Q. I’ve been told to brush the matts out of my dog’s hair before I bathe him.

What do you suggest?

A. Personally, I prefer to bathe my dogs before I brush them. I blow their hair dry while brushing it with my good pin brush. Most of the matts come out this way. Sometimes they all come out, depends on when I Iast brushed the dog. Use a good conditioner in the bath and use a detangler while grooming. I use THE STUFF. Be careful though. One year I had my hair done just a few days before Christmas. It looked great on Christmas Eve. But Christmas Day was another story. I spent most of the day wondering why my hair was so straight. Then I remembered: I forgot to use conditioner in the shower and grabbed THE STUFF instead and sprayed it on my own hair. I felt better after remembering that. I thought my perm had fallen out!

Q. How do I remove matts from the fur?

A. First off, these dogs have hair, not fur. This is what helps make them be ‘hypoallergenic’ dogs. If you try to pull the matt apart and it looks kind of like a spider web, you can get the matt out by brushing and combing. If the matt will not pull apart, it will need to be cut out. This is what you don’t want!! If you cut too many matts out you may as well keep the hair short. If you work too hard at brushing the hair, you will break the hair and it will eventually have a bunch of holes in the coat and you will want to cut him right down and keep him brushed so you don’t have to do it again! The hair of the Bolonka is similar to the hair of the Maltese. In fact, most Bolonkas look like colored Maltese. ​

F.A.Q.

Q. Are your breeds ‘yappy’?

A. We have not found that to be the case. Of course they bark around here because there are so many of them. (Here’s hoping the Fostering Programme will help that situaton.) We have not had complaints from people who have purchased any of our dogs. So I think, for the most part, that the dogs aren’t yappy. I would say that our Bolonkas, being smaller, bark more than the Bolognese. Lots of the barking is directed to the Bolognese, lol.​


Q. Do your dogs get along OK with other dogs in the family?

A. Yes, they do. We have placed a number of our puppies in families with other dogs, some much larger than ours. Not only do the puppies do well, the other dogs get along well with them. The larger dogs are very gentle with the puppies.​

Call Today: (613) 832-4250

Email us @: info@bolobabies.ca

Q. I’ve been told to brush the matts out of my dog’s hair before I bathe him.

What do you suggest?

A. Personally, I prefer to bathe my dogs before I brush them. I blow their hair dry while brushing it with my good pin brush. Most of the matts come out this way. Sometimes they all come out, depends on when I Iast brushed the dog. Use a good conditioner in the bath and use a detangler while grooming. I use THE STUFF. Be careful though. One year I had my hair done just a few days before Christmas. It looked great on Christmas Eve. But Christmas Day was another story. I spent most of the day wondering why my hair was so straight. Then I remembered: I forgot to use conditioner in the shower and grabbed THE STUFF instead and sprayed it on my own hair. I felt better after remembering that. I thought my perm had fallen out!

Q. What can I expect if I purchase an older dog?

A. It’s very hard to predict how an older dog will adapt to your environment. The best we can do is make an educated guess considering the dog’s known behaviour and the environment you can offer a dog. We will ask anyone who takes one of our older dogs to start obedience training immediately.  Our dogs usually roll over on their back (“I’m not a threat, honest!”) but some can become pretty unpleasant when they are frightened. The breeds themselves are meant to be companions to their people and they do quite a good job of it. They do not do well if left for for long periods alone and they may exhibit symptoms of separation anxiety. With proper training it is possible to change some behaviours. Because it will take time to see if an older dog will fit into your home, we offer a 30 day money back guarantee for these dogs.

Q. I’ve heard that Bolognese and Bolonkas are high maintenance dogs.

Is this true?

A. These dogs do need grooming on a regular basis. Brushing and combing their hair several times a week, and trimming their paws, facial hair and under the tail

as needed is a good thing to do in order to keep your Bolognese or Bolonka looking and feeling great. The Bolonkas need less maintenance than the Bolognese, as their hair is wavy, not curly. You might only need a metal comb for their hair, whereas the Bolognese will probably need regular use of a pin brush.

It’s best to get a metal pin brush with lots more pins than what you see in pet stores. Use the internet to locate a brush with more steel pins.​

Q. How often do I need to bathe my dog?

A. There is no rule about when to bathe your dog, it’s entirely up to you. Some people bathe once a week, some once a month, and some even longer. The important thing is that your dog is relatively clean with no matts. If you do not brush often you could be in trouble and need to have the dog shaved down. Groomers will not remove the matts. If you bathe often pay attention to the dogs’s coat. It may dry out. All dogs should have a conditioner after their shampoo, just like you do. They have hair, not fur, remember?​