About the Volpino Italiano
The Volpino Italiano is a direct descendant of Spitz-type of dog, with a fox-like face (volpino means "little fox") , pointed ears, and a thick, white double coat (champagne red colours can also be found).
Often mistaken for a Pomeranian or a miniature American eskimo dog, this breed is a much rarer breed and is native to Italy. As early as the 15th Century, they were used as watch dogs in Italian homes and farmyards. Their high-pitched barks would alert the larger Mastiff-type guard dogs on the property to any potential intruders. The breed was also loved by Italian royalty, valued for their playful companionship and elegant appearance.
For unknown reasons, the breed neared exctinction in 1965, but breeders put great effort into repopulating them. Today the Volpino breed still exists in small numbers (about 5000 worldwide). It was recognized by the United Kennel Club (UKC) in 2006 and this year (2021) by the American Kennel Club - AKC FSS.
Affectionate, playful, intelligent, and loyal, the Volpino Italiano breed is known for building close bonds and easily adjust to their owners' lifestyle. As a happy and loving family member, they get along well with children and other pets in the household.