May 21, 2016

A Look at the Bichon Bolognese

The Bichon Bolognese is a rare Italian breed only recognized by the European Kennel Clubs under FCI (Fédération Cynologique Internationale)and the Kennel Club of Great Britain and are recognized in the United States by the American Rare Breed Association and the United Kennel Club.

As of April 2004, they are listed with the American Kennel Club under their Foundation Stock Service Program.

Canadian Kennel Club gives the Bolognese a notable mention.

They are members of the Bichon family; members include the ever popular Bichon Frisé, the clownish Havanese, the darling Maltese, the very rare Tvetnaya Bolonka, and some say the Lowchen as well.

They were given as gifts between nobility and royalty as far back as the 11th century and gain much popular in Bologna Italy which they were named after. The Bolognese was almost extinct after WWII.

They are one of the most delightful breeds you'll ever meet: always happy and always smiling; though they tend to be more thoughtful in nature and demanding at times.

The Bolognese are an adaptable breed; they are able to live comfortably in the country, urban settings, as well as apartment buildings.

Their exercise requirements are minimal but like any small breed, good walks during the day are both healthy for them and keep them out of trouble due to boredom.

They are a very smart breed so training is a must, but be careful of repetitive style training because they will bore easily.

The Bolognese have a double coat meaning they have both a light long hair that keeps growing and an undercoat. Their grooming needs are high. Many owners choose to keep their coats short, though if you remove the undercoat by grooming them daily their light and long coat will aid in keeping them cool during summer months.

The Bolognese are also a hypo-allergic breed.

This brief breed profile of the Bolognese was provided by Juanita Heidebrecht. A dog lover and enthusiast of the Bolognese breed, who was an active board member of the Bolognese Club of Canada.

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