Bichon-Bolognese: About the Breed

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.

The Breed Standard

General Appearance: Small white Toy dog with square, compact outline and distinctive coat.
Characteristics: Intelligent, companionable.
Temperament: Friendly but reserved with strangers.
Head and Skull: Wide flat skull. Nose to stop slightly shorter than from stop to occiput. Accentuated stop. Nose large, black.
Eyes: Large, round, dark with well pigmented rims.
Ears: Set on high, long, pendulous, carried away from head giving a broad appearance to head.
Mouth: Jaws level, with perfect, regular scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws.
Neck: Clean, medium length.
Forequarters: Shoulders well laid, legs straight with slightly sloping pasterns. Elbows close to body.
Body: Well sprung ribs, brisket reaching to elbows making half overall height at withers. Level back, loins slightly arched. Point of shoulder to point of buttock equals height at withers.
Hindquarters: Well muscled, moderate turn of stifle, hocks well let down.
Feet: Oval, black nails and pads.
Tail: Set on at level of croup carried curved over back. Well feathered.
Gait/Movement: Normal and smart. Legs moving parallel. Ambling highly undesirable.
Coat: Long, flocked without curl covering entire head and body. Shown in natural state.
Colour: Pure white without markings, not even simple shadings. Lips, eyelids, nose and nails black.
Size: Dogs 27-30.5 cms (101/2-12 ins). Bitches 25.5-28 cms (10-11 ins)
Faults: Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog and on the dog’s ability to perform its traditional work.
Note: Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.
 
All of this information and more can be found from the British Bolognese Club.
All of this information and more can be found from the British Bolognese Club.
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