6-10 lbs
United States
The Bolo-Chi is a hybrid mix of two companion dogs: the Bolognese and the Chihuahua. The Bolognese is not as well-known a dog in the United States as the Chihuahua, and little is known on this hybrid mix. Understanding the potential character traits of this hybrid require owners to look at the parent breeds. Both parents are currently bred as companions and are toy size. The resulting Bolo-Chi is also small in stature and well suited for apartment living. Where the Bolognese is an all-around friendly dog, the Chihuahua is leery of strangers. Your Bolo-Chi will lean one way or the other but will be affectionate with its family.
purpose Purpose
history Date of Origin
ancestry Ancestry
Bolognese, Chihuahua

Bolo-Chi Health

Average Size
Male Bolo-Chi size stats
Height: 8-10 inches Weight: 6-10 lbs
Female Bolo-Chi size stats
Height: 8-10 inches Weight: 6-10 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Dental Problems
  • Joint conditions
Minor Concerns
  • Skin Allergies
  • Skin Infections
Occasional Tests
  • X-Rays
  • Dental and Oral Examinations

Bolo-Chi Breed History

The Bolo-Chi is a hybrid of the Bolognese and the Chihuahua. The mix is a modern designer dog intended as a companion dog and does not have a long and well-known history. As such, owners must look at the history of the breed parents to understand the history of this hybrid. The Bolognese is a toy companion breed of the Water Spaniel family. French and Italian courtesans and nobility maintained the breed, which also goes by the name Bichon Bolognese and is closely related to the Bichon Frise; frise being a French word for frizzy and referring to the soft, frizzy hair on the white coated toy close cousin. This breed’s Italian name, Bolognese, refers to the Italian province of Bologna, where the breed is thought to have developed. The Chihuahua is a New World breed, having possibly crossed the Bering Strait more than 30,000 years ago and finding its way to Mesoamerica and modern-day Mexico. The Chihuahua was kept and bred for vermin control by the Aztec and Toltec people for centuries before making its way north again through importation in the 1800s. Originally short coated, the long-haired varieties of Chihuahua may have been cross bred with Silky Terriers. Today, the Bolo-Chi is recognized by American Canine Hybrid Club, the Designer Dog Kennel Club, the Dog Registry of America, and the International Designer Canine Registry. Faithful to both parents, this mix is bred for companionship and is ideally suited to small space living.

Bolo-Chi Breed Appearance

The Bolo-Chi has fluffy hair, just like its Bolognese parent and is white. However, slight variations in tone can occur to give the Bolo-Chi a wheaten look on the face and legs. Both parent breeds are toys, but the Bolognese stands slightly taller. Your Bolo-Chi will most likely be of small stature but can grow to ten inches. The legs on a Bolo-Chi are long and thin, and the feet are dainty and compact. The head of a Bolo-Chi is well-rounded with a short muzzle and the ears, under all the fluffy hair, fall to the side. The Bolo-Chi may have an underbite and accompanying dental issues thanks to the Chihuahua parent.
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
coat density
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Bolo-Chi Breed Maintenance

The Bolo-Chi is most likely a hypoallergenic hybrid or will certainly lean more towards the hypoallergenic. The shedding levels on this mix are very low despite the length of hair, which is attributed to the double coat. However, grooming requirements are greater on this hybrid. The Bolo-Chi requires daily grooming to keep its long coat free from tangles and looking its best. Brushing will remove dead and loose hair, and help evenly distribute the natural oils of the Bolo-Chi’s skin. Bathing is not recommended since dermatitis is common in this hybrid. Bathe your Bolo-Chi only when necessary and use lukewarm water. Gently pat dry your Bolo-Chi after his bath with a clean, perfume free towel. The Chihuahua is prone to dental issues so pay attention to your Bolo-Chi’s dental health and clean his teeth at least three times a week to prevent disease.
Brushing Frequency
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Bolo-Chi requires weekly brushing
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Bolo-Chi Activity Requirements

The Bolo-Chi is very affectionate with its family thanks to both parent breeds, but while the Bolognese is an all-around friendly breed, the Chihuahua is leery of strangers and more feisty and mouthy. While this mix will do well with children if socialized early on, the Bolo-Chi is not well suited for small children who might tease and chase it. Order children with a healthy respect for dogs will do just fine though. Depending on which parent breed the Bolo-Chi most resembles determines how well your dog gets on with other dogs and cats. The Chihuahua is not well suited for other animals but can be socialized and learn to live in harmony. The Bolognese loves all animals and makes a great companion for dogs and cats, despite its Water Spaniel ancestry. The Bolo-Chi is a high energy dog but doesn’t require intense exercise to calm down. Your Bolo-Chi will run around the house, jump up, and dance around on its hind legs a few times a day and be satisfied to take a nap before dinner time.
Activity Level
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