Russian Tsvetyana Bolonka is the epitome of the perfect little lap dog. Content to cuddle for many hours, they are also very playful and curious. They are described as charming, affectionate and gentle. They don’t need a lot of exercise, but at least one walk a day, plus play, is a good idea.
They make an interesting dichotomy between friendly to all and alert watchdog. Although they are not excessive barkers, with proper training they will alert you if someone or something new enters their surroundings. Bolonki are not aggressive and their greatest wish is to be friends with all adults, children and animals they meet.
With many toy dogs comes the warning to avoid “small dog syndrome”, a set of bad behaviors caused by humans not training their dogs properly just because they are small – that is, say, allow, and therefore encourage, nipping, excessive barking or other unwanted behavior.
Bolonki are surprisingly independent for small dogs, which on the one hand can make them less prone to “small dog syndrome”, but on the other hand more difficult to train.
Early socialization and training will bring out the best in Bolonki, as with all dogs. With a firm but gentle formation, Bolonki to succeed in formal exercises, such as agility, obedience, tracking, and rallying, due to their natural intelligence and skill.