They belong to the Bichon family group, which includes the Bichon Frise, Maltese, Lowchen, Havanese and Coton de Tulear. Although there are some similarities the Bolognese are a distinctive breed in their own right. The Bolognese is an ancient breed of noble origins, and has its roots with Italian Aristocracy. The Bolognese are named after Bologna, a city in northern Italy, thought to be the place of their conception. The existence of the Bolognese has been recorded since the year 1200.
The Bolognese genuinely enjoys companionship of people and forms a close relationship with his owner. They are true companions and thrive on their owner’s attention. They have been known to follow their owners wherever they go. They do not do well when left alone for long period of time. They may protest vocally when the owner is busy and cannot pay attention to him or her, but a quick romp in the yard or tug-of-war in the play room will solve the issue.
Ideal owners of Bolognese include families with children, retirees, and city dwellers. They are a good choice for counselors or therapists since their soothing nature helps calm the patients down. Many psychologists use this breed as emotional support dogs.
They are intelligent dogs that learn quickly. They are easily trained and make excellent Certified Working Dogs.
Even in ruins from the Greek and Roman times there is evidence that these adorable little white dogs were in existence. Since then there are many instances of their presence. Some say it is thought that they originate from the ancient Barbet, although others say it is not clear from where they originate. For a long time the Bolognese was considered a Maltese with curly hair, but eventually it did become its own breed.
During the Renaissance these lovely dogs became valuable gifts given to royalty and nobility. There are many paintings of women in the courts with Bolognese sitting on their laps. These dogs have never been anything but faithful companions to their owners. They really do know how to do that job!