9.5-10" (24-26 cm) 8-10 lb (3.5-4.5 kg) Silky, thick, soft outercoat with dense undercoat. Dense outercoat often forming waves or curls. Long fur on both face and body, with beard and mustache requires daily grroming. All colours except white.
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The true ancestry of this breed is unknown, but one common belief is that the Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka (translation — coloured lapdogs) is descended from the French Bolonka brought into Russia by Napoleon’s army and those Bichon Frises gifted to Russian nobility towards the end of the Renaissance period. When the French army retreated, the little dogs, including Bichons, Shih Tzus and long-haired Yorkshire Terriers, became the foundation stock for this breed. Russia’s utilitarian attitude toward dogs (for herding and hunting) made the toy dogs rare prestigious. In the 1960s, post-Khrushchev, the Soviet Union loosened restrictions on dog breeding, resulting in more toy breeds.
The Bolonka is a happy-go-lucky, even-tempered dog that bonds deeply with his family but loves to be best friends with everyone he meets, including children and other animals. This dog’s versatile personality means he will eagerly participate in group activities, but is also content to sit on the sidelines. Often described as a “bundle of joy”, the Bolonka is very affectionate and trusting, but he’s no pushover since he often thinks he’s bigger than he is. Walking and playing are the Bolonka’s preferred forms of exercise, which makes these dogs great for both city and country.
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