Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka: Breed Information & Characteristics

Country of origin: Russia
Shoulder height: 20 – 26 cm
Weight: 2 – 3.5 kg
Age: 10 – 15 years
Colour: all except pure white
Use: companion dog, companion dog

The Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka is a small companion dog that originated in Russia. The cheerful and adaptable companion can also be kept well as a city dog. He is easy to train and also suitable for people who have no experience with dogs.

Origin and history

The Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka is a dog breed from Russia that is not currently recognized by the FCI. It was created by crossing the French Bichon with various other dwarf dog breeds. The name means something like “colorful lap dog”. The breed is quite popular in Russia and the former Soviet Union, and from the mid-1980s it was also spread in the former GDR.


The Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka is a small, powerful, and somewhat elongated dog with a lush coat. It has a rounded skull, lop ears, and dark, rounded eyes. The tail is of medium length and is carried over the back. The fur is long, wavy to curly, and has a silky texture. It has plenty of undercoats. On the muzzle, the Bolonka Zwetna has a well-developed mustache and beard. The Bolonka Zwetna comes in every color except pure white. In addition to the basic color, white markings on the chest and paws are possible.


The Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka is a typical Bichon: friendly, balanced, and playful. It is robust and adaptable and feels just as comfortable in a large family as in a single household or as a companion for an elderly person. The Bolonka Zwetna is attentive and vigilant, but not a barker. Due to his size and his uncomplicated nature, he is also very well suited as a city or apartment dog.

It is adventurous and adaptable and enjoys long hikes as well as a short game round in the park. A  Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka can also be taken to the office with good training. The main thing is that he is at the side of his reference person, to whom he is loyal. The clingy Bolonka cannot stand being alone for long periods.

The Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka is very teachable and easy to train. Even novice dogs will have fun with the cheerful little companion. The coat is relatively easy to care for and hardly sheds.

Mary Allen

Written by Mary Allen

Hello, I'm Mary! I've cared for many pet species including dogs, cats, guinea pigs, fish, and bearded dragons. I also have ten pets of my own currently. I've written many topics in this space including how-tos, informational articles, care guides, breed guides, and more.

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