Closely related to the Havanese and Bichon Frise, the Bolognese originated in Italy during the 11th century. A favorite of Renaissance nobility, this breed was often presented to Belgian Royalty as presents. With the passing of nobility, the breed nearly became extinct. The breed was restored and revived by Gian Franco Giannelli and is fairly rare in the United States.
This dog breed is small, sturdy and compact. They tend to be extremely docile, but enthusiastic and devoted. This breed is highly intelligent, with a pleasant nature and vibrant expression.
This dog breed is best suited to a home with older, considerate children. The dog generally gets along well with other animals. The dog bonds very closely with their family and suffers from separation anxiety if ignored or left alone for extended periods. When anxious, the breed tends to become destructive and bark incessantly. The dog has keen eyesight and acute hearing, making them good watchdogs .
This dog breed requires daily brushing to prevent matting. Professional grooming once a month is recommended. The breed has no know health issues, but this could be due to the rarity of the breed.
The coat of the breed is long, dense and fluffy, covering the entire body from head to tail. This is a single coat breed that sheds little to no hair.
Early socialization and obedience training are a must for the dog. This dog breed learns very quickly, but can be difficult to house train and the crate method is advised. Training must be done with firmness fairness, and consistency.
This dog breed adapts well to apartment living,provided they are given time and attention and are not left alone for extended periods of time. The breed thrives on companionship and enjoys a daily walk or free play in a small yard.