italian-volpino
Volpino Italiano Resource

Volpino Italiano


Many Italians appreciate the finer things in life: wine, opera, fashion … the Volpino Italiano. A watchdog and companion, the Volpino is active, intelligent and intensely loyal, devoted to its family and home. And it has retained the classic good looks of its Spitz ancestors: alert foxy ears, an intently curled tail and a luxurious thick coat.

During the Italian Renaissance this clever little dog decorated the laps of royalty and kept company with Michelangelo, according to its breed club. But to see one today, you may have to hop a plane to Italy. These dogs are rare outside their homeland.

Related Articles

Rare Dog Breeds

This eclectic group of ancient dog breeds is anything but ordinary. To describe the dog breeds in this group as “rare” is entirely relative. Many of them are hugely popular in their native countries. The powerful Fila Brasileiro is used throughout Brazil as a police dog and a hunter of jaguar and other big game. The Canadian Eskimo Dog has a long history working with the Inuit peoples. The Sloughi and the Azawakh are ancient North African sighthounds. For our purposes, these dog breeds are considered “rare” because they have not yet…

Breed Details

Group:
Country of Origin:
Italy
Size:
Small Dog Breed
Color:
White, red or an off-white cream color called champagne.
Coat:

Long and bushy.

Grooming:

Brush weekly.

Life Expectancy:
14 to 16 years
AKC Group:
Rare
UKC Group:
Northern Breed
Height:
Males 10 to 12 inches; females, 10 to 11 inches.
Weight:
10 pounds or less.