Bolonoodle

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6-12 lbs
10-12"
United States
Bolondoodle, Bolopoo, Bolognesepoo, Bolognesedoodle

The Bolonoodle is a popular hybrid dog, a cross between the Bolognese dog and the Poodle. These highly intelligent little dogs are also personable and entertaining, making them an ideal companion animal. They have a single-layer coat of soft hair that is either wavy or curly and can come in many different color combinations. This is a relatively long-lived hybrid, but there are some serious heart disorders which can be exacerbated by obesity, so keeping your Bolonoodle in top condition is crucial for its health. Fortunately, as long as the food and treats are monitored, these animals do not require a large amount of exercise in order to maintain their optimal body condition. 

Purpose
Companion
Date of Origin
2005
Ancestry
Bolognese, Poodle

Bolonoodle Health

Average Size
Height: 10-12 inches Weight: 6-12 lbs
Height: 10-12 inches Weight: 6-12 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
  • Retinal Dysplasia
  • Mitral Valve Disease
  • Obesity
Minor Concerns
  • Sebaceous Adenitis
  • Urolithiasis
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Skin Allergies
  • Diabetes
Occasional Tests
  • Eye
  • Hip
  • Knee
  • Heart
  • Blood And Urine Protein Screens
  • Physical Examination

Bolonoodle Breed History

The Bolonoodle is a fairly recently recognized hybrid, first named around 2005, and is a cross between the Bolognese, a lap dog for royalty, and the Poodle, a small and highly intelligent retriever. The Bolognese breed of dog is a little white bichon type dog that can be traced back to at least the 13th century in Italy. Many of the ruling class prized the little dogs and they were bred by both the Gonzaga and Medici families. Bolognese puppies were sometimes given as cherished gifts to visiting royal families and dignitaries. The breed fell out of favor during the industrial revolution or were killed with their royal families during revolutions, but breed fanciers in Europe began an effort to restore the Bolognese breed in the 1970’s and Bolognese dogs were brought to the United States from Russia in 1986.  The Poodle is more often seen as a companion animal, particularly the miniature and toy varieties, however, the Poodle was originally bred to be a retriever of waterfowl, much like the Labrador or Golden Retrievers, and can still fill that role quite admirably. In fact, their signature haircut reflects that history, with the length of the leg and the body shaved to reduce drag and prevent tangling in the weeds but the vital organs and the joints are still covered by a thick layer of protective hair. They are an ancient breed that was bred originally in Germany, however, they are often associated with France as the standard for the breed was established there. In most cases, the Bolonoodle is a combination of a Bolognese and a Miniature Poodle, but smaller Standard Poodles and Toy Poodles are also occasionally utilized.

Bolonoodle Breed Appearance

The Bolonoodle is a cross between the Bolognese and the Poodle breeds, and as such can have characteristics from either parent breed. They are typically small dogs, with a square profile. They are generally compactly built and have a rounded skull; the muzzle can vary anywhere from the finely built long, straight muzzle of the Poodle to the shorter, square-shaped muzzle of the Bolognese dog.  The ears hang down from the sides of the head, most often to just below the chin, though they can be slightly shorter on occasion. The Bolonoodle’s eyes can be either round or slightly oval but will almost always be dark and have an alert and inquisitive expression. Their single layer coats are soft and fluffy with either a wavy or curly texture. Although many of the Bolonoodle dogs do inherit the all white coat of the Bolognese, they may also get their coloration from the Poodle contribution to their genetics, and Poodles come in many color variations.

Bolonoodle Breed Maintenance

The coat of the Bolonoodle is a single-layer, low shedding coat that is generally considered to be hypoallergenic. Although it is not particularly prone to tangling, it does still tangle and mat on occasion and it requires regular maintenance to keep it soft and healthy. Bathing is not needed on a frequent basis, but having their coat clipped on a regular basis is typically required to keep it looking neat. It is important to note that these dogs may be more prone to allergies than other dogs, and this can include allergies to soaps, shampoos, or other grooming products, so hypoallergenic grooming products may be advisable, and specialized medical shampoos and cleansers may be recommended if chronic skin allergies become a problem. 

Bolonoodle Temperament

The Bolonoodle dog is an entertaining and agreeable dog, with an inquisitive and sometimes mischievous nature.  These are very intelligent dogs and although their physical exercise requirements are not high, they do need mental stimulation to keep them from getting into mischief. They are very attentive and may do well at obedience training, but they can become bored if the training is too repetitive. These are extremely social animals and what they want to be doing most is whatever you are doing; they are typically friendly and affectionate with everybody, family members, strangers, strange dogs, children, and even other animals. As friendly and outgoing as they are, interaction with very small children or with larger dogs should be limited to calm, supervised play to avoid allowing the dog to get hurt or to develop nipping behaviors as a defense mechanism. These little dogs are not excessively energetic, and while they are always ready to play, they are just as content to curl up beside you or in your lap while you work or relax.

Bolonoodle Activity Requirements

This dog has lower exercise needs than many other breeds and is often quite content with several short walks throughout the day, although they will just as happily accompany you on a longer one as well. A rousing session of indoor playtime can be quite satisfactory as well in many cases, as these small dogs require very little room for a good romp, making them excellent candidates for living in apartment homes. They are intelligent animals who enjoy and may excel at advanced obedience training. Although the Bolognese was mainly bred to be a companion, the Poodle was bred as a water retriever and as such, your Bolonoodle may enjoy playing fetch or swimming as well. 

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