Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka
Historically, Russia was never known for toy breeds due to older Russian attitudes of utilitarianism. Merchants and farmers would never keep an animal that was not a"working dog" of some kind. The ancestors of today's Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka migrated to the Russian Empire with Napoleon's army and were known as "French Bolonka". Bolonka simply means "lapdog" and Tsvetnaya Bolonka means "coloured lap dog". After Napoleon's army retreated, a few of the breed remained in Russia and become the foundation stock the present day Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka. The standards for these breeds were confirmed by the Russian Kennel Federation (RKF) in the summer of 1997.
These little dogs are the ultimate house pet for any size home. Sweet, loving and willing to please. Currently they are part of the AKC Foundation Stock service. The RSBCA is moving as quickly as possible to move them into the Misc category then on to full recognition. This does take time and hard work while preserving the breed standard and type. The average life span is 12-16 years. Height at 8-10 inches not to exceed 11 inches. Average weight 4.5-11 pounds. They are similar to the Bichon and do not shed. Therefore, are good candidates for people with allergies. Dogs in full coat brushing at minimum of 3 times a week to keep matting under control is recommended. Show dogs must be in full coat and are known for their mustache and beard. Pets can be trimmed down for easy maintenance.
The Redbone Coonhound is a very loyal and intelligent dog. They are medium to large sized and although some individuals have a fairly low or a fairly high energy level, most are moderately energetic. In general they are quite lazy in the house and full of exuberant energy when outdoors. They enjoy being near their people and want to do anything they can to please them.
Although Redbone Coonhounds are a great family dog like all dogs they do require training and need to be socialized with other animals and people of all ages. The decision to get a puppy should not be taken lightly. Redbone Coonhounds each have individual personalities and mannerisms that make them who they are and they have a tendency to become destructive when they are bored. Crating them when they cannot be supervised is a great way to keep your yard free of digging holes and your daughter's stuffed animals from being torn into a million pieces. Some Like most other breeds the Redbone Coonhound can be quite stubborn and hard-headed when it comes to the teenage phase but with consistent patience and training things tend to get much easier once they mature at around two years old or so. As a short-coated breed the Redbone Coonhound requires little grooming.
Like some other hound breeds, Redbones have a tendency to wander and shouldn't be trusted off leash. They need a larger area than most dogs and do best with a fenced yard. They love to swim and will take full advantage of the family pool. In the house they will take full advantage of the family couch unless trained to do otherwise.
Redbone Coonhounds are loving, intelligent, loyal and great all-around family dogs. If you have an active outdoorsy lifestyle, a stable and loving home and are willing to be watched every meal you make and every bite you take for the next 10-15 years the Redbone Coonhound may be the breed for you. Size is from 21" to 26" .. weight 50lbs-85lbs average.