How Much Does a Bolognese Dog Cost?

Written by: Staff
Last Updated:  August 8, 2018

Bolognese dogs are small in size, have a gentle temperament and are great for kids.

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How much do Bolognese puppies cost?

Bolognese puppies are not very common in the United States, and if you were to find one, there’s a good chance you would have to put your name on a waiting list in order to adopt one.  Because of this, its price is a little higher when compared to other more common breeds.  According to experts, buyers are warned to expect a long waiting list when buying the dog and to expect the price to be much higher than other dogs.  Based on the age, breeder, its quality and parent’s heritage, the average cost, from what we witnessed online, would be in the $1,000 to $2,000 range. says you should plan on being put on a large waiting list and spending upwards of $1,000.

At the time of this writing, there were only four listings on, with prices hovering in the $2,000 range.

What is going to be included in the adoption fee?

A good breeder will always include a health guarantee, up-to-date vaccinations, any medical paperwork, a DNA test and a certified vet health check-up.  Some, depending on who you adopt from, may or may not include the microchip and/or a spay/neutering.

Since this dog is susceptible to OFA, a good breeder will also include an OFA certification, certifying the parents are free of any knee disease.

Before you’re able to even adopt the puppy, a good breeder will have you fill out an application, ask you questions and ask you to put down a deposit if the puppies aren’t available yet.  This deposit will secure your spot in line and will be applied to your adoption total if you follow through with your adoption.  Breeders, generally, won’t allow you to take your puppies home until they are eight to 10 weeks old.

What are the extra costs?

If the dog needs to be shipped, then plan on spending anywhere between $200 to $400 via the air or by car.  This will come down to how far the dog has to be shipped.

Obedience classes, as with many breeds, should be considered.  Even though the dog is easy to train, puppies should still learn the basics of sit, lie down and stay.

Since the coat can tangle easily, it’s best to groom at least once per month.  If you’re unable to, it’s best to take your dog to a local groomer to avoid tangling and/or mangling.

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Its temperament, as explained by its owners, can be said to be playful, friendly and very loyal to its family, often following the family from one room to another.  They are known to be very intelligent, obedient, focused and can make for a good watchdog.

The distinctive longer coat will be long, straight and will have fluffy-like locks that can cover the entire body.  The coat will be pure white with no markings or shading.  It’s known to have a wooly-like feel.

When full grown, it can measure 10 to 12 inches tall and weigh close to five to 10 pounds, making is a squarish, small dog that is as tall as it is wide.

Even though they love walks and playing outside, they can do well in an apartment-like setting. says this dog is hypoallergenic.

This breed does suffer from separation anxiety, and if left alone for hours at a time, it may excessively bark and/or chew.

A Bolognese can suffer from hip dysplasia, a genetic hip deformity, Legg-Calve-Perthes disease, a condition which can reduce the blood supply to the head of the thigh bone, forcing it to shrink, and dental problems if its teeth are well taken care of.

Due to its smaller size, it can do better with children who are older and know how to handle smaller dogs.

How can I save money?

This dog can be hard to find locally, but it shouldn’t stop you from visiting an adoption center or rescue group.  While you probably won’t find this specific breed, you may find a dog that closely resembles the dog for a much cheaper price.  Plus, if you were to adopt, you could feel great knowing you were able to offer a dog a forever home.

If you insist on adopting this breed, avoid the local pet stores as these dogs can often be raised in unhealthy situations, which in turn, can lead to an unsocialized, unhealthy and difficult to train a puppy.

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