A small dog of the Bichon type, the Bolognese originates in Italy. The breed is in the toy group, and is classified as a companion dog. Very responsive to obedience training, the Bolognese is willing, intelligent and loyal. When they don't get their way, the Bolognese can be very stubborn. Thriving on their owner's attention, the Bolognese genuinely enjoys companionship of people, making it a perfect breed for both children and the elderly. Standing 10.5-12" at the shoulder and weighing 6-14lbs, the Bolognese is a small, compact dog, with a distinctive white single coat. The breed is often on lists of non-shedding dogs, which is true, though it does lose hair and grow new hair, similar to humans. With an average lifespan of 14 years, the Bolognese are not prone to any major health problems.