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Nicole Cosgrove

June 18, 2021

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This cute small hybrid or cross breed is what you get when you breed a Poodle with a Bolognese (also known as a Bichon Bolognese). She is a sweet and social little dog who has a life expectancy of 12 – 15 years and falls in the toy group. Her talent is for agility and watchdog. A great dog for the family, for people in apartments or for individuals she forms very strong bonds with the people she cares for.

Here is the Bolonoodle at a Glance
Average height 10 – 12 inches
Average weight 6 -12 pounds
Coat type Medium, fluffy, wavy or curly
Hypoallergenic? Yes
Grooming Needs Low to moderate
Shedding Low
Brushing Moderate 2 or 3 times a week to prevent matting
Touchiness Moderate
Tolerant to Solitude? Low – they prefer company
Barking Low – not yappy dogs at all
Tolerance to Heat Moderate to very good
Tolerance to Cold Moderate. They can live in most climates but might be better to avoid extreme cold.
Good Family Pet? Excellent
Good with Children? Excellent
Good with other Dogs? Very good
Good with other Pets? Very good
A roamer or Wanderer? Moderate
A Good Apartment Dweller? Yes as long as she gets regular exercise and play
Good Pet for new Owner? Excellent option for new owners
Trainability Excellent, very easy to train
Exercise Needs Moderate
Tendency to get Fat Quite high chances for obesity if care not taken with feeding and exercise
Major Health Concerns None known
Other Health Concerns Obesity, hip dysplasia, eye problems
Life Span 12 -15 years
Average new Puppy Price $800
Average Annual Medical Expense $450 – $550
Average Annual Non-Medical Expense $275 – $400

Where does the Bolonoodle come from?

The Bolonoodle hybrid was first bred in the United States when the popularity of designer breeds took off during the last ten to fifteen years. They therefore do not really have a history as such. To know more about them you need to learn about their parent breeds the Bolognese and the Poodle.They were originated in United States

The Bolognese

The Bolognese has been around for at least a couple of thousand years and his origins can be found in the Mediterranean. He is a part of the Bichon family of dogs and was popular amongst the royalty and nobility around Europe because of his looks, size and sweet temperament. Today he is still sweet natured and is also playful and curious about everything. He is entertaining, intelligent and totally dedicated to his owner. This means he is not good being left alone though and can suffer from separation anxiety. He is great with children but small ones need to be taught to take care with him because of his size.

The Poodle

The Poodle is not French originally as most think, though it was in France where the breed was developed further. In fact it is believed he started out in Germany as a waterfowl hunter. His looks attracted the rich and he was bred to smaller size to become a companion ladies carried with them. He comes in three sizes, Standard, Miniature and Toy. Today he is known for his extreme intelligence, being easy to train and for his goofy and playfulness. He is always keen to please and makes a wonderful pet for anyone.


The Bolonoodle is very intelligent, loving, devoted and affectionate and makes a great companion for everyone, not just as a family dog. They adore getting attention, curling up on your lap and are very social dogs too. She will also entertain you with her playfulness and possibly drive you crazy with her inquisitiveness especially while she is a young puppy! While she is very intelligent she is clever enough to know that playing dumb may get her out of trouble or out of doing something so don;t fall for it! She will need proper time from you lavishing attention and play time on her to keep her happy. She will really enhance your life with her sweet nature and the bond you have with her.

What does a Bolonoodle look like

This is a small dog at just 10 to 12 inches tall and 6 – 12 pounds in weight. She is very cute looking with a head that is roundish and a mostly flat muzzle. Her ears are flappy and hang down either side of her head and are silky to touch and her eyes are dark and almond shaped and often reflect her intelligence. Her teeth come together in a scissor bite and her lips and nose are most often black in color. Her body is small but sturdy with a coat that is fluffy and somewhere between wavy and curly. She is non to low shedding and has a single coat that is hypo-allergenic. She can be one solid color and multi-colored and colors include black, brown, golden, tan, white or cream. It is usually a medium length.

Training and Exercise Needs

Does she need a lot of exercise?

She does need some activity but being a small dog this not mean lots of long walks. A trip to the dog park each day, some play in the yard if you have one, indoor play, a short walk once or twice a day will be sufficient to keep her healthy, happy and burn off some energy.

Will she train easily?

The Bolonoodle is usually very easy to train because of her intelligence and her happiness to please and devotion. Most Bolonoodles in fact will need less time and less repetitions before she masters a command than many other dogs. The only issue that could come up is her tendency to mischief especially when she is young. Be firm, consistent and use positive training methods like offering praise, love and rewards in the form of treats, play time and even more adoration! A problem that may come up with her as a puppy is toilet training and you may want to use puppy pads or crate training here as is common with small dogs.

Living with a Bolonoodle

How much grooming is needed?

This a low to moderate dog in term of grooming needs. She sheds minimally if at all but still some brushing is needed to remove matts and clean her coat. Once or twice a week should be enough though normally she enjoys the attention so if you want to do more go for it. Use a rubber bristled paddle to brush and is she has hair that tends towards the poodle curliness you may need to have her clipped every few months at a groomers. She is hypo-allergenic. Bathe when she needs it.

Other grooming needs apart from her coat include cleaning her ears once a week, just wipe them with a cloth or cotton ball that is damp and this will help prevent ear infections. Check her eyes weekly too. Her nails will need clipping now and then and it is your choice whether you learn how to do this (cutting too low causes pain and bleeding) or have the groomers take care of it. Her teeth should be cleaned regularly also.

Is she good with children and other pets?

Bolonoodles are very good with children, they will play, can be gentle and are very affectionate with them. The problem is not from her but from the children. Younger ones may not realize that with the size she is care needs to be used when playing with her, or she could get hurt. She is also great with other pets and dogs but socialization helps with this.

Any other general information

She is a very good watch dog as she will bark to let you know if intruders enter the home. But she is not a yappy dog, her barking is not usually a problem and good training can help make certain of this. She will need to be fed good quality food ½ to 1 cup a day divided into two meals. She can live in apartments, houses, with or without yards and can handle most climates. She develops strong bonds which makes re-homing hard so make sure she is the one for you. She does not do well being left alone she loves company and attention.

Health Concerns

There are no known major health issues with the Bolonoodle but they are a newer designer breed so that does not mean something will not develop, however as a mixed breed they do tend to be healthier in general than pure breeds. Problems that may come up from things inherited from their parents include obesity, eye problems and hip dysplasia.

Costs involved in owning a Bolonoodle

There are costs involved with being a dog owners that need to be prepared for if you want to be responsible and able to meet their needs. Medical emergencies happen so saving something each year or having pet health insurance is important. Other yearly expenses include food, toys, treats, medical check ups that include things like flea treatments, license. These will add to something like $650 – $750. The initial cost of a Bolonoodle is around $800 though that can vary depending on popularity and where you live. Then you need bedding for her, food bowls, a collar and leash, a carrier bag, a crate. She will need certain medical tests like blood testing, spaying, deworming and having a micro chip put in. This will come to $400 – $500.


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The Bolonoodle makes a great lap dog for people who want a loving companion or a great family dog though care with smaller children is needed for her sake not theirs. She is a sweet and loving little fur ball who will give you something to smile about every day.

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Nicole Cosgrove

Nicole is the proud mom of Baby, a Burmese cat and Rosa, a New Zealand Huntaway. A Canadian expat, Nicole now lives on a lush forest property with her Kiwi husband in New Zealand. She has a strong love for all animals of all shapes and sizes (and particularly loves a good interspecies friendship) and wants to share her animal knowledge and other experts' knowledge with pet lovers across the globe.

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