Your Purebred Puppy, Honest Advice About Dogs and Dog Breeds

Sensible advice for raising your Bolognese puppy so he lives a long healthy life and seldom needs to visit the vet. Learn about the most common health problems and issues in Bolognese, the best dog food diet for feeding Bolognese puppies and adult dogs, the truth about vaccinations, spaying and neutering, and natural health care.


11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy, my best-selling dog health book

Bolognese dog breed

Bolognese Health Problems and Raising a Bolognese Puppy to be Healthy

By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2013

Quiz – How Long Will Your Dog Live?
How To Raise a Healthy Dog
Feeding the Best Dog Food
Feeding the 2nd Best Dog Food
Vaccinations: Needed or Not?
Are You Sure Your Vet Is Good?

The most common health problems in Bolognese:

This breed is so rare that it's difficult to assess the true incidence of health problems. But the Bolognese is in the same "family" of dog breeds as the Bichon Frise, so similar health problems can reasonably be expected.

Allergies that cause itchy skin and can lead to bacterial skin infections (pyoderma) would be the main issue to watch for in Bolognese. Ear infections are more likely when a dog has profuse hair in the ear canal that isn't kept short.

Eye diseases of concern are progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) and cataracts.

The most common orthopedic disease in these small breeds is luxating patella (loose knees).

The following health problems occur in Bichons, so should be watched for in Bolognese: epilepsy, white shaker dog syndrome, Legg-Calve-Perthes disease, heart disease (patent ductus arteriosus), urinary infections and urinary stones, pancreatitis, hypothyroidism, and diabetes.

Like many other small dogs, Bolognese are prone to harmless episodes of reverse sneezing.


Can you prevent health problems from happening to YOUR Bolognese?

Yes, often you can.

  1. Some health problems are genetic, which means inherited from parents. Genetic health issues are common in Bolognese today because of unwise breeding practices. My book, Dog Quest: Find The Dog Of Your Dreams, shows you how to find a Bolognese puppy who is genetically healthy.
  2. Other health problems are environmental – caused by the way you raise your dog. My best-selling dog health book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy shows you how to prevent environmental health problems by raising your Bolognese puppy (or adult dog) in all the right ways.

Here are my dog health tips for raising a healthy Bolognese puppy or adult dog:

Dog lifespan quiz How Long Will Your Dog Live? – Take This Quiz!
Based on your dog's breed and how you're raising him, this personalized quiz will help you understand how long your dog might live – and most importantly, how you can increase his life expectancy.


Obedience instructor and author Michele Welton Dog Health Care – The Sensible Way
Read my advice on daily health care so your Bolognese lives a long, healthy life and seldom needs to see the vet.


Real homemade dog food The Best Dog Food For Feeding Your Bolognese
The best diet for feeding your Bolognese is real food. Real chicken, turkey, beef, bison, venison, fish....This is not "people food" and I'll tell you why.


Natural dog foods for your Bolognese. The Second-Best Dog Food For Your Bolognese
If you can't feed homemade dog food, here are your next-best choices.


Information on booster shots for your Bolognese. Vaccinations and Booster Shots: Needed or Not?
How many vaccinations does your Bolognese puppy really need? Does your adult Bolognese need yearly booster shots? The vaccination guidelines have changed. Find out what many vets aren't telling you.


Information on choosing the best vet for your Bolognese. The Type of Veterinarian I Recommend
Is your veterinarian really the best choice for your dog? Learn about the differences between vets who practice conventional, holistic, and alternative veterinary medicine.


Information on spaying your Bolognese. Spaying Your Female Dog: Pros and Cons
Advantages and disadvantages of spaying your female Bolognese.


Information on neutering your male dog. Neutering Your Male Dog: Pros and Cons
Advantages and disadvantages of neutering your male dog.