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About Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka

Thank you for your interest in R'Gang's amazing Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka puppies. We welcome your inquiries. Our dogs are registered with the North American Tsvetnaya Bolonka Club. PURE RUSSIAN PEDIGREES!

Tsvetnaya Bolonka is also known as Franzuskaya Bolonka in France and as Bolonka Zwetnaya  in Germany.  The name loosely translates to Colored Bolognese. Their ancestors are from the Bichon Frise family.  The look of the Tsvetnaya Bolonka is very similar to that of the Havanese, the national dog of Cuba.  Like the Havanese, the coats of the Tsvetnaya Bolonka come in a variety of colors and textures. Read more about the Bolanka below the photographs.

Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka

Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka

Top left: ARBA CH R'Gang's Brady (black)
Top right: ARBA CH R'Gang's Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (wolf color)
ARBA CH Ahavapicaro's Mariska At R'Gang (red)
ARBA CH Luduski Tsa Tsa, first Bolonka ARBA Champion in the USA (black)

History of Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka

The history of the Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka is associated with the post WWII situation in Russia. Life in Russia became controlled by the state.  Large government apartment buildings were constructed  to house the population.  Tiny apartments were home to whole families.  Communal living developed to free the population from the duties of home care, and allow both men and women to be available to work for the state. 

In a country where everything and everyone must contribute, and where only working dogs were common, the Russian people longed for a tiny loving pet. Unable to import dogs from other countries, Russian dog lovers used ancestors of the Bishon Frise and other small dogs to develop a toy sized lapdog.  Characteristics that were important included low maintenance care,  good health, and people friendly.  Coat care products were rare, often just lye soap.  Colored coats were developed so the dogs would not show dirt or tear stains found in their white Bischon ancestors. 

After the war, some Russian dog breeders in St-Petersburg were gathering and selecting the surviving Bolonkas and various little dogs of unknown origin for further breeding.The breeding process, which was aimed at excluding the white color and developing the silkiness of the coat, resulted in the creation of the Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka. Today, this Soviet Dog breed is known for this soft, wavy to curly coat of amazing variety of colors (black, black and tan, brown, brown and tan, gray, red, fawn, creme, beige, orange, etc.)

Life in a communal setting required a small size, tiny appetite, and charming demeanor.   Bred to be highly social, these little dogs form close bonds with their family, but are open and welcoming to visitors, and never meet a stranger.  They are playful and thoroughly enjoy a good romp, but make elegant and fluffy couch potatoes for those who are less physically inclined.

Through the connection between the Russian and French aristocracy in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, a type dog similar to the Bichon Frisé or Bolognese of today was brought to tsarist Russia. These little white dogs were favorites of the fashionable ladies of the period in both countries. After the Russian Revolution, the breed was isolated from the French dogs. The little dogs began to be taken seriously as a native Russian breed in the 1950s, and grew in popularity.

Export of the dogs was strictly regulated. In 1978 a breeding pair of Bolonka franzuska was sent as a diplomatic gift from the Soviet Union into the GDR. From these and a few others, the white Franzuskaya Bolonka began to be developed as a breed in Germany in the 1980s. Eventually it was recognized by the VDF (Verband für das Deutsche Hundewesen) as a variation of the Bolognese. At the same time a coloured version was also being developed, the Bolonka Zwetnaya (bunte Schoßhündchen, Tsvetnaya Bolonka, Deutscher Bolonka). These are not yet recognised although they have active breed clubs in several countries.

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