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Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka

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Doroteya the Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka at 1 year old—"This is our girl Doroteya hanging out at an ARBA dog show" Photo courtesy of Bolonka Treasures

Other Names

Russian Bolonka

Bolonka-Zwetna

Russkaya Tsvetnaya Bolonka

Description

(The plural for Bolonka is Bolonki.) The Russian Bolonka is moderately boned and should never appear fine-boned. It is accepted in all colors except white; no more than 20% white is accepted.

Temperament

Bolonki are sturdy, happy, playful little dogs with an affectionate and loving temperament that is ideal for their role in life. They are intelligent, outgoing, trusting and energetic dogs that will also be content to sit quietly on a lap for as long as it is allowed. They need gentle, firm obedience training. Make sure you are this dog's firm, confident, consistent pack leader to avoid Small Dog Syndrome, human induced behavior problems. Always remember, dogs are canines, not humans. Be sure to meet their natural instincts as animals.

Height, Weight

7 - 10 inches (17 - 25 cm)
The body is slightly longer than the height at the withers, just off-square.

Health Problems

This breed is prone to typical small-dog health conditions, including: luxating patella, hip dysplasia, liver shunt, thyroid, heart, eyes. Because of the rarity of the breed this information is not fully documented; however, ethical breeders and owners are asked to health test and submit these results to the OFA and breed health databases.

Living Conditions

Bolonki are suitable for people in towns and cities as well as in the country. They are active indoors and will do okay without a yard.

Exercise

These little dogs, need a daily walk. Play will take care of a lot of their exercise needs, however, as with all breeds, play will not fulfill their primal instinct to walk. Dogs that do not get to go on daily walks are more likely to display behavior problems. They will also enjoy a good romp in a safe, open area off lead, such as a large, fenced-in yard.

Life Expectancy

About 12-16 years

Litter Size

About 1 to 3 puppies

Grooming

Regular grooming is necessary. Comb a few times a week and bathe as needed. Shampoo, condition, towel dry until damp then comb with a wide-tooth comb or pick. Minimal blow drying so their characteristic curls form. Hair can be kept off of the eyes with bow or band. This breed tends to be good for allergy sufferers

Origin

Russia

Group

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Recognition

ARBA = American Rare Breed Association

DRA = Dog Registry of America, Inc.

NATBC = North American Tsvetnaya Bolonka Club

Sally the Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka.

Sally the Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka, photo courtesy of Bolonka Treasures

Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka puppy with a chocolate coat, photo courtesy of Bolonka Treasures

Sally the Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka as an adult.

Sally the Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka as an adult, photo courtesy of Bolonka Treasures

Sally the Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka as a puppy.

Sally the Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka as a tiny puppy, photo courtesy of Bolonka Treasures

Sally the Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka as a puppy.

Sally the Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka as a puppy, photo courtesy of Bolonka Treasures

Sally the Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka as a puppy.

Sally the Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka as a puppy getting into some mischief, photo courtesy of Bolonka Treasures

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Christian the Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka at 8 months old.

Christian the Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka at 8 months old, photo courtesy of Bolonka Treasures

Christian the Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka as a puppy.

Christian the Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka as a puppy, photo courtesy of Bolonka Treasures

Christian the Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka as a puppy at 5 weeks old.

Christian the Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka as a puppy at 5 weeks old, photo courtesy of Bolonka Treasures

  Christian the Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka as a puppy at 5 weeks old (right) with her littermate (left).

Christian the Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka as a puppy at 5 weeks old (right) with her littermate (left), photo courtesy of Bolonka Treasures

 

Elly and her Bolonki friends. This picture shows how Bolonki come in various colors

Elly and her Bolonki friends—this picture shows the various colors that Bolonki come in. Note: pure white is a fault in the written standard.

Elly, the Bolonka-Zwetna resting on her comfortable doggie bed

Elly the Bolonka-Zwetna resting on her comfortable doggie bed

Elly, the Bolonka-Zwetna, chilling out in the grass

Elly the Bolonka-Zwetna chilling out in the grass

Elly, the Bolonka-Zwetna

Elly the Bolonka-Zwetna

Elly vom Vogeltal the Bolonka-Zwetna at 1 year old.

Elly vom Vogeltal the Bolonka-Zwetna at 1 year old—"Elly likes to go shopping."

Elly, the Bolonka-Zwetna nose to nose with a cow

Elly the Bolonka-Zwetna nose-to-nose with a cow

Elly vom Vogeltal the Bolonka-Zwetna at 1 year old as a puppy

Elly vom Vogeltal the Bolonka-Zwetna as a 1-year-old puppy

Elly vom Vogeltal the Bolonka-Zwetna at 1 year old as a puppy

Elly vom Vogeltal the Bolonka-Zwetna as a 1-year-old puppy

Elly vom Vogeltal the Bolonka-Zwetna at 1 year old as a puppy

Elly vom Vogeltal the Bolonka-Zwetna as a 1-year-old puppy

Elly vom Vogeltal the Bolonka-Zwetna at 1 year old as a puppy

Elly vom Vogeltal the Bolonka-Zwetna as a 1-year-old puppy

Elly vom Vogeltal the Bolonka-Zwetna at 1 year old—"This is a truly amazing breed with a lovely temperament."

 

Photo courtesy of Greg Raney

Photo courtesy of Greg Raney

Photo courtesy of Greg Raney

Photo courtesy of Greg Raney

 

Stoli the Russian Bolonka at 5-1/2 months old

Stoli the Russian Bolonka at 5 1/2 months old

Stoli the Russian Bolonka at 5-1/2 months old

Stoli the Russian Bolonka at 5 1/2 months old

Stoli the Russian Bolonka at 2 years old

Stoli the Russian Bolonka at 2 years old