The Bolognese is a playful, friendly, easygoing and loyal companion who bonds very closely to you, and who will follow you like a shadow around the house. He's a serious and not overly active dog who makes a wonderful and gentle playmate for children. He needs a great deal of love and affection, or he will grow lonely and bored and begin to bark or howl. He loves people but can be shy with strangers. He's not a yappy dog, but will alert you with barks to strange sounds or unfamiliar people. He gets along well with dogs and other animals in the house. Eager to please and obedient, he responds well to training and is a quick learner. He can be difficult or slow to housebreak. He's happy to relax quietly around the house as long as he gets his daily walk. He loves the outdoors, and loves playing fetch or getting you to romp with him in a field. He is a good apartment dog as long as he gets his daily outdoor exercise. He is an extremely light shedder, and would make a good pet if you are a clean-freak.
The Bolognese is 10 to 12 inches tall (to shoulders) and weighs 9 to 11 pounds.
He has a long, woolly coat that is flocked without being curly. Its color is pure white.
Pet coat: You only need to brush it occasionally and clip it short every few months. Show coat: Requires 10 to 15 minutes of brushing daily to keep it neat and free of tangles. Trim every 6 weeks.
The Bolognese was developed in southern Italy in the city of Bologna, and owned and prized by the nobility as early as the 11th and 12th centuries, as well as during the Renaissance. As the nobility declined in power the breed declined in popularity, eventually becoming almost extinct. However a few concerned and interested European breeders kept the Bolognese going, and by 1990 he arrived in England, and was shown for the first time in the imported class that same year.