Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka

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Breed Attributes


Breed group: Toy    Type: Pure Breed    Talent: ,


Size: Small     Weight: 3-10 lbs     Fur length: Long    Ears: Flappy    Fur type: Curly    Fur Color: 3 Colors, Black, Black & Brown, Black & White, Brown & White, Dark Brown / Chocolate, Gray / Salt & Pepper, Light Brown / Golden


Life Expectancy: 10-14 years    Rarity: Uncommon    Availability: Hard to find    Climate: Not good for cold climate.

Breed Details


The Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka is a small Bichon type dog that originated in Russia and further developed in Germany. This breed was developed from Bichon Frise,Lhasa-apsos, Toy poodles, Shi-Tzu, French bolognese and pekingese as well as local small fluffy mongrel dogs. The term "Bolonka" refers to two small dogs, one is the Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka and the other is Franzuskaya Bolonka. There is no difference except for coat colour. The Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka can come in all colours except white which should never exceed 20% of body color if it is present. The Franzuskaya, on the other hand, is all white. "Bolonka" in Russia, means lapdog and "Tsvetnaya Bolonka" means colourful lapdog.

The Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka is a small dog that stands between 7-10 inches and weighs 3-10 lbs. It has a small yet moderately boned body. The dog has a profuse, dense and thick, silky coat which comes in all colours except white.

This breed is NOT recognized by AKC or any other major kennel club.


All colours are acceptable for this dog except white. It usually comes in black, black and tan, brown, grey(wolf-silver), red, fawn, cream, saddle, brindle. White can be present but must not exceed 20% of body colour.


The coat of Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka is dense, thick, profuse, silky, soft and supple, forming large curls or very wavy. large curls are preferred. undercoat is well developed. Head has well developed beard and mustaches.


The Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka is a companion dog and as such, it has friendly and easy going personality. This dog is lively, energetic, loving and very affectionate. This is an even tempered dog that makes wonderful playmate of children. Not overly and easily excited, the dog is equally suitable for small children and senior citizens. They live amicably with animals exhibiting little aggression unless they are first aggressed against. They are quite social animals bonding hard and fast to their humans and are quick to alert to an approaching stranger. Bolonka puppies are exquisite little charmers. Their affection knows no bounds. They are happily curious and wonderful members of the family, getting along well with older dogs, children, and visitors. Today, the Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonkas are becoming increasingly popular and are being called the Dogs of the XXI century as more families prefer smaller dogs.


The dense and thick, profuse coat of this dog needs regular brushing to avoid tangles. Bathe only when necessary.


The Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka is a very eager to please and intelligent breed and should not be difficult to train specially if training is accompanied with positive rewards.


The Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka is a lively and active breed. This dog is active indoor but does need to be taken for daily walk and playing time in a secure open area. This breed was developed as apartment dwellers and can easily fit into apartment lifestyle.

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