Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka

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Country of Origin:Russia
AKC Group:Rare
UKC Group:Rare
Use today:Companion
Color:Any color other than white.
Coat:Dense, thick, silky and soft, forming large curls or wavy
Size:Small Dog Breed
Height:9.5 to 10 inches at the shoulder
Weight:not specified

The Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka (literally "colored lap dog" or "colored Bichon") is a unique Russian toy breed descended from the French Bolonka and a variety of other small breeds combined and refined in Russia. Because of Russia's traditionally utilitarian attitude toward dogs, toy breeds were once scarce in Russia. But in the 1960s, as the Soviet Union loosened restrictions on dog breeding, more toy breeds arose. An affectionate dog that bonds intensely with its human owners, the Tsvetnaya Bolonka has a big dog's protective instinct and deportment, but a little dog's lively animation. The breed gets along well with other dogs and pets, including small animals. The long, wavy, silky, double coat with big, loose curls requires frequent brushing to keep it free of mats. Hair may be left to cover the eyes or tied up in a topknot. About 91/2 to 10 inches tall and sturdy, the Tsvetnaya Bolonka is less fragile than many toy breeds and makes a good playmate for children and a calm, attentive companion for seniors.

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