variances in Bolonka worldwide.
What if all we have to choose from fails to meet the standard? Or the 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.
In 1951 the principal attributes were small size and rich one-colored coat. 20-24 cm. 20 cm translates to just over 7 inches. You will read in a future post that, the standard height was increased to 26 inches and ideal weight specified as 3-4 kg.
The current height of the Bolonka used in the Bolonka Treasures breeding program range from 7 to 9 inches in height and weigh 5.5 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.
In our opinion, there is no reason to incorporate a Bolonka into a breeding program that does not adhere to the high standards Also, we do not make our selection of breeding stock based on the dogs/owner popularity, kennel name, or number of titles on the dog. If the dog has a disqualifying trait.... we simply do not use them in our program.
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. Details for another day. :-)
I hope that you enjoyed this little piece of history. We will discuss some of the breed characteristics defined in the standard in a later post. If you would like more 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.