Russian Tsvetyana Bolonka are the epitome of the perfect, little lapdog. Content to cuddle for many hours, they are also very playful and inquisitive. They’re described as charming, affectionate, and sweet. They don’t need tons of exercise, but at least one walk per day, plus play, is a good idea.
They are an interesting dichotomy of friendly to all and alert watchdog. Though they are not excessive barkers, with proper training, they will alert you if someone or something new enters their environment. Bolonki are not aggressive, and their biggest wish is to be friends with every adult, child, and animal 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’re small — i.e., allowing, and thus encouraging, nipping, excessive barking, or other undesirable behaviors.
Bolonki are surprisingly independent for toy dogs, which, on 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 firm, but gentle training, Bolonki do well in formal exercises, like agility, obedience, tracking, and rally, due to their natural intelligence and cleverness.