Loyal, intelligent, easygoing, and reserved, the Bolognese is a playful but serious little dog that forms a close bond to its owners. This breed enjoys energetic playtime while outdoors, but loves to curl up in its owner's lap once it's inside. A Bolognese is also very sensitive, and often takes cues from its humans as to what mood it "should" be in. Though the typical Bolognese is generally happy, these dogs can be quite needy, and may suffer from separation anxiety if not given enough attention; a Bolognese may howl and exhibit destructive behavior if ignored. They may also show symptoms of Small Dog Syndrome, in which the dog may be overly bossy, aggressive, and anxious, if not disciplined properly (when the dog is a puppy, if possible). Experts suggest using gentle but consistent discipline techniques, and plenty of positive reinforcement, when a Bolognese is young to instill proper behavior. The Bolognese, like other Bichon breeds, can also prove difficult to housetrain.
This breed responds well to training, though, and while not overly yappy, is inquisitive and intelligent enough to make it a good watchdog.