Dog Care: Health
Breed HealthThe Bichon Bolognese is a healthy breed with few genetic health issues. They healthy dogs which have a life expectancy of around 14-15 years.
Many breeds of dog can be susceptible to inherited disease. All dogs bred from must be as healthy as possible and all possible must be done to ensure it has not inherited any undesirable disease-causing genes from its parents. DNA tests for diseases in dogs are available for some conditions in some breeds. There are also clinical veterinary screening schemes that dog breeders can use to increase the probability of producing healthy puppies. Details of the various screening schemes, both veterinary and DNA, that are available to breeders in the UK can be found at The Kennel Club. Breed clubs are often useful sources for breed specific information such as www.thekennelclub.org.uk/doghealth
Health Screening within the BologneseThere are not currently any veterinary screening schemes or DNA tests for disease relevant to this breed under the Accredited Breeder Scheme. However patella luxation can be a problem is many small breeds and is present within the Bolognese, fortunately not too big a problem as yet. The Club recommends that breeders of Bolognese have their dogs and bitches, particularly those used for breeding and their progeny, regularly patella checked by their vets. Many breeders are being issued with patella certificates by their vets indicating that their dogs are free form any patella issues. The Club recommends that prospective Bolognese owners ask the breeder of a puppy they may be interested in if they have these kind of patella checks regularly carried out and ask to see the evidence. This is not a Kennel Club directive but something the club feels is important and something the breeder should be doing. If you have any further questions on this please contact us.
A Breed Standard is the guideline which describes the ideal characteristics, temperament and appearance including the correct colour of a breed and ensures that the breed is fit for function. Absolute soundness is essential. Breeders and judges should at all times be careful to avoid obvious conditions or exaggerations which would be detrimental in any way to the health, welfare or soundness of this breed. From time to time certain conditions or exaggerations may be considered to have the potential to affect dogs in some breeds adversely, and judges and breeders are requested to refer to the Breed Watch section of the Kennel Club website here www.thekennelclub.org.uk/services/public/breed/watch for details of any such current issues. If a feature or quality is desirable it should only be present in the right measure. However if a dog possesses a feature, characteristic or colour described as undesirable or highly undesirable it is strongly recommended that it should not be rewarded in the show ring.
You may find the newly published book ‘Bolognese - a comprehensive owners guide’ useful. Written by Wolfgang Knorr. It contains interesting facts and information on the history of the breed and on how to look after your Bolognese. Copies can be purchased via www.amazon.co.uk
The puppies are lucky to be born into a household with many other animals. With my Golden Retrievers and cat, the puppies are well socialised and so are highly unlikely to develop phobias of them. Parents are all health tested and I am careful to find the right temperament of the puppy for new owners.
All of this information and more can be found from the British Bolognese Club.
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