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BOLONKA RUSSIAN TSVETNAYA
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North American Tsvetnaya Bolonka Club Tsvetnaya Bolonka Breed Standard (Russian Colored Lap-Dog) January 2011
General Appearance: Developed to be the ultimate house pet and companion, the Tsvetnaya Bolonka is a small, sturdy, balanced dog, slightly longer than tall. The breed appears disheveled due to the wavy or curly coat. He moves gracefully with the tail carried over the back or to either side. He is friendly to all and shows no sign of aggression. He is sweet, loving, The body is slightly longer than the height at the withers, just off-square. The ideal height is from 7” to 10 ½ ”. Height at withers over 11 inches is a disqualification. He is moderately boned and should never appear fine boned. Head: The expression is sweet, alert, and intelligent. Eyes are dark brown or hazel. Lighter eye color, including green, is allowed in brown dogs. The eyes are of medium size, rounded and set a little obliquely. Eyelids are lean, and tight. Eye rims are black or match the coat color. Ears are small, set high and are carried drooping or folded. The ears lay close to the skull . When alert, the ears lift at the base, but always remain folded. The head is in proportion to the dog, of medium size. The skull is moderately broad and slightly rounded. The stop is pronounced. The muzzle is lean and straight, a little shorter than the skull, slightly tapering to the nose . The nose is solid black or matches the coat color. Dogs of coat colors other than black may have self-colored pigmentation. All shades of solid brown pigmentation are allowed in brown dogs. The nose should never be spotted or flesh colored. The lips are tight. A scissors bite is desirable; a level bite is acceptable; slightly undershot is tolerated. An overshot bite is a disqualification. An undershot bite where contact with the upper incisors is lost by two or more of the lower incisors is a disqualification. intelligent, and willing to please. Size, Proportion and Substance: Neck, Topline and Body: The neck is well set-on , flowing smoothly into the shoulders; of sufficient length to permit natural high head carriage and in balance with the height and length of the dog. The topline is level with a strong, broad, well-muscled back. The body is compact with a deep chest that is moderately broad and oval shaped with the brisket extending to the elbow. Ribs are well sprung. The depth of chest tapers to a moderate tuck-up at the flanks. The loin is short and level. The croup is broad and flat. The tail is of medium length, high-set and carried gaily with a curve . It may be carried over the back or to either side. A short or missing tail is a disqualification. The tail may not be docked. Forequarters: Shoulders are well angulated, well laid back, fitting smoothly into the body. The forelegs are straight and parallel, with elbows tight to the body . The length from the withers to the elbows is equal to the length from the elbows to the ground. Pasterns are strong and nearly upright. The feet are small and slightly oval shaped with arched, tight toes.
Hindquarters: Angulation of the rear legs is sufficient to produce a level back. Viewed from the rear, the hind legs are straight and parallel, and the hocks are medium in length. They are set a little wider than the front legs. The feet are small and slightly oval shaped with arched, tight toes. Coat: The coat is dense, thick, soft and supple. Undercoat is well-developed. The coat forms large curls (preferred) or may be very wavy. The head has a well-developed beard and moustaches. Lack of beard and moustaches is a disqualification. The coat is never deliberately parted. Hair on top of the head may fall naturally or be held up with a small bow on the top of the head. Feet may be neatened . No other trimming of the coat is allowed. Color: All colors are permitted except white. White markings on the toes and forechest are permitted. A solid white coat or white markings covering more than 20% of the body is a disqualification . Gait: The Tsvetnaya Bolonka moves in a straight line and must be shown at its own natural speed, neither raced nor strung up. The movement should be smooth and flowing with good reach in front and strong rear drive. The tail is carried high and curved over the back or to either side while moving. Temperament: The Tsvetnaya Bolonka is even-tempered, intelligent, friendly to all, and should never be shy or show aggression of any kind. Faults: The foregoing description is that of the ideal Tsvetnaya Bolonka. Any deviation from the above described dog must be penalized to the extent of the deviation. Disqualifications: · Height at withers over 11 inches. · An overshot bite. · An undershot bite where contact with the upper incisors is lost by two or more of the lower incisors. · A short or missing tail. · Lack of beard and moustaches. · A solid white coat or white markings covering more than 20% of the body.
THE RUSSIAN TSVETNAYA BOLONKA COAT
BY DENISE DANG, RTBCA SECRETARY
T he coat of the Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka is one of the main characteristics of the breed that distin- guishes it from other Toy breeds. The coat has a nat- ural curl, and the head has a beard and moustache which create the breed’s charming appearance. To achieve and maintain the curl in the coat, it is recommended by breeders that the Bolonkas are allowed to dry naturally, allowing the natural oils to remain. From the Standard: “The coat is long, dense, thick, soft, and supple, with a well-developed undercoat. The coat forms large curls (preferred) or may be very wavy. The head has a well- developed beard and moustache. The coat is never deliberately parted.” The coat should not be straight.
BIO Denise Dang has been showing dogs since she was about 12 years old. She started with her parents’ Schnauzer. In 1992, after getting married and settling down a bit, Denise decided she wanted to get into showing dogs. She started with a German Shepherd Dog, but soon learned that this breed was a bit more competitive than she needed. In 1999, Denise’s daughter found a Redbone Coonhound pup, and as they say, the rest was history. She has bred several champions and was given the honor of an invitation to the 2016 and 2018 Westminster KC Dog Show. But, Denise noted that as we The coat comes in any color “except solid white, spotted, par- ti-color or merle.” A small amount of white on toes and forechest is permitted. Puppies will begin to change coat gradually over time, starting at about six months. Some puppies do not have an abundant curl prior to this change, but it forms as they get older. By the age of 12 months, most Bolonka have a completely changed coat and have their full curls. There are various levels of curl; large and small ringlets or just big waves. The coat should never be straight or lack undercoat. If a judge cannot tell if an exhibit has the correct coat due to being blown dry or straightened, it is lacking a key characteristic of the breed and must be faulted for that.
age, the larger dogs are a bit more than we can handle. So, in 2017, she decided to start looking for a smaller breed. After more than a year of research, Denise narrowed it down to a couple of breeds; however, to her surprise, she was introduced to the Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka at a dog show. She was immediately smitten. Asking a lot of questions and doing months of research, Denise found the perfect girl for herself. She traveled to Belarus and imported her first Bolonka. Denise is devoted to the preservation of this breed. In 2018, after having imported her girl, Denise joined the RTBCA and was elected Secretary in 2021.
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