The Bolognese is a small dog that looks very much like the Bichon Frise (and is from the same group). Originating in Italy, you can expect this dog to weigh no more than 9 lb! It has a long, fluffy white coat, and doesn’t tend to shed very much. That makes it a great choice if you tend to suffer from allergies, although remember, no dog is truly hypoallergenic. Still, a low-shedding breed like this is likely the best option if you’re determined to get a dog despite allergies!
These dogs are good for first-time owners or retirees who can spend a lot of time with them. They’re the perfect balance of playful and affectionate, happy to play with their toys and cuddle on the couch. Due to their small size, they don’t need very much exercise at all — one decent walk a day should do the trick.
The Bolognese – A Dog That Needs Company
They also respond very well to training. Despite their intelligence, they aren’t stubborn, and are very happy to please their owner. The Bolognese, being a small dog, may take a while to potty train though. They likely won’t have full control over their bladder until they’re around six months, so patience is key. Don’t punish them for accidents. Instead, ignore accidents in the house and praise the dog when they do their business outside.
One thing to watch with the Bolognese is their potential for separation anxiety. They aren’t the kind of dogs who’ll be happy alone for eight hours every day. You can, however, train them to spend small periods of time alone. Make sure you take it slowly and carefully, as dogs with separation anxiety can be difficult to deal with due to their stress, vocalization, and often, the bad habits they develop from it.