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Bolognese belong to the toy breed group. They have a height of about 10 inches at the shoulder and weigh 8-12 pounds. They have an average lifespan of 14 years. Bolognese are cousin to the Bichon dog breed with a curly hair. They tend to be shy though they can be playful in the company of fewer humans.

Adult Size

  • Small

Amount of Shedding

  • Sheds Nearly Not at All

Appropriate Environment

  • Apartment
  • Fenced In Yard
  • House
  • Invisible Fenced Yard

Behavior if Left Alone

  • Doesn’t Like Being Left Alone

Breed Group

  • Toy Group

Coat Length

  • Medium Coat

Coat Quality

  • Curly Coat
  • Wooly Coat


  • White


  • Doesn’t Really Drool

Energy Level

  • Energetic

Exercise Needs

  • Needs Regular Exercise

Full Grown Height

  • 10-13″

Full Grown Weight

  • 06-10lbs
  • 11-15lbs

General Health

  • Healthy Breed
  • Pretty Healthy Breed
  • Very Healthy Breed

Good Choice for New Dog Owners

  • Good Dog for Your First Dog
  • Great First Dog!

Good Dog for Cold Weather?

  • Doesn’t Do Well in Cold Weather
  • Wrong Dog for Cold Weather

Good Dog for Hot Weather?

  • Doesn’t Do Well in Hot Weather
  • Wrong Dog for Hot Weather

Good With Children?





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