The Bolognese is a very sturdy, small dog. They are highly
intelligent, quick to learn, and completely devoted to their
masters. They have a pleasing disposition and are wonderful
playmates for children.
The medium length head is proportionate to the size of the
body. The stop is moderate. The moderate length muzzle has
no indication of snippiness. The lips and nose must be absolutely
black, no other color is allowed.
A full complement of strong, white teeth meeting in a scissors
bite is preferred. A level bite is permissible. Six (6) upper
and six (6) (lower incisors are preferred, however it is more
important that the incisors present an even, smooth line between
the canines. The size of the dog often determines the number
The eyes must be well open, and of a size larger than normal.
They are round and dark. Eye rim pigmentation is black. The
eye expression is that of a lively and intelligent dog.
Nose color must be black. No other color is allowed.
The medium long, dropped ears are placed high on the head.
The upper part rests lightly aside the skull, giving the head
the appearance of width.
The neck is of sufficient length to give a graceful balance
to the overall appearance of the dog.
The forelegs have moderate angulation. They are well-boned.
A square overall appearance is the most desirable, but slightly
oblong is permissible. The body should appear sturdy. The
topline is straight. The ribs are well sprung.
The hind legs have moderate angulation. They are well-boned.
The tail is carried curved over the back. It is furnished
with long hair in locks.
The hair is long, in locks, without laying flat against the
body. The locks cover the entire head, body and limbs, and
appear shorter only on the forehead. The tail is furnished
with long hair in locks.
The coat is shown natural length, with no trimming except
for neatening around the bottom of the feet and for hygienic
White is the acceptable color. Champagne color is permissible
on puppies, as this indicates strong pigmentation in the genes.
The adult dog is not to be faulted for small touches of champagne
on the ears and occasionally on the back, but as an adult
must give the overall appearance of a white dog.
Height & weight
Height range for males is from 10 to 12-1/2 inches, measured
at the shoulders.
Height range for females is from 9 to 12 inches, measured
at the shoulder.
Weight averages from eight (8) to fourteen (14) pounds.
Mid-weight and mid-height are considered the most desirable.
The forelegs reach straight forward freely from the shoulder.
The rear legs converge toward a straight line. The Judge must
see the tail carried over the back while gaiting.
Unilateral or bilateral cryptorchid. Extreme viciousness
or shyness. Undershot bite. Overshot bite. Lack of good, black
pigment on the nose, lips, or eye rims. Straight coat in an