Bologco

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12-17 lbs
12-14"
United States

The Bologco is a hybrid of the Bolognese and the Cocker Spaniel.  Bred as a companion and designer dog, this well-mannered, sweet dispositioned mix is perfect for families and small space living.  Those not much is known on the hybrid, the parent breeds are known for their long, beautiful coats.  The Bologco will need daily grooming to keep up his appearance.  Sometimes slightly submissive, the Bologco is a sensitive mix and needs a patient family and happy home. 

Purpose
Companion
Date of Origin
2000s
Ancestry
Bolognese, Cocker Spaniel

Bologco Health

Average Size
Height: 13-15 inches Weight: 15-20 lbs
Height: 12-14 inches Weight: 12-17 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Hip Dysplasia
Minor Concerns
  • Otitis Externa
  • Cataracts
  • Glaucoma
  • Corneal Dystrophy
  • Hot Spots
Occasional Tests
  • Hip And Eyes
  • X-Rays
  • Physical Examination
  • Skin Evaluation

Bologco Breed History

The Bologco is a hybrid of the Bolognese and the Cocker Spaniel.  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 Cocker Spaniel is divided into two breeds, the English and the American Cocker Spaniel and is part of the much larger Spaniel family.  The Spaniel family is an old and considerably large one, having been divided into two groups, the Water Spaniels and the Land Spaniels.  Cocker Spaniels belong to the land group and are further differentiated by the smaller size.  The Cocker Spaniel was bred for its woodcock hunting abilities, which lends the Cocker name.  Spaniel indicates Spain, the region all Spaniels developed in before importation.  The Cocker Spaniel gained a lot of popularity in the 1800s as a conformation breed, and several Champions arise in both the United States and in America.  The popularity and showmanship of the breed turned the focus away from hunting and more for show.  However, the Cocker Spaniel still maintains its position in the Sporting Group for its hunting abilities. Today, the Bologco 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 has the sweetest disposition.  The Bologco is ideally suited to small space living as well, making it a perfect hybrid for apartments.

Bologco Breed Appearance

The Bologco has a compact body but is not a delicate as is seems.  They have sturdy, strong muscles and typically do not weigh more than 15 pounds when fully grown.  The head is round with an average length muzzle and a proportionate black nose.  The face most resembles the Bolognese with oval shaped dark eyes, but the silky, soft ears are distinctly Cocker Spaniel with a long length falling down the head and a curly look.  The Bologco’s legs are short, and the body is longer than it is tall giving this dog a low to the ground look.  The tail has a sickle-curve over the back as well.

Bologco Breed Maintenance

The Bologco is a hypoallergenic hybrid or at least leans toward hypoallergenic. This breed does not shed much but requires frequent grooming and brushing to keep its medium length hair shiny and free of mats.  The Bologco’s hair will continuously grow and since it does not shed you will have to stay diligent on grooming practices.  While brushing your Bologco, clean her ears with a veterinarian approved solution to remove any dirt, wax, or debris since this mix is prone to ear infections.  As a hypoallergenic mix, avoid bathing your Bologco and stick to frequent brushing to distribute natural oils, remove dead and loose hair, and remove dirt and debris from the coat. 

Bologco Temperament

The Bologco is an active, friendly dog who is more sensitive to human emotion than most other dogs.  They are highly affectionate with their families and have sweet dispositions.  As active and sturdy as they are, the Bologco is better suited for older children rather than small, young kids.  This mix can be both mouthy and fearful of noises and children, which can lead to behavioral issues.  However, the Bologco will be fine with strangers and very friendly.  A gentle, cheerful voice communicates safety for this mix. The Bologco is an exceptional companion for other dogs and even cats.  They do love to play and may give chase for a few minutes to the family cat but will settle down quickly.  The Bologco is an intelligent mix and easy to train.  However, their sensitivity demands gentle training.  No hard handed or harsh voices for this mix.  The Bologco needs plenty of mental and physical stimulation daily to lead and healthy life. 

Bologco Activity Requirements

The Bologco is a mix of two high energy breeds and needs a fair amount of daily exercise given its small size.  However, the intensity of exercise doesn’t have to be great.  Instead of focusing on wearing your Bologco out, engage in mentally stimulating games and exercises to satisfy them.  The mental workout can include learning new tricks that work the body and mind together.  This energy output will help your Bologco develop a healthy personality free of underlying behavioral disorders.  A good run around the couch or backyard is also suggested daily. The Bologco can get all of its daily mental and physical exercise inside and is well suited for apartment living.  This mix also has a high tolerance for both hot and cold weather, but its indoor living arrangement makes living anywhere possible.

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