Welcome! Please enjoy your visit; I am certain that after you have acquainted yourself with my lovely dogs you too will agree that our
"Royal Lapdog of Color"
are truly one of the finer things in life. Treasures.




Our Program and the Breed Standard

Today I would like to discuss the Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka breed standard, breed history, and how we have applied it to our program.  

We strive to breed Bolonka true to the RUSSIAN breed standard and the only way to do this is to follow that standard.

With every Bolonka litter born at Bolonka Treasures we ask ourselves "which puppy most closely represents the standard and will be most suitable for betterment of the breed. " It is those dogs that we elect to use in our breeding program or make available to our co-breeders.  We also apply this selection process when bringing in Bolonka from another kennel.  
 
Does this mean that all puppies born meet the standard?  Of course, not  As you will learn, a variety of base breeds were involved in developing the Russkaya Tsvetnaya Bolonka.  Understanding this alone explains  the variances that surface in the Bolonka breed worldwide. 

What if all we have to choose from fails to meet the standard?  Or a puppy matures out of standard?  Do we just "go with what we have?" and hope the next generation pans out.  No.  No, we do not.   Why? Because there are enough Bolonka in the world that DO and we incorporate those into our program.   These beautiful lives are not incorporated into our program and go on to live as pampered pets.

The following paragraph is taken directly from the Russian Kennel Club Breed Standard:

"BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY: In originating of RUSSKAYA TSVETNAYA BOLONKA were involved the following breeds –French Bichon, Shih-tzu, Lhasa-apso. Creation of the breed started in 1951 in Leningrad. The principal breed’s attributes were small size (20-24 sm), rich one-colored coat. In 1962 there was written for the breed group “tsvetnaya bolonka” . In 1966 the standard for the “tsvetnaya bolonka”  was confirmed by Ministry of Agriculture. Active breeding work and cooperation with cynologists of Leningrad approved MGOLS the basic center of genetic work with the breed “tsvetnaya bolonka”. In 80’s as popularity of the breed grew, there were organized clubs and kennels. National Breed Club “Tsvetnaya Bolonka” was founded in 1999. "
 In 1951 the principal attributes were small size and rich one-colored coat.  20-24 cm.  20 cm translates to just over 7 inches.    (Standard height was later written as 26 cm and ideal weight specified as 3-4 kg).

The current height of Bolonki used in the Bolonka Treasures breeding program range from 7 to 9 inches in height and weigh 5 to 8 lbs.   This is the low-mid range of the height/weight scale as we do not want to push the maximum size limit.  In our opinion, a large Bolonka resembles too many other breeds and the original Bolonka principal attribute is small size which is reflected in the breed name.  Russkaya Tsvetnaya Bolonka, translated is "Russian Colored Lapdog".  This breed was developed to easily fit on a lap.

Breeding is a complicated endeavor involving more than simply putting two dogs together and making puppies.  You not only have to select good mates; you have to monitor offspring produced. 
We hope that by educating, not only ourselves, but the public, that you will understand a little more about the Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka including our program and mission to raise the bar in the development of this breed in the United States.  
I hope that you enjoyed this little piece of history. In a later post we will discuss some of the breed characteristics defined in the standard.  If you would like to read more about the breed history, visit our website, if you scroll the bottom of the History tab you will see a link to a document that contains a detailed timeline put together by the Russian breeder Vitaly.
 
 

Show Brag

We are pleased to announce that our very own "Treasures Ragnar at Valar" owned, shown, and loved by Patti Chiaverini in New York is currently the #1 Bolonka in the USA and ranks TOP Dog of all breeds showing ICKC to date. 

This is adult dog ranking; not puppy nor junior.  Ragnar is competing against many other breeds; adult dogs and champions and most importantly he is being shown by a  non-professional owner handler that is new to the breed and is not a breeder.  Which is quite a feat in this competitive field. 

We are very proud of Patti and team Valar for their hard work and dedication.  Ragnar is her buddy and it shows in both their daily lives and his enthusiasm in the ring. 

Ragnar brings our Treasures Champion list to 8.
          Roy, Rea, Ulan, Tihon, Demyan, Jassi, Blekki, and now "Ragnar"

Ragnar's parents are both OFFA health certified. 

Please enjoy our Photos as we celebrate this delightful boy:












 

Squeak on a car ride

We want to share pictures of a little one we call "Squeak".  These photos are taken during one our outings..he is sitting in the passenger seat looking...well...just CUTE.  Doesn't he have the sweetest little face!  



Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka, USA Bolonka, Bolonka puppies