In existence since 1200, the Bolognese has its roots within Italian aristocracy and is named after the northern Italian city of Bologna. The dog was commonly given as gifts between the wealthy and powerful.
They belong to the Bichon family group, which includes the Bichon Frise, Maltese, Lowchen, Havanese and Coton de Tulear. Its closest relative is the Maltese, but it is unclear if the Maltese is its ancestor or descendant.
Weight: 6–9 lb (2.5–4 kg)
Height: Male: 27–30 cm (11–12 in) Female: 25–28 cm (10–11 in)
Coat: Long and fluffy.
Life span: 12–15 years
Temperament: Enterprising, Docile, Loyal, Reserved, Serious.
Health: No major health issues. Occasional luxating patellas and eye anomalies.
• Seen in paintings by Titian, Goya, Gosse and Watteau.
• Seen in 17th century Flemish tapestries.
• Owners include Catherine the Great of Russia, Madame De Pompadour and Empress Maria Theresa of Austria.
KC (UK): Toy
UKC: Companion Dogs
FCI: Group 9, Section 1.1 Bichons #196