Are you excited to learn more about Bolognese dogs? You’ve probably seen a couple of them around the city and wondered if they would make a good pets to have at home. If you do like them, how much are Bolognese puppies anyway? Know the answer to that question and more in the Bolognese dog guide below!
Are Bolognese Dogs Good Pets?
- Affectionate and attached
- Playful and entertaining
- Can develop separation anxiety
- Should be with older kids
- Highly trainable
Belonging to the Bichon family, it’s no surprise that Bolognese dogs are just as cute and adorable! In fact, they make wonderful companion dogs at home because they are very affectionate, playful, and entertaining, to say the least. Bolo, for short, is an inquisitive dog breed who also loves to be the center of attention.
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What truly makes Bolos great companion pets to have is that they’ll do anything to make you happy. They get easily attached so they’ll always stay by your side and keep you company. Bolos are lovely lap dogs. They are devoted little creatures and won’t like it if you’re away for long periods of hours. Try not to leave them alone for too long as they’ll probably develop separation anxiety, which leads to behavior problems like chewing and peeing wherever they want to.
If you have kids at home, then it is a must to consider having a Bolo for a pet. If you have older kids, that won’t be a problem. However, if the kids are too young to understand dog boundaries, the Bolo might get protective of himself whenever the kids push them around. The last thing you’d want is for your dog to snap and dislike the children.
What about training a Bolo? It won’t be much of a challenge. This dog breed is very smart and highly trainable, especially with obedience training. Bolos respond well to positive reinforcement. However, it is imperative that you show who’s the boss immediately. Take the lead and teach your dog that you are the pack leader. Otherwise, the Bolognese dog might develop small dog syndrome and believe that they are actually the leader of you.
By the way, the Bolo loves to socialize so let your Bolo meet new people and dogs whenever possible. They are a friendly dog and will be more than happy to meet strangers. That said, they won’t be a good watchdog at home.
Size and Color:
- Toy dog breed
- White coat
- Can be curly or long, flowy coats
Bolognese dogs are classified under the Toy Group, and they weigh between 8 to 14 pounds. Male Bolos stand between 27 to 30 cm, while female Bolos stand between 25 to 28 cm.
Bolognese dogs only have white coats. They should have long flowy hair but there are other Bichon Bolognese dogs that have white curly hair. Well, either way, they both look like white fur balls, and they require moderate coat maintenance to keep their coat shiny, soft, and clean.
Looks like someone badly needs a haircut right about now!
- Moderate physical activity
- Happier with daily walks
- Can live in condos and apartments
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You’ll be glad to hear that Bolognese dogs don’t require tons of physical activity to burn off excess energy. Even if they’re not highly active dogs, a daily walk will do them good. If you cannot take your dog out for a walk every day, play time at home will suffice. Bolos don’t get yappy and rowdy when they don’t get their walks, but you’ll notice that they are happier and better mannered when they do. Moreover, given that they don’t require much physical activity, they can live in apartments and condos.
Feeding a Bolognese:
How much should you feed a Bolognese puppy? To answer this question, the American Kennel Club said:
Watch the dog, not the dish. Body condition, not the amount eaten or left in the bowl, should determine portion sizes. Portion sizes depend on individual metabolism and body type, and nutritional requirements vary from dog to dog.
You will need to observe how much or less your puppy eats. What’s more important here is your feeding schedule. Since Bolos are tiny dogs, give them four meals a day and reduce the amount as they grow older. It is also best to stick to food that is designed for small breeds as this fulfills the daily nutritional needs for a Bolo. Now if you really want a specific measure, it is best to ask your vet about it so they can consider the different factors affecting your pooch’s dietary needs.
Life Span of a Bolognese:
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The average life span of Bolognese dogs is between 12 to 16 years. Belonging to the Bichon family, the Bolo is expected to have similar health problems as their cousins such as ear infections and chronic skin allergies. Eye diseases are also common as well as luxating patella. Other health issues to watch out for are heart diseases, diabetes, urinary stones, epilepsy, and pancreatitis.
As mentioned earlier, the coat of a Bolo will need moderate maintenance. You must brush it at least three or four times a week to prevent hair tangles and to remove the loose hair. This will also help distribute the natural oils to the dog’s hair and skin. To keep his coat white, you may need to bathe them more frequently as white-colored dogs tend to look dirtier faster.
Since Bolos are more prone to ear infections, weekly checking for an ear infection, irritation, and wax buildup is a must. Monthly nail trimming is required, too.
In addition, you may notice that Bolos have tear stains often. You can simply get a warm, damp cloth and gently wipe around their eyes. If this feels like a concern, talk to your vet for some dietary changes.
The price of a Bolognese Puppy:
All my hopes and dreams of owning a bolognese dog have been dashed… Spag McCarthy-Choyce I will save all my pennies for you #expensive
— Kerry McCarthy (@thekerrymc) January 25, 2014
How much are Bolognese puppies? According to the American Bolognese Club, the price of a purebred Bolo puppy is around $1,800 to $2,500.
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The Bolognese dog is one of the oldest dog breeds dating its origins to the 1200s. Back then, only the wealthy and noble owned Bolognese dogs. They were from Bologna, Italy…hence the name. The Bolo only arrived in England in the 1990s. It is still currently not recognized by the AKC as an official dog breed.
Despite looking like a fur ball, the Bolognese dog doesn’t shed much and is actually hypoallergenic!
Disclaimer: If someone in the family has allergies, take caution. There are still some cases of allergic reactions to hypoallergenic dogs.
Want to see how playful Bolognese dogs can get? Check out the Dog Whisperer Caesar playing with a Bolo in the yard in this video from trixpietro:
If you’re looking for a companion dog that is always eager to please and has found their happy place in your lap, then the Bolo is definitely a keeper! You’ll love their friendliness, playfulness, and wit. Moreover, Bolos love being showered with affection, and they won’t hold back in showing you their love, as well.
Do you prefer having a small or medium-sized pet? Feel free to tell us why in the comments section below!