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A Brief Bolognese History

It is thought that some dogs from the Bichon group were brought from Egypt to Italy on trading ships. Some of these may have become excellent traveling companions with their love for water, ability to entertain, and devotion to their master. Dogs and puppies may have then been given as special gifts to establish trade with wealthy merchants and noblemen.

The “true Bolognese” we are familiar with comes from Bologna, Italy. The Bolognese became very popular and was transported into other capitals of Europe. It is said that, Cosimo de Medici (1389 – 1464), a de facto ruler in Florence during the Renaissance, bred Bolognese and brought eight dogs to Belgium as gifts for noblemen. The Duke d'Este gave King Philipe II of Spain (1556 to 1598) two Bolognese as gifts. The King thanked the Duke in writing saying “that these two little dogs are the most royal gifts one can make to an emperor”.

It was not until 1986 that the Bolognese breed was finally brought to the United States. Bert and Dorothy Goodale imported a pair of Bolognese from Denmark and later from Belgium, Switzerland, Germany and Italy. The Goodales were well respected and did much in their lifetime to establish the Bolognese breed including founding the Bolognese Club of America. (

Bichons were often featured in paintings by famous artists and in portraits of royalty during the Renaissance (Titian, Breugel, Goya).

Registering your Beautiful Bolognese

Bolognese are an incredible rare breed here in the United States and can be registered with ARBA the American Rare Breed Association! For more information about ARBA, AKC and other registries see our Registration page.


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