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Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka (White & Gray, Muzzle)
White & Gray, Muzzle

Breed Information


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Name Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka
Other names Bolonka Zwetna, Franzuskaya Bolonka, Russian Lapdogs, Colored Lap Dog
Origin Russia
Breed Group Toy
Size Smallest
Type Purebred
Life span 12-16 years









Male: 9-11 inches (22-37 cm)

Female: 7-9 inches (18-24 cm)


Male: 8-11 pounds (3.5-5 kg)

Female: 5-9 pounds (2-4 kg)








Litter Size 1-3 puppies
Puppy Prices

Average $1500 - $2500 USD

Because these are purebred dogs, the price of a Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka puppy will depend in large part on its bloodline. You should expect to pay somewhere between $1,500-2,500 for one of these puppies. For a puppy of strong pedigree from a reputable breeder, you might pay as much as $3,000 or more.

Breed Characteristics


5 stars

Apartment Friendly

5 stars

The Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka is an ideal pet for apartment living, as they can be active inside and will do well without a yard. These dogs are happy to adjust to life in the country as well.

Barking Tendencies

3 stars


Cat Friendly

3 stars

Child Friendly

4 stars

Good with Kids: This is a suitable dog breed for kids. It is also very friendly toward other pets and friendly toward strangers.

Dog Friendly

3 stars

Exercise Needs

3 stars

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.


5 stars

High Maintenance: Grooming should be performed often to keep the dog's coat in good shape.

Health Issues

3 stars

Hypoallergenic: Yes


2 stars

Ranking: N/A Full Ranking List


4 stars

Shedding Level

1 stars

Minimal Shedding: This dog will shed a negligible amount. Recommended for owners who do not want to deal with dog hair in their cars and homes.

Stranger Friendly

4 stars


3 stars

As stated previously, the Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka will require a firm but kind hand when training. To avoid “Small Dog Syndrome”, be sure to be the confident and consistent pack leader. As with any small breed, you must remember that they are not humans and their animal instincts must be met.

Watchdog Ability

3 stars

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Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka Puppy (Face, Muzzle)
Face, Muzzle

Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka Names

Rank Boy Names Girl Names
01 Charlie Bella
02 Rocky Sasha
03 Cooper Lucy
04 Oscar Luna
05 Duke Molly
06 Oliver Coco
07 Riley Bailey
08 Zeus Ginger
09 Bailey Maya
10 Louie Abbie
100 Cute Puppy Names ›


Bolonki are 18 – 27 cm high at the withers and 2-4 or 5 kg in weight. The Bolonka bodily formation resembles a square, with a long coat that has big wavy curls. The Bolonka is moderately boned and should never appear fine-boned. The Franzuskaya Bolonka is white, while the Tsvetnaya and Zwetna are black, brown, gray, red or wolf-gray. The breed is known for its soft, wavy to curly coat in a variety of colors. They have ears that are neither too long nor too short. Male Bolonkas have a distinct beard and moustache that sets them apart from their female counterparts. Bolonka tails are supposed to have the tip touching the back. Similar to other Bichon breeds, Bolonki do not shed. Daily brushing of the coat helps to prevent matting. If a Bolonka's coat gets severely matted, they may develop a hematoma. Bolonka dogs are considered suitable for people with allergies, as they are bred to be hypoallergenic. Breeds that don't shed are more likely to be hypoallergenic, since the dog's dander and saliva stick to the hair and are not released into the environment. The frequent trimming, brushing, and bathing required to keep the Bolonka looking its best removes hair and dander and controls saliva. It is important to note that how hypoallergenic a particular dog is for a particular person may vary with the individual dog and the individual person.

The Tsvetnaya Bolonka is even-tempered, intelligent, friendly to all, and should never be shy or show aggression of any kind. The Russian Tszvetnaya Bolonka was specifically developed as a companion dog and is prized for its sociable, easy-going and affectionate temperament. Its specimens will avoid exuberant games and won’t appreciate any extent of physical abuse during playing. The Bolonka Zwetna usually perceives all unfamiliar people as potential play mates and without timely socialization it can grow into an inappropriate greeter. However this breed was bred with strong tendency to defend its territory and its favorite humans, so it can become a fairly good watchdog. The Bolonka won’t be able to apply to necessary aggression when the situation calls for it and shouldn’t be tasked with the responsibilities of a guardian.


The Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka was originally discovered after the fall of the Iron Curtain in Russia, but can be traced back to as early as the 18th century. A small Maltese-like breed was presented as gifts to Russia by the French court of Louis IV. Eventually, a breed similar to the Bichon Frise emerged.


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