How Much Does a Bolognese Dog Cost?

Last Updated on May 19, 2024
Written by CPA Alec Pow | Content Reviewed by Certified CFA CFA Alexander Popinker

A real pet dog, the Bolognese Bichon breed loves to be with his family. However, these dogs sometimes want to go out like their owners and can be able to get what they want. So, you can find yourself manipulated by a furry ball of 4 and a half kg. It is ideal for those who want a small pet dog.

It is a robust, small dog with a square body, covered with long, white, and fluffy fur. He has a big, black nose, black round eyes and long hanging ears. His tail twists on his back.

How Much Does a Bolognese Dog Cost?

The cost of a Bolognese dog can start from $1,000 and can go up to $4,000 and more. The average price of a Bolognese Bichon stands between $1,200 and $2,500, Expect to pay around $4,000 or more for a Bolognese champion puppy.

The cost of such a dog is a little higher than in other dogs and is affected by factors such as the animal’s age, the breeder’s reputation, his overall health, the parent’s heritage, but also the location, availability, and demand. The Bolognese dogs aren’t too common in the USA, so you will probably have to put one on a waiting list.

According to YourPurebredPuppy.com, it’s advisable to anticipate joining an extensive waiting list and expect to pay over $1,000.

On puppyfinder.com, the price for a Bolognese puppy stands at around $2,500.

What is going to be included in the cost?

A reputable breeder will always provide a health guarantee, up-to-date vaccinations, essential medical records, a DNA test, and a certified veterinary health check-up.

There are some breeders that may include the microchip and spaying/neutering procedures, but not all of them. A responsible breeder will also furnish an OFA certification, assuring that the parents are free from any knee diseases.

Usually, breeders won’t give you the puppies until they reach eight to 10 weeks of age.

How much does it cost to adopt a Bolognese breed dog?

You can always opt to adopt a Bolognese Dog as it is a more cost-effective choice compared to purchasing from a breeder. The adoption fee for a Bolognese typically hovers around $350, aimed at offsetting the pre-adoption care costs.

The simplest way to adopt a Bolognese is via a specialized Bolognese rescue. Begin your search on Adopt a Pet, where you can find Bolognese dogs available in your geographical area.

Extra costs related to owning a Bolognese puppy

In case you need to transport the dog, expect to pay around $300 to $500 for shipping, either by air or car. The specific amount depends on the distance.

Here you have some additional costs to consider when bringing home a Bolognese dog:

Item Price Range
Food and Water Bowl $17 – $20
Harness and Leash $35
Training Tools $50
Grooming Tools $40 – $100
Bed and Crate $125 – $200
Toys and playing mat $50
Weekly Training Expenses $750 – $1250
Group Training $20 per class
YouTube Videos $0
Dog Food per month $30 – $50
Vaccinations for a Puppy $15 – $100
Routine Checkup $50 – $250
Spaying or Neutering $160 – $200
Physical Exam $45 – $55
Dental Cleaning $70 – $400
Hospitalization $600 – $3500
Emergency Surgery Up to $5000

Please note that the prices provided are approximate ranges and can vary based on location, specific services, and providers.

Important things to consider

Funny and curious, this intelligent and devoted dog feels best when he is with his owners, whether he goes for a walk, around the city or plays with children. He is part of the Bichon family, white and fluffy dogs, which is why he is also called Bichon Bolognese, a name under which it is also recognized by the International Canine Federation. It has its origins in the Italian city of Bologna, where its name comes from. It is relatively easy to train, but you have to be patient and consistent.

Bolognese Dog in GrassYou might also like our articles on the costs of other dogs like the Bichon Frise, Puli Dog, or the Maltese.

This dog is proper for living in the apartment. He does not need a lot of movement, so don’t think that you have to spend hours with him outside. If you want to walk, he will be happy to join you. If you want to sit on the couch all day, he is happy to be lazy with you all day.

If you have an extended schedule, the dog is not right for you, because your animal will be sad when left alone for too long. Then he will start barking or crying, and when he stays too long without his family and basic socialization, he can suffer from separation anxiety.

It is a breed recommended for houses with older children. Very young children are too playful for the Bolognese Bichon that can get upset and nibble on them. It is best suited in a house with older children who know how to interact with animals.

The Bolognese dog breed is an affectionate pet and requires significant care, just like any dog with long fur. If you want to cut their fur short, they won’t need brushing too often.

While they are believed not to shed very badly, you may still find white hairs around the house. However, for people suffering from mild allergies or lovers of clean homes, Bolognese dogs can fit very well as they are considered hypoallergenic as well.

How can I save money?

Never buy Bolognese puppies from a second-hand breeder, from puppy mills that grow them intensively, for the purpose of selling, or from pet stores. Look for a reputable breeder who tests their dogs to make sure that their breeds do not have genetic diseases that could be transmitted to puppies and that they have a  healthy temperament.

If you buy a puppy, look for a breeder that can show you both parents’ health certificates. Health certificates prove that the puppy has been consulted and has no problems.

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