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Tsvetnaya Bolonka is also known as Franzuskaya Bolonka in France and as Bolonka Zwetnaya in Germany. The name loosely translates to Colored Bolognese (literally "colored lap dog" or "colored Bichon"). Their ancestors are from the Bichon Frise family. The look of the Tsvetnaya Bolonka is very similar to that of the Havanese, the national dog of Cuba. Like the Havanese, the coats of the Tsvetnaya Bolonka come in a variety of colors and textures.
The Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka is a unique Russian toy breed descended from the French Bolonka and a variety of other small breeds combined and refined in Russia. Because of Russia's traditionally utilitarian attitude toward dogs, toy breeds were once scarce in Russia. But in the 1960s, as the Soviet Union loosened restrictions on dog breeding, more toy breeds arose. An affectionate dog that bonds intensely with its human owners, the Tsvetnaya Bolonka has a big dog's protective instinct and deportment, but a little dog's lively animation. The breed gets along well with other dogs and pets, including small animals. The long, wavy, silky, double coat with big, loose curls requires frequent brushing to keep it free of mats. or it may be trimmed short. Hair may be left to cover the eyes or tied up in a topknot. About 91/2 to 10 inches tall and sturdy, the Tsvetnaya Bolonka is less fragile than many toy breeds and makes a good playmate for responsible children and a calm, attentive companion for seniors.
The history of the Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka is associated with the post World War 2 situation in Russia. Life in Russia became controlled by the state and large government living spaces were constructed for the people. These tiny apartments were home to whole families. Communal living developed to free the population from the duties of home care, and allow both men and women to be available to work for the state.
Through the connection between the Russian and French aristocracy in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, a type dog similar to the Bichon Frisé or Bolognese of today was brought to Tsarist Russia. These little white dogs were favorites of the fashionable ladies of the period in both countries. After the Russian Revolution, the Bolonka Franzuska breed was isolated from the French dogs. The little dogs began to be taken seriously as a native Russian breed in the 1950s, and grew in popularity.
In a country where everything and everyone must contribute, and where only working dogs were common, the Russian people longed for a tiny loving pet. Unable to import dogs from other countries, Russian dog lovers used ancestors of the Bishon Frise and other small dogs to develop a toy sized lapdog. Characteristics that were important included low maintenance care, good health, and people friendly. Coat care products were rare, often just lye soap. Colored coats were developed so the dogs would not show the dirt or tear stains obvious in their white Bichon ancestors.
Life in a communal setting required a small size, tiny appetite, and charming demeanor. Bred to be highly social, these little dogs form close bonds with their family, but are open and welcoming to visitors. They are playful and thoroughly enjoy a good romp, but make elegant and fluffy couch potatoes for those who are less physically inclined.
After the war, some Russian dog breeders in St. Petersburg were gathering and selecting the surviving Bolonkas and various little dogs of unknown origin for further breeding. This particular breeding process aimed at excluding the white color and developing the silkiness of the coat, and resulted in the creation of the Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka. Today, this Soviet Dog breed is known for this soft, wavy to curly coat in a wide variety of colors (black, black and tan, brown, brown and tan, gray, red, fawn, creme, beige, orange, etc.)
Export of the dogs was strictly regulated. In 1978 a breeding pair of Bolonka Franzuska was sent as a diplomatic gift from the Soviet Union into the GDR. From these and a few others, the white Franzuskaya Bolonka began to be developed as a breed in Germany in the 1980s. Eventually it was recognized by the VDF (Verband für das Deutsche Hundewesen) as a variation of the Bolognese. At the same time a colored version was also being developed, the Bolonka Zwetnaya (bunte Schoßhündchen, Tsvetnaya Bolonka, Deutscher Bolonka).
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