The Bolognese belong to the family Bichon, including the Bichon Frise, Maltese, Lowchen, Havanese and Coton
de Tulear. There are many similarities between the different breeds, but each are distinctive in their own right.
The breed is ancient with noble origins and roots with Italian Aristocracy. Today the Bolognese is considered a
rare breed in most countries. They have been found to be a popular breed in history with famous families, such
as Marie Therese Empress of Austria (1717-1780), Madame La Marquise Pompadour (1721-1764), Catherine
the Great of Russia (1728-1796) and Marilyn Monroe.
The breed is a toy dog, small, white, square and compact. They have a distinctive single coat with no undercoat,
the coat falls in loose open ringlets all over the body and with shorter hair on the face. The texture is woolly as
opposed to silky. It is often not trimmed or clipped, is non-shedding but requires regular combing to prevent
matting. The coat is non-shedding so should not affect allergy sufferers. The eyes are large and dark, similarly
is the nose. They are very intelligent and love the companionship of people but can be quite reserved with
strangers, and whilst not yappy, have acute hearing and will bark at strange noises. A redeeming feature is that
they have no known health disorders to date.
If well socialised from a puppy, they bond well with animals and people, being very gentle and patient with
children. They make a very good companion and family dog, happy to slot in to the family environment.