Volpino Italiano

Type: Companion Dog

Height: 10-12 inches.

Weight: 9-11 lbs.

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Country of Origin: Italy, Switzerland

Activity:

Watch-dog: High

Guard-dog: Medium


Description: Spitz-type dog were found in the ancient world. Volpino Italiano name meaning "little fox". The Volpino Italiano is known by the Italian royalty for centuries being a special favorite with the ladies. Although this breed strongly resembles the Pomeranian, the Volpino Italiano is much older and has a different background. The Volpino Italianos were kept as guard dogs despite the small size of the breed alerting Mastiffs of an Intruder. Although rare the Volpino Italiano make wonder pets, guard dogs and even may be used as a gun dog if trained properly. Volpino Italianos are friendly affectionate and active.

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Other Names: Cane de Quirinale, Italian Spitz

Colors: White, Fawn, Black

Coat: Hair bushy, very long and exceptionally standing-off. Of harsh texture with straight stiff hairs; must never be falling; must be upstanding even when there is not a lot of coat. The body gives the impression of being wrapped up in a muffle, particularly on the neck where the coat forms an abundant collar. The skull is covered with semi-long hairs which hide the base of the ears. Hairs are short on the muzzle. On the ears, the hair is very fine and smooth. The tail is covered with very long hair. On the edges of the hindquarters, the coat forms fringes.

Temperament: Very attached to family environment. Lively, Happy and playful.

With Children: Yes

With Pets: Yes

Learning Rate: High

History: The Volpino were found throughout the ancient world. Specimens from this group have been found preserved in European peat bogs which anthropologists trace to 4000 BC. The remains with curly tails, foxy heads, and small erect ears have been found dating back over 5,000 years. These little pets wore decorative ivory bracelets and collars.

Class: Utility

Registries: FCI (Group 5), Italian National Kennel Club