Bolognese Puppy Care

Bolognese Breed Profile

Average Weight:
Male – 2.5 – 4kg (6 – 9lbs).
Female – 2.5 – 4kg (6 – 9lbs).

Average Height:
Male – 27 – 30.5cm (11 – 12in).
Female – 24 – 28cm (9.5 – 11in).

Coat:
Long, fluffy coat.

Average Life Span:
12 – 15 years.

Average Litter Size:
3 – 7 puppies.

Bolognese Fast Facts

Ease To Train
Exercise Needs
Grooming Frequency
Energy Level
Protective Instincts
Behaviour Around Children
Relationship With Other Pets
Loyalty To Owner
Ease To Train
Some dogs are easy to train while others require more effort. General breed factors are taken into consideration to determine how easy you should find it to train your dog. On the scale, a 1 indicates that your dog will be difficult to train while a 10 indicates that your dog should be easy to train.

Exercise Needs
Dogs vary greatly in the amount of exercise they need on a daily basis. Some may need long, vigorous walks while a walk around the block will be sufficient for some. A score towards the lower end of the scale means that your dog requires little exercise while a score towards 5 indicates that they have high exercise needs.

Grooming Frequency
Depending on your dog’s coat, the grooming frequency will vary. Some will need brushing every day while others can be groomed once a week. On this scale, a 1 shows that a dog needs very little grooming while a 5 shows they require plenty of upkeep.

Energy Level
Some breeds have incredibly high energy levels and find it difficult to rest while others prefer sleeping for large parts of the day. A score of 1 on the scale indicates the dog has a low energy level while a 5 shows they have extremely high levels of energy.

Protective Instincts
Many dogs have protective instincts and may act wary around strangers while others are much more friendly and accepting. A score of 1 indicates that your dog is unlikely to react to strangers while a score of 5 shows that your dog is likely to be wary.

Behaviour Around Children
Many dogs that are reared and socialised around children understand how to interact with them but some breeds are completely unsuitable to have around children. On this scale, a score of 1 shows that a breed is not good around children while a score of 5 shows they are perfectly compatible.

Relationship With Other Pets
Stereotypically dogs don’t get on with other pets but often this is not the case; many dogs enjoy the company of other animals. A score of 1 shows that it is not a good idea to mix a breed with other pets while a 5 indicates they tend to get on well with other animals.

Loyalty To Owner
Most dogs are extremely loyal to their owners and family, although there are a few that are quite independent. A low score of 1 indicates that a breed does not have a strong sense of loyalty while a score of 5 shows that they are extremely loyal.

The correct care for Bolognese puppies is important as this toy breed needs the best upbringing it can get, helping it grow into a strong, healthy adult. These dogs are true and loyal companions and much of caring for your pup will be forming a strong bond between you. From a young age they will strive to be by your side so you will have to learn to cope with this to a degree, while also being careful of their presence under your feet. While this close bond is nice, they are likely to suffer from separation anxiety when you leave them, something no owner wants. Therefore you need to strike a fine balance between being their friend and being their owner, enforcing the importance of independence when you need to. For many, this involves putting Bolognese puppies through crate training.

Grooming is vital for Bolognese puppies as this breed will need to be significantly brushed throughout their years. By starting gentle brushing as a pup, they will be used to grooming all throughout their life. At the start it is best to brush your Bolognese two or three times a week, either using a pin brush or bristle brush and a fine metal comb. This helps separate the hairs and remove any small mats, helping to make it flow nice and even. You should also start to bathe your puppy from a young age as this will need to be done to keep the white coat looking its best. Warm water, a whitening shampoo, a good conditioner and a fluffy towel are all you really need to do a good job. Bonding with Bolognese puppies during this time is a great idea.

Exercise and training are also important for Bolognese puppies, keeping your dog healthy and allowing you to control them when you need to. These dogs need very little exercise when fully grown so even less is needed when they are youngsters, a short walk around the block being more than enough. Combine this with plenty of play time and frequent training sessions and your pup will expend plenty of energy. Training should include everything from basic commands and obedience to house breaking and taking their place in the pecking order. By looking after Bolognese puppies in the correct way you are guaranteeing the behaviour of your dog for years to come.


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