The coat of the Bolognese demands a regular grooming: it should
be combed daily to avoid frizzing and the loss of its characteristic
It has a long coat, with tufts and its hair does not stick
to the parts underneath. Thus, they appear as raised and they
cover every side of its head, trunk and limbs (shorter on the
Its ears are long, with tufts. The standard demands they are
detached from the skull to give a sense of lightness and charm,
especially during its gait, when its ears should become lively
as to flutter.
During competitions the lack of symmetry, a
hair not thick, not long or without tufts, the colour of the
coat (not pure white coat or with markings) can bring disqualification.
The colour of the coat is pure white or better
ivory white, with neither markings nor shadings. Nevertheless
it should be said that when it is a puppy, the Bolognese can
have some chestnut-coloured shadings. they do not reveal a poor
quality of selection, but rather they can be linked with a good
and necessary pigmental store to characterize the pure white
during the growth and so, to enhance its quality.
A reliable method to identify the nature of the
markings is to thin out the coat and look at the base: if the
base is marked too, it is very likely to be a permanent marking;
otherwise, if the marking only involves the tips, then, undoubtedly,
we are dealing with the above-mentioned event.