Monday, October 7, 2013

Rare Breed Monday: Volpino Italiano

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The Volpino Italiano is a small Italian spitz. They look a bit like a tiny American Eskimo, and the breeds are related. European spitzes have been traced back to 4000 BC, and many of these breeds have developed side by side through the centuries.

They Volpino was allegedly the dog of Michelangelo. The breed was traditionally extremely popular in Italy, but still nearly died out during the mid 20th century. A conscious effort was made to save them in the mid 1980's, and today there are around 2,000 Volpino Italianos around the world.

These dogs are friendly and energetic. They're known to be attached to their families, intelligent, lively, happy, and playful.

Even though they are so small, Volpinos have been used as guard dogs in the past. Their role was to alert the large mastiffs to an intruder. Bark and get help!

In America, the AKC has declined recognizing the Volpino due to its similarity to the American Eskimo. The UKC on the other hand recognizes them as their own breed.

Volpinos generally weigh between 9 and 12 pounds, and reach an average height of 11 inches. It's a hardy breed with a life expectancy of 14 to 16 years.

~ Maria Sadowski ~


  1. We have lots of that bark and get help technique at my house. Cute little fluff ball!

    1. Do you guys bark and Katie comes over for support? =D My little American Eskimo is a valiant watch dog, but he thinks he can take on the world on his own.