The Bolognese breed originated in Bologna, Italy during the Renaissance. Over the centuries its numbers dwindled as the aristocracy’s power waned, but dedicated breeders eventually restored the Bolognese population.
The Bolognese is a compact, toy-sized dog covered in a long, fluffy white coat. It has a medium-sized head with a rounded skull, hanging ears, square muzzle, and dark nose and eyes. The Bolognese has a medium-long neck, and its plumed tail is carried over its back. Overall, the Bolognese looks distinguished but friendly.
The Bolognese can live as long as 15 years with relatively few genetic health issues.
- Shaker dog syndrome
- Legg-Calve-Perthes disease
- Mitral valve endocardiosis
- Patent ductus arteriosus
- Cystitis, urolithiasis
- Diabetes mellitus