Bichon Bolognese

Other name: Bolognese

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The Bichon Bolonais is a small-sized companion dog, with a compact and collected appearance, especially recognizable by its generous and pure white coat. The Bichon Bolonais is an ideal dog for family life. You should not expect him to protect you or guard your home. On the other hand, he will bring to his master and his adoptive family all his tenderness, his love, his fidelity, his loyalty and his kindness.



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Hypoallergenic breed Hypoallergenic breed

Hair type Long
Origin Italy
Template Small
Head shape Round
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 2 kg to 4 kg From 23 cm to 30 cm
Male From 2 kg to 4 kg From 25 cm to 32 cm
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History of the breed

This dog has been represented by many renowned artists from various eras through their works, such as Titian, Pieter Brueghel the Elder and Francisco de Goya. The breed was definitively recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale on March 5, 1956.

Bichon Bolonais Pictures

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Physical features

His coat: long over the whole body, dense, silky in texture and well-supplied. Shorter at the chamfer.
Its color: pure white. Some ivory shades are allowed.
Its head: of medium length, equal to its width (measured at the level of the zygomatic arches). The skull is slightly ovoid in shape, flat on its upper part. The stop is slightly marked.
His ears: set high, long and hanging down.
His eyes: quite large, practically arranged on a frontal plane. The eyeball is not prominent and the white of the eye is not visible.
His body: inscribed in a square. The line of the back is harmoniously extended by the croup. The back is straight, the kidney short, strong and slightly convex, the chest ample and well let down to the elbows, the line below follows the profile of the sternum and rises slightly towards the belly.
Its tail: inscribed in the continuity of the line of the croup, carried curved above the back and well covered with hair.

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

The Bichon Bolonais is a naturally gentle, calm and affectionate dog. His communicative joie de vivre is appreciated by the whole family, to whom he knows how to show his attachment. Pleasant companion, the Bichon Bolonais is a little more reserved than its close cousins, the Bichon Maltais and the Bichon Havanais. He does not like solitude and prefers to spend as much time as possible with his master or mistress.

Of course, it would be pointless to expect him to stand guard at home. He is above all a companion dog. He is very smart and intelligent , which also makes him sociable , even with strangers because he knows how to adapt very easily. He will know how to make children happy, just as he will know how to live alongside fellow creatures and other animals such as cats.

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The Bichon Bolognese   being a calm and obedient dog, his education does not pose any particular problem. As long as it is based on a good compromise between firmness and softness, and that its socialization is well conducted, there is no major worry in this area. Moreover, it is not for nothing that it is often recommended in hospitals to help certain people to find a social bond. He will subsequently fill his master with happiness.

Living conditions

Suitable for apartment living
Good for new masters
Love it hot
Love the cold

The Bichon Bolonais is essentially an indoor dog . Apartment or house, it does not matter as long as it is protected from cold, heat and humidity . He seeks proximity to his family and therefore requires an available master. He knows how to adapt whatever his environment.

He is first and foremost an indoor dog , so will not mind living in an apartment or with an urban lifestyle. It just needs to be taken out at least once a day so that it can stretch its legs and meet its needs. In addition, it will allow him to keep morale and feel happy .


Ease of gaining weight

As long as it is well maintained and protected from harsh weather conditions, the Bichon Bolonais enjoys fairly solid health . Certain diseases should nevertheless be watched in this breed, including patellar dislocation (medial or lateral displacement of the kneecap) and a certain tendency to obesity . Its diet must therefore be the subject of special care. Good quality, small dog food is recommended. He may also be prone to distichiasis , which is an abnormality in the implantation of the eyelashes and which can have consequences on his cornea.

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size

Between 3 and 8 puppies

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Life expectancy

Minimum: 12 years old

Maximum: 14 years

The life expectancy of a Bichon Bolonais is, on average, between 12 years and 14 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

Ease of maintenance
Cost of maintenance
Hair loss
Drool level
Ease of grooming

Despite its abundant and silky coat, the Bichon Bolonais is one of the breeds of dogs whose moult is rather weak . Hair loss is therefore also moderate but permanent. It requires regular and careful maintenance to maintain the pure white of its coat.

Its fleece must be brushed 2 to 3 times a week , and never mowed. It is recommended to start with a detangling using a large metal comb before moving on to brushing. The hair moistened with a sprayer, brushing starts from the base to the tip of the hair. We start with the hindquarters to the bottom of the legs, followed by the tail, body and front legs. Then come the neck, head and ears. The same operation is then to be redone with a smaller comb. The eyes should be cleaned using physiological serum. The Bichon Bolonais requires professional grooming from time to time and can be washed every 2 or 3 months with a special white dog shampoo.

Price and budget

Purchase price

Max € 500
1000 €

The purchase price of a Bichon Bolonais is between € 500 and € 1000.

Annual maintenance cost

800 €
850 €

The annual maintenance cost of a Bichon Bolonais is between € 800 and € 850.

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The diet of the Bichon Bolonais can essentially consist of industrial food based on high quality kibble . His ration must be closely monitored since he has the annoying tendency to gain weight faster than average and to develop overweight.

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play

The Bichon Bolonais is not a great athlete , but they still need daily walks and a little exercise to stay balanced and happy .


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FCI Information



FCI Group

Group 9: Companion and Toy Dogs

Recognized by FCI

Since 1956


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