Group: Toy Group

Origin: Italy


    – Males: 27 to 30 cm
    – Females: 25 to 28 cm

Weight: Average weight is 2.5 to 4 kg.

Other Names: Bichon Bolognese

Dante of K’ Bella Bolognese
Photo: K’ Bella Bolognese

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Breed Profile

The Bolognese was once referred to as the “Italian Bichon of Bologna”. This is a rare toy breed of the Bichon group. Throughout the years, his primary purpose has always been one of companionship. He is believed to be related to the Maltese, the Havanese, the Bichon Frisé, and the Coton de Tulear.

The Bolognese is a small, stocky and compact little dog. He is very intelligent, quick to learn, and completely devoted to his family. His fun loving nature along with his patience make him an excellent playmate for children.

He has a long, fluffy white coat that covers the entire body, from head to tail, topline to feet. His coat is odourless and non-shedding, and frequent brushing is required in order to maintain a mat-free coat.

Health Issues

If you are considering the adoption of a Bolognese puppy, or any breed, it is very important to be selective in choosing a responsible and reputable breeder. Ensure that the prospective puppy’s parents have all health clearances. Breeding of any dog should not be done until after they have been proven to be free of evidence of significant hereditary diseases. (For more information on selecting a breeder, see the articles on the General Information page.)

Additional Health Resources:


Grooming Information

The Bolognese’s long coat is odourless and non-shedding. Frequent brushing is required in order to maintain a mat-free coat.

  • Grooming — This section of the Canada’s Guide to Dogs website includes tips, articles and information covering all aspects of dog grooming along with a listing of Groomers from across Canada.


Training Resources

  • Toy Breeds—Housebreaking
  • Training — For training information, see this growing section of the Canada’s Guide to Dogs website for tips, articles, as well as listings of training centres across Canada.


Additional Information


*NOTE: The Fédération Cynologique International (FCI) is the World Canine Organization, which includes 91 members and contract partners (one member per country) that each issue their own pedigrees and train their own judges. The FCI recognizes 344 breeds, with each being the “property” of a specific country. The “owner” countries write the standards of these breeds in co-operation with the Standards and Scientific Commissions of the FCI, and the translation and updating are carried out by the FCI. The FCI is not a breed registry nor does it issue pedigrees.

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