Score for Seniors: 85%
Activity Level: Short daily walks ok
Weight: 6-14 Pounds

bolognese dog on grass

Bolognese is related to his toy cousins Havanese, Maltese, and Bichon Frise and shares many similar traits. As evident from his name, he originated in the city of Bologna in Italy. But like its long-haired cousins, does Bolognese also make a good companion for seniors and retirees?

Is Bolognese good for seniors?

The answer is YES. Bolognese is a gentle and friendly dog that easily develops a close bond with his owner. Here’s why he’s the perfect dog for seniors.

Bolognese adapts well to apartment living

Thanks to their small and compact size, you don’t need a huge space to keep them entertained. They hardly get bored staying indoors and get their fill of exercise just following you from room to room. So, for seniors living in an apartment or a small seniors housing, a Bolognese will be one of the most suitable little companions. While he is happy to be indoors, a Bolognese will benefit from short daily walks. In fact, these walks are also a good excuse for an elderly person to go out and have some social interaction with others.

For indoor activities, hide-and-seek, chasing a ball, and trick learning provide good entertainment for this little furball.

Bolognese makes a wonderful lap buddy

These adorable pups will jump in your lap and stay there for hours. Seniors appreciate dogs that are calm and docile and Bolognese perfectly fits the bill. At 6 to 14 pounds, most of them are also easy to pick up.

Bolognese sheds less

Bolognese sheds very little even during the season making him a great choice for seniors prone to allergies. While they don’t shed like other dog breeds, regular grooming (brushing 2 – 3 times a week) is still needed to prevent mats, knots, and tangles. Without frequent brushing, your Bolognese may become a matted mess.

The only downsides to owning a Bolognese is that he might bark upon seeing strangers and needs regular grooming. But, if you don’t mind brushing him 2 – 3 times a week and socializing him with people, a Bolognese will be a great choice for you as a senior. However, if you are considering a Bolognese, expect quite a long waiting time and a heavy price tag ($1000 – $2500) as they are very hard to find.

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