The Bolognese is a purebred dog breed. This doggo goes by a few other nicknames, such as the Bichon Bolognese, Bolo, or the Bolognese Toy Dog. Initially bred as a companion dog, this doggo comes from Italy in the 1800s. Today, they’re playful, easy-going, and devoted. If you want to learn more about Bolognese puppies, then keep reading.
Where to get Bolognese Puppies
As with all dogs, you’ll be able to find this dog breed anywhere you can adopt dogs. But, first, it’s a good idea to check with your local animal shelter or breed rescue organization. They might have Bolognese puppies, adults, seniors, or mixed breeds available for adoption.
Most of these dogs have been found as strays or were abandoned or surrendered by their previous owners. So, you can save a dog’s life by giving them a forever, loving home. Vito…
On the other hand, if you have your heart set on getting a puppy and want to know where the dog came from, you can go through a reputable breeder. Since the American Kennel Club recognizes this breed, you can search for ethical breeders on the AKC Marketplace.
You’ll be able to tell a good breeder from the rest because they’ll do the following:
- Health screen and genetically test the dogs to ensure it’s safe and healthy for them to breed (then get the puppies tested)
- Have health documents and family tree history available for you to bring home upon adoption
- Want to meet with you in person to get to know you and to allow you to meet the parents and the puppies
- Socialize and train the puppies as early as possible
- Ensure the puppies are up to date with their vaccinations
In addition, a good breeder will have the dogs living in their home with them as part of the family. Also, the puppies will be kennel-free, aside from crate training.
So, if you find a breeder that doesn’t do the above, then they’re most likely a backyard breeder or a puppy mill. You’ll want to avoid working with them because they don’t breed the dogs in healthy or safe conditions. Also, they’re more interested in making a profit rather than finding the puppies good homes.
The average cost of Bolognese puppies is between $1,500 and $2,500. However, the price may vary depending on the breeder’s location, the breed’s popularity, the time of year, the number of puppies in the litter, and more.
Bolognese puppies will grow to be small dogs. For example, they can grow about ten to 12 inches tall and weigh between six to ten pounds.
Also, they have a wavy, silky long coat that can only come in a white coat color without any markings.
Bolognese puppies make an excellent family companion dog. For example, they’re loyal and affectionate with their family members. Also, they’re great around young children and meeting other dogs. When it comes to meeting strangers, though, they’ll be extra friendly. On the other hand, Bolognese won’t make a great guard dog or watchdog.
However, they rarely bark, so they’re relatively quiet. Also, they need early socialization and training, and luckily they’re easy to train. In addition, this doggo has low energy needs. They can live well in an apartment or a bigger house with a fenced-in yard. They’ll only need one quick walk a day to stay healthy and fit. Oliver…
Bolognese Puppies – Veterinary Needs
As with all dogs, you’ll want to bring this pup to the vet at least once a year for their annual checkup. However, as a puppy, you’ll want to get them to the vet more often so you can keep track of their growth and development. Also, you can keep them up to date with their shots and boosters.
Unfortunately, Bolognese dogs are prone to some health issues, such as:
- Hip Dysplasia
- Patellar Luxation
- Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
- Legg-Calves-Perthes Disease
- Periodontal Disease
- Otitis Externa
However, this dog breed has an average lifespan of about 12 to 14 years with proper care.
With your vet’s approval, you can provide any dog food for this pup. As long as it’s appropriate for your dog’s breed size, age, weight, and metabolism, it should be safe. For example, you can feed them high-quality kibble or canned wet food from a commercial dog food brand or homemade dog food.
While this doggo doesn’t shed or drool much, you’ll still want to brush their coat at least once a week to keep their silky coat looking nice. Also, they’ll require regular maintenance to keep their coat shiny and healthy. After that, you can bathe them at home or bring them to a professional grooming salon once every two months.
In addition, be sure to keep up with brushing their teeth, trimming their nails, and cleaning their ears regularly.