone to obesity and other related diseases.

A pretentious coat

Caring for a Bichon Bolognese requires extra attention, due to the fur which is slightly pretentious. Due to its long length, this dog needs to be brushed daily so that the hairs do not tangle. It must be insisted on by brushing especially on the abdomen, between the legs and on the head. Also, due to the white color of the fur, this dog needs to be washed more often to keep it clean and shiny. It is advisable to use a special shampoo for dogs with white fur with a balanced PH. The ears and eye area should be cleaned regularly and the hair between the cushions should be cut regularly. Because brushing often prevents moulting, these dogs are ideal for people with severe allergies.

Common ailments and predisposition to disease

The Bichon Bolognese breed has a very low predisposition to disease and does not have diseases specific to its breed. The only condition that could be encountered in this dog is the ear infection. This is caused by the fact that the hair covers his ears and does not allow air circulation. But with regular cleaning of the ears and by cutting the hair in the ears, this problem can be easily prevented. Another condition that could occur would be obesity, if the quadruped is kept at home without more than necessary.

The most common diseases of the Bichon Bolognese breed are:

  • mild colds
  • ear infections
  • obesity
  • patella dislocations
  • eye problems

Environment and adaptability

Dogs of this breed are very affectionate and will quickly adapt to living conditions, family members and even strangers. They only need the constant affection and care of their masters.

Yard or apartment?

The Bichon Bolognese dog can be easily raised in an apartment, it is even ideal to stay in a smaller space. They love to play and will need daily walks. If kt is raised at home, it will consume its energy in the yard. But it needs a program of daily activities, games and short walks. If kept indoors without being taken for a walk, Bichon Bolognese dogs can develop some behavioral problems.

Low tolerance for being left alone

The Bichon Bolognese dog is very devoted to the owners, therefore, they like their master’s company. Hence, they should not be left alone in the house as they will suffer long after the presence of the master.

Adaptation to the weather

The Bichon Bolognese dog is very sensitive and suffers from the cold. The small waist and the lack of fur down are other serious reasons why the owners have to protect them when the weather outside is cold and humid.

Training of the dog Bichon Bolognese

Bichon Bolognese dogs are very intelligent, so they will learn everything very quickly, being very easy to train. The breed is not stubborn at all and enjoys taking part in training exercises. Exercise can start in the first months of the puppy, but it is not recommended being overworked. The alternation of activities will keep it focused during the sessions, and it will not get bored easily. The only problem with this breed is that it is harder to learn not to defecate at home. However, with consistent training based on praise and rewards, he can easily correct this problem.

The instinct of hunting and pursuit

The Bolognese Bichon is strictly a pet dog and not a hunting or hunting dog.

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History of the Bichon Bolognese breed

The Bichon Bolognese dog is related to all other Bichon breeds. They have as common ancestors the dogs called in Latin by Aristotle, "canes melitenses". The Bichon Bolognese breed was highly valued during the Roman Empire, being the favorites of the nobility during the eleventh century and until the sixteenth century. The breed developed in Italy, where it was brought in the 15th century by Spanish navigators. With the reduction of the influence of the nobility, the popularity of these dogs decreased drastically, reaching the point of extinction in the twentieth century.

Among the kings or emperors who had these dogs as companions are: Empress Mother Teresa, wife of Peter the Great, Catherine I, King of Spain, Phillip II and Catherine de Medici, Queen of France. Also, due to their beauty, Bichon Bolognese dogs were represented by several Renaissance painters: Titian, Pierre Breughel and Goya.

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