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Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka

Information and Pictures

Close up head shot - A wavy coated, long-haired, brown Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka dog is standing outside and it has a brown ribbon in the hair of its top knot.

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

AKC/FSS = American Kennel Club Foundation Stock Service® Program

DRA = Dog Registry of America, Inc.

NATBC = North American Tsvetnaya Bolonka Club

Front side view - A soft-looking, long coated, grey with white and black Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka puppy is standing in grass looking forward. It has darker hair on its face and lighter fur on its body.

Sally the Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka, photo courtesy of Bolonka Treasures

Close up front side view - A long wavy coated, chocolate brown Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka puppy is laying across a porch and it is looking forward.

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

Close up - A longhaired grey with white and black Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka is standing in dirt and it is looking forward. It has a pink ribbon in its top knot. It has darker fur on its face with a lighter body.

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

Close up head shot - A small tan with black Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka puppy is standing on a carpet and a person has their hand under its chin.

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

Close up side view - A little tan with black Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka puppy is sitting on a pink blanket and on top of a black couch. It is looking forward.

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

A tan with black Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka puppy is laying on a hardwood floor and there are paper towels chewed up all around it.

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

A happy looking, long-coated, tan with brown and white Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka is sitting in grass and it is looking forward. Its mouth is open, tongue is out and it is wearing a blue ribbon in its hair.

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

Close up front view - A brown Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka puppy is sitting on a couch and it is looking forward. Its head is tilted to the right.

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

Close up front view - A small, young brown Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka puppy is sitting on a porch and it is looking up and to the right.

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

Close up - Two small, young puppies, a brown Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka puppy and a black Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka puppy are sitting on a porch and they are looking to the left.

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

Four Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonkas are standing and sitting on a stone surface next to a grassy yard.

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.

Close up head shot - A black with brown Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka is laying down in a dog bed and it is looking forward.

Elly the Bolonka-Zwetna resting on her comfortable doggie bed

Side view - The back right of a Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka dog that is laying in grass. It is looking forward, its mouth is open and it looks like it is smiling.

Elly the Bolonka-Zwetna chilling out in the grass

A small breed black Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka dog is laying on a bed and it is looking forward. There is a pillow with a womean's straw hat that has a yellow flower on it on it to the right of the dog.

Elly the Bolonka-Zwetna

A small breed black Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka dog sitting in a shopping cart and it is looking forward.

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

The back left of a Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka that is standing in grass and a brown with white cow is nose to nose with it.

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

A black Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka is sitting in a luggage carrying case and it is looking forward.

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

A small black Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka is laying on a green pillow and it is looking to the left. Its ears are sticking out to the sides.

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

A black Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka is laying across a blanket and it is looking forward. Its ears are sticking out to the sides level with its head.

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

Side view - The front left side of a black Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka that is sitting on a sidewalk and it is looking to the right.

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

Front side view - A black Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka is laying in tall grass with wild flowers looking forward.

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

Left Profile - A longhaired, black Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka dog is being posed in a show dog stack on a table surrounded by trophies. There is a person behind it with its hand on the dog's back.

Photo courtesy of Greg Raney

A shiny, black Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka dog is laying on a white, pink and green knit blanket looking forward with its head tilted to the left.

Photo courtesy of Greg Raney

Front side view - A tan with black Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka is standing in a red milk crate looking up sniffing a sock that is being held in its face.

Photo courtesy of Greg Raney

Close up - A tan with black Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka is sitting on a crate on a couch and it is looking up licking its nose.

Photo courtesy of Greg Raney

Front view - A chocolate brown Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka puppy is laying on a green dog bed and it is looking up and to the left.

Stoli the Russian Bolonka at 5 1/2 months old

A chocolate Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka puppy is laying on a green dog bed and it is looking down and to the left.

Stoli the Russian Bolonka at 5 1/2 months old

The back of a chocolate Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka dog is sitting on a couch and it is looking forward. It has a gold ribbon in the top knot of its hair.

Stoli the Russian Bolonka at 2 years old