The Italian Bolognese are an ideal companion dog.
They are a small, white toy dog with square compact outline
and distinctive flocked coat.
Prized for their affectionate nature and balanced disposition,
they are generally active and playful, and adore your companionship.
This is a smart, loving dog who wants and needs to spend lots of time
with their humans. A fun-loving freethinker, the Italian Bolognese
are quick to learn and only want to please you.
Bolognese are generally a healthy happy breed with few underlying issues.
But it is always advisable to test for luxating patellas and eyesight.
I regularly test all of my dogs and bitches and only breed from
health tested Bolognese to maintain the highest standards.
What is a luxating patella?
When a healthy knee bends, the kneecap slides up and down a groove in the thigh bone. A healthy kneecap should NEVER slip out of the groove,
and if it does, we call it a luxating patella (dislocating kneecap).When the kneecap dislocates, it stops the knee from bending, causes a limp and rubs past the bone as it slips, which over time, can cause pain and arthritis.
Patella luxation can affect one of both knees and varies from grade 1 to 4.
Grades 3 to 4 usually require surgery. Symptoms can appear at any time but they often develop before 12 months of age. Symptoms include intermittent hopping/skipping, this usually lasts for a few seconds until the kneecap has slipped back again. Stiffness can affect one or both back legs.
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Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
PRA describes a group of inherited degenerative disorders of the retina that occur commonly in dogs aged between 6 and 7. Dogs eventually become blind but otherwise remain to live a happy and healthy life.
The BVA eye scheme was established in 1966 as a means of identifying inherited and non inherited eye conditions in dogs. It is a clinical eye examination carried out by expert veterinary surgeons
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Italian Bolognese do not need a lot of exercise.
They can be full of beans and bouncing around like a puppy but equally quite happy to snuggle up on the sofa.
Their grooming is high maintenance as they need grooming several times a week.
I recommend Royal Canin dry dog kibble.
I have no issues with weight management and my dogs have lovely coats and sparkling eyes.