Love of the Breed.
Bolonka Treasures is a RTBCA Code of Ethics breeder.
Our Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonki are healthy, happy, intelligent, and beautiful . Over the years we have developed a unique Bolonka Treasures "look" that is recognized & sought by others. (see gallery)
We care about our dogs and the homes they go to. As guardians of the Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka, we routinely evaluate our program for ways to improve and honor the preservation of this amazing little dog .
I hope you find the following information helpful. If you have additional questions or concerns feel free to contact us here
Where do our puppies live?
The Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka is a breed whose only job is to provide human companionship. As a responsible breeder, we feel it is important that they are born/raised in a family home environment. Responsible breeding starts with responsible pet ownership. My dogs are my pets and live in the home with me. The only breed I have owned or bred for many years is the Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka. This eliminates any chance of accident mix breeding and I can focus all my time and energy on one breed. We are a hands on breeder with a manageable number of dogs and puppies so that I can have a successful program and still have time to enjoy and know each and every dog. We are a small program and do not have a kennel or staff. Puppies are born and raised in the heart of the home where we are available to them 24/7. Puppies are self weaned by their mothers and available to join their new homes starting at 10-12 weeks .
How are puppies raised & trained?
We incorporate the techniques of ENS and puppy culture principles. As the puppies enter each stage of development we evaluate and assess their personalities, temperament, and energy level to match them with the perfect home. By the time your puppy goes home they will have been introduced to crate training, basic obedience, potty training, and grooming tolerance. This is a good time to mention that the Bolonka can develop separation anxiety. This is manageable. Just be sure to train your puppy to be confident and "ok" when left alone. We can give you tips on how to do this. Remember...this is a dog bred to be in your company. Consider having two if you work or are gone long hours. The bolonka is to be trained with gentle guidance and positive reinforcement. There is no place for archaic or harsh training methods with this breed.
Purchasing a puppy is a financial and emotional investment. We want to ensure you receive a healthy puppy. We cannot guarantee that all puppies born will never experience a health issue, but we can take steps to reduce the chance of it occurring. Healthy dogs make healthy puppies. Our dog are health tested or in the process of being tested. We follow our breed club recommendations and have taken our dogs in to have their eyes.heart/patella certified, and had genetics tests performed by PawPrint Genetics, and Embark. As of this writing we are in the process of transferring test results and AKC registration numbers to OFA to obtain CHIC numbers. PUPPY HEALTH Your new puppy will receive a comprehensive health exam prior to leaving our home. Puppy receives vet administered vaccines and is given preventative treatment for internation/external parasites. *breeders/owners can legally give shots at home, however, unless the vet knows and trusts the breeder they usually will not accept home vaccines . Not only that....the vet provides a exam each time you come in for vaccine. It is one more opportunity to evaluate the health status of the puppy. We provide a health guarantee and offer 30 days complimentary health insurance. In 2023 we will be expanding our protocol for puppies leaving our home . These changes go over and above industry standard.
Colors & Sizes & Yap
"Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka" translates to Russian Colored Lapdog and that is exactly what we breed. Colorful. We produce curly to wavy coated dogs in ALL colors and patterns. When the breed was developed the most common colors were black, brown, and grey-wolf with minimal white. As time went on more and more colors and patterns developed. We are currently working on color saturation in the solid and sables. In our litters, you will see the occassional high white or parti marked puppies along with the solid colors. This is naturally occurring and seen in litters worldwide. We do not remove dogs in our program that produce high white markings. It is our belief that eliminating healthy dogs based strictly on color pattern is detrimental to an already limited gene pool. We do not breed FOR this trait; it is already there and we just do not remove it. High white is a disqualification in the show ring and they make fantastic pets. Lap Size. Most of our dogs mature 5-8 lbs. Some mature larger. We do have tiny lines and periodically have puppies that mature 3-4 lbs. That is not intentional. Over the years we have placed several tinies and they have done great. We do hold them longer and we consult with our vet about any additional tests needed. This is a novelty sized dog and requires special accommodations, care, and owner expectations. We follow the breed standard and breed dogs to be competitive in the show ring and as family pets. The Yap Small dogs are often associated with being ankle biters and yappy. Not the Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka. One of the most impressive traits I learned about living with this breed is the tendency not to bark. They talk. They bark to alert. They bark when they play. An adolescent puppy will play with their voice. My experience with bolonka and the feedback from visitors, and many families is that they are pretty quiet dogs! I have had other breeders and people tell me that their bolonka are barkers. Maybe I just got lucky? or Maybe that is how the people of Russia were able to hide these little dogs during the years that small non-utilitarian dogs were not "allowed".
What do you get?
A Bolonka Treasures puppy will go from our home to yours being given a good start on life . We place our puppies in lifetime committed pet homes on a spay/neuter contract. Purchase will include: Updates of your puppy until he/she goes home Health guarantee/buyer contract. Health/shot records Results of any DNA screening and/or labratory tests performed. Microchip, 30 days complimentary health insurance, Collar, 2-3 days supply of current food, Comfort kit with favorite toy(s) & scented blanket, Breeder support We provide breed education on the care, feeding, and grooming of your Bolonka. We are available to provide continued support for any questions or concerns you may have in the years ahead.
AKC Registration, Dog Shows
AKC Registration is important for recording pedigrees . Our breeding dogs are registered AKC FSS. Many are dual registered RKF. Prior to AKC, we registered with our breed club, f/k/a NATBC. DOG SHOWS Dog shows are a part of responsible dog breeding and were originally designed to evaluate breeding stock suitability. This is done by comparing the dog to the breed standard. When a group of dogs are judged they are ranked on how they compare to the standard, according to the judge that show. Dog shows are not just a beauty contest. I love dogs and I love dogs shows. I will periodically enter shows to validate my breeding program, to enjoy the comradery, and have fun. We have ICKC, ARBA, RKF, and IABCA championed dogs. (AKC next) Dog shows are also a sport and hobby. Some individuals travel the country (or hire professional handlers) to earn championships and ultimately a chance at the prestigious Westminster. Let's not forget Agility, Rally, and Obedience where dogs ability to "do" and "learn" is showcased. There really is something for everyone 's interest in the dog fancy. If you are new to the dog world, I encourage you to explore these opportunities to have fun with your dog. I am happy to direct you to some resources to get help you get started.
Bolonka Club Membership
We are proud members of the Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka Club of America. Breed club membership is an important aspect of ethical dog breeding. Without breed clubs, there would be no Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka. In Russia or in the USA. Breed clubs advocate for and protect the breed. They have standardized breeding practices, they research and mitigate health issues. Breed Clubs began breed rescue. Club members agree to act in the best interest of the breed and treat each other with respect. Beware of breeders who badmouth another breeder or club. Scammers are breaking hearts everyday. Especially in the digital world. Breed club membership is one more level of assurance & breeder accountability.