Dog Breed Group: Companion Dog
Life Span: 13-15 years
Weight: Male: 3-3.5, Female: 2.5-3
Height: Male: 10-12, Female: 9-11
Origin of Name: Bolognese sauce known in Italian as ragù alla bolognese.
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Bologni was developed centuries ago in Bologna, Italy, and it is written that they were already valued in Italy as early as the eleventh and twelfth centuries. Due to its beauty, grace and charm, it became a favorite of nobility during the Renaissance. King Umberto of Italy gave a beautiful bolognese to the Belgian Princess Jose on his birthday. In addition, in 1668 Cosimo de Medici sent eight Bolognese by royal courier and asked his friend Colonel Almani in Belgium to give them as a gift to many wealthy and influential families in Brussels.
As time passed and the nobility passed along with it, Bologni became almost extinct. Some breeders in Europe, however, and especially a man in Italy, Gian Franco Gianelli, who loved the breed, restored it to its current popularity. The breed was brought to England by Liz Stannard in 1990 and was first shown that year in imported registered classes. In 2001, the breed could be featured on all shows with their own classes, and in 2002, they were on the Crufts Dog Show for the first time.