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  • The Bolognese has been assigned the Toy Group designation.
  • The Bolognese is also known as the Bichon Bolognese.
  • The Bolognese has been recorded in the Foundation Stock Service since 1999.
  • The Bolognese belongs to the Bichon family group, which includes the Bichon Frise, Coton de Tulear, Havanese, L√∂wchen and Maltese. All of the Bichon breeds have some similarities, but the Bolognese is a distinctive breed.
  • Bolognese can be seen in tapestry work produced by Flemish craftsmen dating as far back as the 17th century. The Duke Frederico Gonzaga was painted caressing his Bolognese by the Venetian painter Titian, born in 1477. The breed features also in paintings by Goya, Bosse, Wattenau and noticeably hasn't changed much at all over the years.
  • This breed was developed centuries ago in Bologna, Italy.
  • Bolognese were valued as very special gifts. During the renaissance they were favourites of the courts and nobility. Cosimo de Medici gave eight to Brussels as gifts to Belgian noblemen. The Duke d'Este gave two to King Philip 11 of Spain, who in return wrote a letter to him saying "that these two little dogs are the most royal gifts one can make to an Emperor." Other well known owners were Catherine the Great of Russia (1729-1796), Madame De Pompadur (1721-1764), and Empress Maria Theresa of Austria.

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