Buyer Beware

-Information on what to look for
-How to find a good Bolognese breeder
-Documentation and registration
-Avoid scams
– Use caution and common sense
 A dog is a big investment of your time, your love and a financial commitment to buy as well as to take care of. 
The following may be helpful.
  • Know your breeder
  • Financial Common Sense
  • Shipping and documentation
  • Registration
  • What to look for
• Some ways to do this, if you live close: go visit the breeder; look at the parents of the dog, the kennel facilities, and hygiene practices.

• Request references and call them.

• Look at pedigree and registry of the pup or dog. Check registry of parents. If not sure, ask to see registration documents for both parents. The recognized registries for Bolognese are ABC, BBA, AKCFSS, UKC, ARBA, and BCA.

• Ask about health testing, specifically for eyes (CERF, Canine Eye Registry Fdt) and knees (patella).

• Ask to see copy of health testing results.

• Review the pedigree.

• Do not buy from a pet store.

• Do not buy from a puppy mill, where dogs are kept in small crates or cages and are breed

continuously. Ask how many dogs the kennel owner has, and what breeds.

• A reputable breeder is usually active in the breed club and wants the best interest of the breed.

• Obtain a receipt for deposit and for payment made.

• Beware of ads in the paper or on-line for Bolognese for $250 or $300. At the present time, you could expect to pay $1500 to $2500 for one Bolognese puppy, absent special circumstances.

• Exercise caution. Often there are waiting lists for Bolognese. Sometimes there will be a greater number of one gender of puppy and the price might vary somewhat.

• A good breeder should be available and interested in answering your questions before and after the sale of the pup. They may also refer you to some books or printed material. The breeder may require a signed contract with a right of first refusal if the dog is re-homed for any reason (placed in another home).

• Age of placement. Some breeders of toy breeds, such as the Bolognese, prefer to wait until the puppy is 10 or 11 weeks to release the pup. Ask your breeder. Puppies get shots at 6, 10 and 14 wks (puppy shots) and rabies at approx. 4+ months. Check with your vet!

• Ask what type of dog food the puppy is on – do not change too quickly. Check with your vet if you have questions.

• The breeder should register the litter and give you an individual dog or puppy registration which you must send in with the registration fee to the registry, such as the American Bolognese Club (ABC) registry.

• Do not give your credit card to someone you do not know or do not trust.

• Be sure you are buying a Bolognese and not a poodle mix from a puppy mill that is being advertised as a bolo.

• Do not wire money. Check and verify all information.

• To ship a dog by air within the continental U.S. will cost at least $300-400. Ask if shipping is in addition to the price and have a written total showing details. You may want to fly and pick up your puppy at the airport near your breeder. The airline will require certain documents from the breeder to fly the puppy or for the puppy to be shipped.

• When you buy, you should get a document showing the date the puppy had a vet check, a list of shots received and dates of same.

• You will also receive a pedigree and a bill of sale, and the registration form or forms for the puppy or dog.

• Registration is important to keep the integrity of the breed and to keep track of the location and numbers of the breed. The American Bolognese Club has a registry and also a club membership. You register your dog once and then join the club, which has minimal amount of dues each year.

• The registries active within the U.S. are the ABC (American Bolognese Club), AKCFSS, UKC, ARBA and BBA. As of 2012, the BCA club no longer had a registrar.

• Just because a dog is advertised as AKC, does not mean that this is legitimate. See above. As of 2012 the Bolognese breed was AKCFSS (foundation stock services) as a rare breed. You can view the description or the “standard,” or description of a perfect Bolognese, on the ABC website.

• A nice, healthy puppy!

• A good fit for your lifestyle and family.

• Is someone home a lot? These little dogs are very devoted to their owners and become very lonely without human companionship.

Use your common sense and ask questions. Often breeders will require an application to see if the dog is a good fit for your life and for your family. Thank you for considering this wonderful breed, the Bolognese! A Bolognese could live for 14 – 15 years or more, so this is a big investment of your time and your affection.