American Canine Association


Bichon Bolognese


The Bichon Bolognese is along the bloodlines of the Havanese and Bichon Frise. This breed is is a small breed that is often confused with the Maltese due to appearance. This breed originated in a small part of Italy, known as Bolognese. This breed was bred specifically for companionship and tends to bond closest to the one person they spend most of their time with.


The Bichon Bolognese is a small breed dog, with males and females measuring 10-11 inches in height and weighing 6-12 pounds in weight. This breed is only available in a single layer, white haired coat that typically has a wave or curl to it. This breed has a small round head with two pendant shaped ears falling along side of their face. Their muzzle is small and forms into a scissor bite with a small black nose at the end. This breed has two round eyes that are generally dark brown to black in color. In general this breed is built small and stocky, with their tail curved over their back.


This breed is an amazing little breed. Known for being very easy to train, loving, playful and calmer than their closely related cousins, the Bichon Frise; this breed is a wonderful family companion. This breed can do well with children he or she is raised around, along with other pets, however please note that this breed typically bonds close with one person. This breed is capable of developing small dog syndrome if not properly trained and socialized from the get go. Please be sure to make house rules clear and not to completely spoil your new dog, as he or she will become a destructive, excessive barker if they feel they aren 't getting what they want, when they want. As always, positive reinforcement training methods are the only methods recommended.


This breed does not shed, however requires daily brushing to prevent knots and mats from forming in their curly hair. Special attention may need to be payed to their face due to tear stains forming on their white coats. Bathe only when needed.

Special Notes

This small breed requires a proper harness and leash while outdoors at all times. Please fully research this breed prior to adding one to your family to ensure this is the proper breed for you. Do not add a new dog to your family unless you are able to make a life long physical and financial commitment. All dogs originate from wolves (Canis Lupus). Each breed of dog was originally created by mixing different breeds together in an effort to bring forth certain characteristics. Once a breeder has created acceptable “breed characteristics” within their bloodline and these “breed characteristics” have shown to be reliably reproduced in the offspring for three (3) generations, the bloodline may be upgraded from the category of “foundation stock” to “pure-bred”. The same “pure-bred” breed standards vary from different continents, countries, territories, regions, breed clubs, and canine pure-breed registries depending on the goals of their breeders. Dog DNA testing companies can have accurate results for a specific bloodline of a small colony of dogs. However, there are tens of thousands of different bloodlines in the world which have not yet been tested for marker baseline results by Dog DNA testing companies as of 2017. For this reason Dog DNA testing companies do not guarantee the 100% accuracy of their breed lineage results and will also show different marker results for the same pure-bred breed in different continents, countries, territories, regions, breed clubs, and canine pure-breed registries depending on the goals of their breeders.

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