Original Name : Bolognese
Type : Braccoid
Male size : 10½-11¾ inches
Male weight : 5½-8¾ lbs
Female size : 9¾-11 inches
Female weight : 5½-8¾ lbs
Degree of grooming :
Countries of origin : Italy
Bologneses are small dogs with a stocky, compact body covered with long and fluffy, pure white hair. These very serious dogs are generally not very active, but enterprising all the same, docile and very attached to their human companions.
Medium length, reaching 1/3 the height at the withers, width between the zygomatic arches is equal to the length.
Squarely built, the length of the torso from the point of the shoulder to the point of the buttocks is equal to the height at the withers.
Pure white, without patches or nuances.
Long, hanging, rather rigid at the base, so that the upper part of the pinna is detached from the skull, making the head look much broader than it is.
Set in line with the croup, curving over the back.
Long on the body, but shorter on the face, rather fluffy, not close, but in flocks, no fringes.
The origins of the Bolognese are confused with those of the Maltese, because their ancestors are the same small dogs described by Aristotle (384-322 BC) as Melitaei Catelli. These very endearing dogs, which wear such a serious expression when they look at you, are known for their intelligence, their observant nature and their calm disposition, which they radiate to everyone around them.
After receiving two small dogs from a Duke of the House of Este, Philip II, King of Spain from 1556 to 1598 wrote him to thank him for the “most royal gift one could give an emperor”.