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