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Just like its food namesake, the Bolognese dog originated in the Italian city Bologna around the 11th and 12th century. In the early years it was renowned as a companion dog, although it gradually rose to fame after Cosimo the Elder, an Italian political leader, brought some of the dogs over to Spain as a royal gift. This led to the breed appearing in numerous paintings by respected artists, although it wasnít long before this popularity waned. In fact, the Bolognese is now one of the rarest breeds in the United States and its estimated there are less than 1000 left in the country.

A relatively small dog, the Bolognese stands at approximately eleven inches and weights in between five and nine pounds. On first viewing one may describe the breed as stocky, with the dog being as wide as it stands tall. Their coat is pure white and fluffy, which makes the dark, black eyes and nose stand our profusely. The teeth of this breed are razor sharp making the Bolognese have a scissor bite, while the ears are set high and droop down the side of the skull.

The Bolognese is regarded as an excellent companion and a breed that will get along well with other pets and children. While itís rare, it can be used as a Watchdog as it will bark at potential dangers. While it is always seen as a companion and family dog, it has something of a reserved character and doesnít possess bundles of energy. However, thereís no doubting that this breed forms an incredibly close relationship with its owner and while it may not have as much energy as other breeds, itís still playful and a perfect family pet.

Although well suited to apartment life, the Bolognese still likes exercise and any owner should be prepared to at least take them on walks. One thing that separates the breed from a lot of others is its impeccable health as there are no major known problems related to the Bolognese. This means that the breed has a relatively long life expectancy, with most living fourteen years on average.


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