Male Height (typical): 25.5-30.5 cm. (10-12 inches)
Female Height (typical): 25.5-30.5 cm. (10-12 inches)
Male Weight (typical): 4-5 kg. (9-11 pounds)
Female Weight (typical): 4-5 kg. (9-11 pounds)
Country of Origin: Italy
Exercise Required: Daily long walks.
Expected Life Span: 16 Years
Best suited as: Working Dog, Family Pet
Other names: Italian Spitz, Cane de Quirinale, Florentine Spitz
Description – The Volpino Italiano is a smaller Spitz type breed that is normally found in a multicolored coat of fur. The dog often appears larger than it actually is due to its fluffy coat and bushy tail. This fur extends to the head and hindquarters and gives the dog a very unique appearance. The Volpino Italiano breed has the frame of a smaller dog but is well proportioned and very agile.
Origin & History – This breed dates back thousands of years and fossils place its origin at older than the Stone Age. Its more recent ancestors were treated like one of the family by royalty all over Italy. They were often found with jeweled collars, resting on fine pillows in the homes of the upper class. These brave and intelligent dogs were also prized for their guarding abilities and even though they could not defend against larger dogs on their own, they would bark to wake the bigger Mastiff breeds that were normally charged with guarding the flock or home. Traveling merchants would often tie them to their carts to alert them when thieves were trying to rob their goods. This breed forms a strong and immediate bond with a family and is loyal to a fault.
Temperament – The Volpino Italiano is known for its gentle disposition and makes the perfect pet for families with children. It seems to have an unlimited amount of energy and will play for hours once engaged. Its small size makes it the perfect choice for families with smaller homes or apartments. Even though it is small in stature, it still makes a great watchdog and will respond to any threat to the home by barking. It is also a very brave breed that will routinely engage with animals much larger than itself in defense of the home or its members. Even though the Volpino Italiano is somewhat territorial by nature, it can learn to thrive with other pets in the home over time.
Exercise & Grooming – The exercise needs of the Volpino Italiano are not as great as some larger dogs and this makes it the perfect pet for apartment dwellers. Even though it would love a daily walk to explore, playtime around the home and yard are enough to keep it healthy. In homes with active children, the dog will get all the exercise it needs through loving interaction with them while playing. The grooming schedule of this breed is slightly higher than average when shedding due to its bushy coat. A good brushing every few days is all that is required to remove loose hair. A bath is not normally needed but can be done if the dog gets especially dirty while outside.
Health Concerns – The Volpino Italiano is a very hearty dog and will live an average of 16 years with the right diet and exercise. Many dogs of this breed live longer than this and as a group they suffer from no known genetic disease. The one concern about the Volpino Italiano is their bravery, which may lead them to engage other animals much larger if threatened. If this type of confrontation occurs the Volpino Italiano could suffer injuries during the scuffle. The only other concern is the possibility of skin irritation or rash if the coat is not brushed regularly. If this occurs it can easily be treated with a skin cream after a trip to your veterinarian.
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