The Bolognese is a small, white non-shedding dog that originates from the north of Italy. The Bolognese belongs to the toy group of dogs.

Bolognese breed Group


Size of the Bolognese


Colour varieties of the Bolognese

The breed comes in just white, but sometimes there is apricot shading on the ears.

Country of origin


Bolognese breed introduction and overview

The Bolognese is a small white dog with a flocked, non-shedding coat that originates from northern Italy. It looks very similar in appearance to its cousin the Bichon Frise, and was a popular choice of dog for aristocracy and royalty. It has fallen out of favour in recent years to the Bichon Frise, but its affectionate personality, charm and added benefit of a no-loss coat has seen a rise in numbers.

Bolognese temperament

The breed is notoriously happy, affectionate and placid, making it an ideal family dog. It is good with children and thrives on the company of people. It is normally sociable and playful with other dogs, and if socialised well from an early age can live with cats and other smaller pets. The Bolognese can be shy and reserved around strangers.

Size and weight of the Bolognese

Height bitch 25.5-28 cms

Height dog 27-30.5 cms

Weight (kilos) bitch 4-6kgs

Weight (kilos) dog 4-6kgs

Exercise requirements of the Bolognese

The Bolognese requires around 30 minutes minutes of exercise every day, making it an ideal dog for the older or less active owner. It is perfectly happy living in a apartment, as long as it receives adequate levels of exercise and mental stimulation.

Bolognese coat length


Grooming requirements of the Bolognese

High. The long flocked coat require daily grooming to keep the coat matt and tangle free. A soft slicker brush will break through matts, and a pin cushion brush will add a sheen to the coat. Your Bolognese may require professional grooming twice a year to keep the coat in good condition.

Ears should be checked and cleaned regularly for any sign of infections and foreign bodies such as ticks.


Yes. The Bolognese does not shed, which may make it a suitable dog for owners who suffer from allergies.

Health Issues in the Bolognese

The Bolognese is a healthy and hardy breed with no known health issues at the present time.

As with all pedigree dogs, it is very important to obtain a puppy from a reputable source where you can be guaranteed that it has been bred with a view to avoiding the inherent physical and psychological diseases of the breed.

Average lifespan of the Bolognese

A healthy Bolognese should expect to enjoy a life expectancy of up to 18 years.

Estimating how much a Bolognese would need to be fed each day

A dog or bitch weighing between 5kgs will require around 123gms of complete dry food daily. A dog or bitch weighing 5kgs will cost around £3 per week to feed. Our figures are based on feeding an ‘above average quality’ and popular complete dry food bought from a leading supermarket.

Other financial costs to consider when owning any dog breed

Remember to budget for essential pet treatments and procedures that are not covered by pet insurance policies including:

  • Worming and fleas preparations
  • Annual Vaccination boosters
  • Neutering or spaying
  • Microchipping
  • Dental treatment