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6-13 lbs
​United States

The Dualanese is a toy breed and are made up of a cross between a purebred Havanese and purebred Bolognese. They usually weigh up to 14 pounds and common colors are white, black, black and tan, sable and grey. The Havanese has a thick coat which is silky, soft, and light, while the Bolognese has a coat that is long and fluffy. The Bolognese is intelligent and playful and doesn’t need much exercise to be happy and content. A Havanese will need more exercise so it will depend on which parent breed the Dualanese most takes after as to how much exercise they will need. A Havanese is affectionate and loving but hates being left alone.

Date of Origin
Bolognese, Havanese

Dualanese Health

Average Size
Male Dualanese size stats
Height: 9-11 inches Weight: 7-14 lbs
Female Dualanese size stats
Height: 8-10 inches Weight: 6-13 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease
  • Portosystemic Shunt
Minor Concerns
  • Mitral Valve Disease
  • Heart Murmur
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Cataracts
  • Deafness
  • Dental Problems
Occasional Tests
  • X-Rays
  • Eye Examination
  • Physical Examination
  • Blood Work
  • Electrocardiograph (ECG - measures rate and rhythm)

Dualanese Breed History

The Dualanese is a combination of a Bolognese and a Havanese, the latter being the national dog of Cuba. Havanese were developed from the Blanquito de la Habana - "little white dog of Havana" - which are now extinct. It is believed the Blanquito was cross-bred with other Bichon types, including the Poodle, to create the Havanese. They are believed to have been brought on ships along with the early colonists to Cuba and it is assumed that they were the dog of Tenerife, which is the common ancestor to all the Bichon family. The Spanish colonists in Cuba took a liking to the little dogs and kept them as companion pets in their homes. When Cubans fled to the United States during the revolution many left their dogs behind. However some made it to the US and they were officially recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1996 and are now one of the fastest growing breeds of dogs in the club. The Bolognese belongs to the Bichon family of dogs and are named after Bologna in Northern Italy where it is believed the breed was established. Other Bichon breeds include the Coton de Tulear and the Maltese. Bolognese dogs were pampered pets of noble Italian families and were also owned by the likes of Catherine the Great of Russia and the Marquise de Pompadour, the mistress of Louis XV of France. The breed is pictured in tapestry work by Flemish craftsmen as far back as the 17th century. They were later imported to England and exhibited at the Crufts dog show in 2002. The breed is not yet recognized by the American Kennel Club.

Dualanese Breed Appearance

The Dualanese is a toy breed made up of a cross between a purebred Havanese and purebred Bolognese. Common colors are white, black, black and tan, sable and grey and the coat may vary depending on which parent breed is more dominant. The Havanese has a thick coat which is silky, soft, and light, and they sometimes have watery eyes which result in tear stains. The eyes are usually almond shaped and dark brown. They are sturdy little dogs with their tails carried over the back and ears that drop and fold. A Bolognese is also quite sturdy with eyes that are big and round and ears set high on the head. The tail is also carried curved over the back.

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Dualanese eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Dualanese nose
brown Dualanese nose
Coat Color Possibilities
white Dualanese coat
black Dualanese coat
brown Dualanese coat
sable Dualanese coat
gray Dualanese coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Dualanese straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Dualanese Breed Maintenance

The Dualanese will need a moderate amount of grooming to keep looking good. They should be brushed two or three times a week to remove loose hair and get rid of any mats and dirt. They might need a trim as both parent breeds tend to and also wipe any tear stains from around their eyes. The Dualanese is likely to be hypoallergenic so is good for people with allergies and they won’t have a strong odor but regular bathing will keep their coats looking good. Try to brush your dog’s teeth daily and check ears for any dirt which can then be wiped gently with the moist ball of cotton wool. Nails also need to be checked to see if they need clipping.

Brushes for Dualanese
Pin Brush
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Dualanese requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Dualanese Temperament

A Dualanese is likely to take after the parent breeds which means they will be very affectionate dogs who can be entertaining and love attention. They will make great companion dogs and love to be with the family and not be left alone for too long. Small children will need to be monitored but they are good with older children and other pets, even cats. They are smart dogs and enjoy performing but are happy to do whatever the owner is doing most of the time. Like the parent breeds, they are dogs that need early socialization to prevent any bad habits from forming but can be trained fairly easily. They will respond best to positive reinforcement especially when it comes to house training. They won’t need a lot of exercise to keep healthy and fit and often attach themselves to one person who they follow devotedly. They can be a little wary of strangers.

Dualanese Activity Requirements

Dualanese are energetic dogs but won’t need much more than 30 minutes of exercise a day to maintain their fitness. They will be happy playing with their owners and manage well with people of all ages. They can thrive in any size home or apartment as long as they are exercised daily either by going for a walk or playing ball games in the yard or evening playing inside. As with all dogs, they are better behaved when they are exercised regularly to prevent any bad habits forming. They prefer the warmer weather so shouldn’t be left outside when it is cold.

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
4 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
30 minutes

Dualanese Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
Daily Cost
$0.7 - $1
Monthly Cost
$20 - $30

Dualanese Owner Experiences

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