Volpino Italiano

The Volpino Italiano is an ancient and very old spitz type dog that originated in Italy several centuries ago. Descended from ancient European Spitz dogs, the Volpino Italiano has been a favorite dog of both Italian royalty and common people due to its eye pleasing looks, lively and very affectionate temperament and guarding abilities. Yes! These little dogs were originally used as guard dogs. Their job was to alert the large mastiffs to an intruder. Over the time, with their even and loving nature, they became more popular as family pets but this breed retained its protecting and guarding skills till today. Despite its long history, the Volpino Italiano, which translates to 'Italian Little Fox', is rather unknown outside its native country and is becoming rare even in its country of origin.

It is a small, squarely built dog with a slightly rounded wedge-shaped head and straight muzzle. The dog has small, pointed, fox-like ears and deep set, dark and very expressive eyes, holding alert and friendly expression. The body is covered in a rough but fluffy coat that comes in white, black, tan and red colours.

This breed is NOT recognized by AKC or any other major kennel club.

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