Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka Dog Breed Facts & Information

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Adopting a dog is a big commitment and you need to find the right breed that fits your lifestyle. Notable traits like size, energy level, and personality can really affect not only your life but the happiness of your new dog. Researching different breeds is a great way to start off the adoption process!


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If you have the right kind of life for a curious, playful, and sweet dog, then you might want to consider the Russian tsvetnaya bolonka.

The Basics

The bolonka is a small dog with an adult weighing 5-11 pounds, according to The American Kennel Club. Bolonkas can be up to 10 inches tall. Life expectancy of the Bolonka is 16 years.


The History

The Russian tsvetnaya bolonka had its beginnings as far back as the early 18th century. King Louis IV of France presented the Russian tsvetnaya bolonka as gifts to Russian nobility. The Russian tsvetnaya bolonka has been recorded in the Foundation Stock Service since 2015.


Since 1966, they have been called Russian tsvetnaya bolonka. Russian tsvetnaya bolonka means "colored lapdog." Bolonka were originally bred to be the ultimate house pet for apartment living due to their size.

The bolonka is a toy dog in the company of the Yorkshire Terrier, Poodle, and Maltese!


The Personality

The Bolonka is fun, spirited, and sociable. They march to the beat of their own drum and have a quirky personality. The Bolonka is also a dog that gets along great with children, according to the Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka Club of America.


They are independent for a toy dog and require early socialization with people. They get along well with dogs and other animals. Bolonkas are clever, smart, and do well in formal training like obedience, tracking, and agility.

The Appearance

The Russian tsvetnaya bolonka is a small toy breed. Their bodies are boxy, and they have a long coat that has big waves or curls. The male Russian tsvetnaya bolonka may have a mustache and beard whereas females will not.


The Russian tsvetnaya bolonka comes in a variety of colors including black, brown, gray, red, white, and wolf-gray. They have a coat that does not shed and are hypoallergenic.

Bolonka essential facts:

  • Personality: Inquisitive, playful, and charming
  • Energy Level: Low energy
  • Barking Level: Barks when necessary
  • Shedding: Rarely
  • Grooming: Regularly
  • Good with Children: Yes
  • Trainability: Responds well
  • Height: up to 10 inches
  • Weight: 11 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 16 years

Interested in other breeds? Check out this article about terriers and this list of different husky dogs.


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