Volpino Italiano
Francia FCI 195 - European Spitz

Volpino Italiano

Despite the temperament of the Volpino, and its small size, It is a very committed and energetic dog. Cheerful and playful and very attached to their masters.



The Volpino Italiano (that means little Fox, in Italian) It is a dog of very ancient origins, as the strain that belongs to the Spitz. It was a very widespread breed of dog in the Renaissance in which appears in some of the representations of the period. Unfortunately, the race, in 1965 was in danger of extinction (The Italian Club Cinológico, only five copies that year), and for a short time, recovering numerical and qualitative.

The Volpino, It has been recognized and loved by Italian royalty for centuries, being a favorite especially of women.

Even bearing a strong resemblance with the Pomeranian, the breed is much older and thus has a different historical background. Northern dogs found their way South very early in the history of domestic dogs.

The Italian word for wolf is lupo, and the Keeshond it is called so much Lupino and Volpino in Italian. Volpe, means Fox in Italian, from there "Volpino" what, to say, little Fox in Italian. Despite its long history, the Volpino is unknown outside of Italy and is now rare, even in his homeland..

Despite its small size, This dog was originally as a watchdog. Its function was to alert the Mastiffs (Big Dogs) the presence of an intruder. However, due to his lovely temper and great intelligence, also, they became very popular as pets, dog company.

For unknown reasons the popularity of the breed fell in 1965. In 1984 an attempt was made to revive the race. Y, currently, can see the race Volpino living as guard dogs on breeding farms, or as a companion dog, but still the Volpino they are considered a rare breed, position that there are only about 2000 copies to the length and breadth of the world.
The majority of the Volpino, It is found in Italy but some people are raising them in Scandinavian countries, in the United Kingdom and the United States.UU.

Physical characteristics

The Volpino Italiano he is a small but compact dog with a harmonious physique. Can grow up to 30 cm tall and weigh 5 kg. His long, silky coat is soft and lined with a dense undercoat. It can be white, red, brown or black. There are also champagne colored animals, but they are not very popular in breeding.

Character and skills

The Volpino Italiano has a very individual character, which means that even as a puppy you need a lot of patience and enough consistency in your upbringing. Due to its high intelligence it is very teachable and therefore very good for training. Has a very lively temperament, is curious and therefore available for all kinds of fun. Therefore, it is particularly suitable for any type of dog sport and needs sufficient mental and physical activity.

In the family it is a very affectionate dog, loving and vigilant. Has a natural distrust of strangers.
It is an ideal dog for the family and its character also makes it very suitable to live with children.

With it you can spend a lot of time in nature. Despite its size, the Volpino Italiano it is a very robust dog that is not deterred by the rain, snow and cold to do your daily need for exercise.

Volpino care

The puppy's coat requires a lot of care: should not only be brushed regularly, but also bathed from time to time.

Life expectancy of the Volpino Italiano

The Volpino Italiano, which originally descends from German Spitz, he is a very robust dog, which can have a high life expectancy of up to 15 years.

Typical Volpino Italiano Diseases

Also in terms of health, the Volpino he is a very robust dog, who does not have any common inherited diseases.
In rare cases the breed is affected by an eye disease, which can happen especially in old age. May lead to lens shift of the eye, what can lead to glaucoma.

Images of the Volpino Italiano


1 – Volpino Międzynarodowa Wystawa Psów Rasowych w Katowicach 28 – 30. 03.2008 by Lilly Mreal name: Małgorzata Miłaszewska / CC BY-SA
2 – Volpino Italiano by https://pxhere.com/es/photo/833618
3 – Volpino Italiano by https://pxhere.com/es/photo/1428909
4 – Volpino Italiano by https://pxhere.com/es/photo/863623
5 – Volpino Italiano by https://pxhere.com/es/photo/1273902
6 – Volpino Italiano owned by Kennel Hedehuset – Denmark by © Mete Appel / Kennel Hedehuset

Volpino Italiano Videos

Volpino Italiano – Breed of dog

Volpino Italiano Dog Breed – Facts and Information

Type and recognitions:

  • Group 5: Spitz and primitive types.
  • Section 4: European Spitz. Without working trial.


  • FCI – Group 5 – Section 4 European Spitz.

FCI standard of the Italian Volpino breed

Volpino Italiano FCI Volpino Italiano FCI

Alternative names:

    1. Volpino, Cane del Quirinale, Cane di Firenze (English).
    2. Volino (French).
    3. Italienischer volpino (German).
    4. Volpino italiano (Portuguese).
    5. Zorrito italiano, volpino (Spanish).
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