Hi, I have an eleven-year old Havanese and we are thinking of getting a Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka? Just wondered if anyone on the forum has one and how they compare to Havanese?
I have a friend who breeds them. they are very nice dogs, but few and far between here in the US.Hi, I have an eleven-year old Havanese and we are thinking of getting a Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka? Just wondered if anyone on the forum has one and how they compare to Havanese?
Havanese in general are neither inactive nor “stubborn”, but I would not use that term for any dog. Coming when called, when they would rather not, is a matter of the owner putting the time into training the dog. Here are a couple of photos of my “inactive, stubborn” Havanese working... the second photo is of my boy in a recall.I wanted a dog similar to a Havanese, friendly, not yappy but I wanted under ten pounds, ideally around seven pounds. I have found with small dogs you end up carrying them a lot, in a bag in the airport, we have dog friendly stores where small dogs that can be carried are welcome or sometimes at the end of a long walk. My Havanese and most of the Havanese I see at dog shows tend to be twelve pounds or bigger. I feel it's hard to find a Havanese under twelve pounds or maybe, it's just where I live. The breed standard for Bolonkas is five to ten pounds although now, that I have spoken to breeders, I have found there is a big variety in size, four to seventeen pounds. I did find a breeder I really like, very knowledgeable, very focused on health and temperament and she told me most of her dogs are seven to eight pounds which is perfect for me. Everything I have read about Bolonkas, on the internet, is very positive, they sound like amazing dogs but of course, I have never met one in person. I was hoping to get some input about their personalities on this forum. The breeders rave about them but again this is their breed.
I would love to know the difference in temperament and personality between the Havanese and Bolonka. I understand every dog is an individual but just wondering if there are some common differences. One breeder I spoke to that breed Havanese for twenty years and Bolonkas for last ten years felt Bolonkas were a little more active, obedient and willing to please than Havanese. My Havanese is very low energy, he loves lazy days but that might just be his individual personality. My Havanese is very easy to live with, he is very easy going and calm and never reacts to anything but he can be stubborn. When I take him out for a potty break and call him back inside, he usually just looks up at me and continues sniffing as if to say, "I'll come in when I feel like it." LOL
In my opinion, "all dogs are like a box of chocolates, you never know what you're going to get! (especially Havanese)" That is why I think it is best for a respected breeder assign you a puppy that will fit your family personality best. It is dangerous (just rolling the dice) to fall in love with a puppy picture.they are in the same general group of dogs and have most of the same, general attributes. Pet-type DNA testing would probably confuse them.
My statement above got me thinking about our path to RICKY. We searched for a Havanese for a year. Waiting lists were long 7 years ago too. Prior to having any knowledge of RICKY, I made contact with a very reputable breeder about 8 hour drive from us. She did have a stud dog about 9 years old that she was going to retire him and would be willing to sell. She sent me pictures of AKC Talk of the Town (TALKER). He was a drop dead gorgeous black/white parti Grand Champion Havanese. I fell in love with his picture and we agreed on a price. She agreed to meet us halfway by car (4 hours each) to make the exchange. Then she asked me about our lifestyle. I said we were an active family, always on the go and walked several miles a day. She said TALKER was a couch potato. He had spent his life on the show circuit, often in a crate, and his idea of heavy exercise was ONE trot around the show ring. I said I thought we could make it work. The day before we were to make the exchange, she called me and said she had changed her mind, she wasn't going to sell him. I was very disappointed but I think she made the right decision for US and TALKER. I didn't understand then but I do now.That is why I think it is best for a respected breeder assign you a puppy that will fit your family personality best. It is dangerous (just rolling the dice) to fall in love with a puppy picture.
I know that my friend has imported ALL of her breeding stock. So there can’t be a lot of them here in the US.I’m curious how you found the breeder you spoke to. I know there is a national club but very little information on it or about events or breeders. I don’t have firsthand experience, but it seems to me that if Havanese are cousins to other Bichons they are much closer to Bolonkas, more like siblings. It’s my understanding that they were bred based on similar characteristics and genetics but their isolation to a different part of the world led them to become unique. I would love to learn more about their presence in the U.S. and how the breed is developing here, even if I never own one.