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Old 07-30-2012, 10:03 PM   #1
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Default Bolognese, Coton, and Havanese Comparison

What are differences among Bolognese, Cotons, and Havanese? I'm curious how they compare to each other.

I'm a first-timer, wanting to bring a companion dog into my home. I live alone, and believe this type of dog can not only give me love and hugs, but also boost my spirits.

I was originally attracted to the Bolognese, but they are so expensive! That's why I'm looking into Cotons and Havanese as well.

I want one that does not require more than a simple daily walk.

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What are differences among Bolognese, Cotons, and Havanese? I'm curious how they compare to each other.

I'm a first-timer, wanting to bring a companion dog into my home. I live alone, and believe this type of dog can not only give me love and hugs, but also boost my spirits.

I was originally attracted to the Bolognese, but they are so expensive! That's why I'm looking into Cotons and Havanese as well.

I want one that does not require more than a simple daily walk.

Thanks!

Unfortuantely unless you get an older calmer senior dog any dog regardless of breed will need more than a simple daily walk. Dogs need stimulation and training as well as outlets for their energy.

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Okay, so scratch that. My intention for this post is to learn the differences among those three breeds.

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Any dog, no matter how small is going to need some form of exercise and mental stimulation, but that doesn't necessarily mean you'd be committed to long walks every day. With the use of a little imagination there are many ways to keep a small dog occupied and well exercised other than daily walks on a leash.

If you start with a puppy though you will need to provide that puppy early on with plenty of socialization and exposure to the world outside the home in order to encourage the growth of a well balanced mentally stable dog. Any of the breeds on your list will require routine professional grooming every 6 to 8 weeks. Positive experiences in early trips to the groomer provide an important tool for socialzation too.

The Bolognese belongs to the Bichon family group, which includes the Bichon Frise, Coton de Tulear, Havanese, L÷wchen and Maltese. All of the Bichon breeds have some similarities, but the Bolognese is a distinctive breed.

Havanese: The Havanese is trainable and intelligent and possesses a naturally affectionate temperament, which making the breed an ideal family pet. Although a toy dog, they remain energetic and require some form of daily exercise. The breedĺs non-shedding coat makes it suitable for allergy sufferers, but regular grooming is necessary to keep the coat in top condition.

Coton: The Coton de Tulear, also known as the "Royal Dog of Madagascar", is a hardy, sturdy small white companion dog. He is endowed with a bright intelligence, is gay and energetic, and at times boisterous but never demanding. He is naturally clownish and lighthearted, as well as calm and easygoing. He possesses a remarkable gentle, sympathetic awareness to those around him and is known for expressing himself with unique vocalizations.

I too would suggest that you consider an adult rescue, puppies require a lot of dedication and hard work.
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Thanks, Applesmom. I've been studying several of the Bichon family (including the Bichon itself), but haven't yet looked into the L÷wchen or the Maltese. Maybe I'll do so.

I originally had my eye on getting an adult dog for just the reasons you suggested. But I was warned very strongly by several people (including you, I think!), that rescue dogs are a risk since you don't know anything about their backgrounds. Hmmm, caught between a rock and a hard place.

Your info was interesting, but I'd read much of it already on different sites. I guess I was looking for some direct comparisons, more than descriptive blurbs. Such as "breed A is a bit noisier," "breed B gets more cranky in old age," "breed C is a bit heavier," "breed D is happy in small living places," etc.

The only one of those with whom I've had personal experience is the Bolognese. We got along fabulously!

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Thanks, Applesmom. I've been studying several of the Bichon family (including the Bichon itself), but haven't yet looked into the L÷wchen or the Maltese. Maybe I'll do so.

I originally had my eye on getting an adult dog for just the reasons you suggested. But I was warned very strongly by several people (including you, I think!), that rescue dogs are a risk since you don't know anything about their backgrounds. Hmmm, caught between a rock and a hard place.

Your info was interesting, but I'd read much of it already on different sites. I guess I was looking for some direct comparisons, more than descriptive blurbs. Such as "breed A is a bit noisier," "breed B gets more cranky in old age," "breed C is a bit heavier," "breed D is happy in small living places," etc.

The only one of those with whom I've had personal experience is the Bolognese. We got along fabulously!
It seems that you know exactly what you are looking for in a dog. Since that's the case, the breed rescues would be your best bet. If you contact the breed rescue rather than a shelter, you'll have a much better chance of finding a dog with the temperament and attributes you're looking for.

Not necessarily because they know more about the individual background of a particular dog; but because they have much more experience with that breed They should also be better prepared to recommend the right dog for you as well as provide future support if necessary . Most of those who work in breed rescue would be more than happy to share their personal experiences with the breed with anyone who shows an interest.

Hope you find the perfect dog for yourself just as I did when I found Greta through her breed rescue.
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Well, that certainly makes sense.

I don't think there are Bolognese rescues since the breed is so very rare. But there are for the others. I look and see if there any within driving distance of me.

And they might be able to help do comparisons for me as well.

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