Italian Volpino

Life expectancy

14 years

Age adult

9 months

Height (Shoulder height)

27 cm


5 kg

Coat texture

long-haired / coarse-haired / undercoat / short straight hair on the face / dense / tail feathered / legs feathered / crest / trouser like / straight

Coat color

white, black, champagne, honey color, red

Common illnesses

patellar dislocation / primary lens luxation / heart diseases / teeth problems

Food expenses per month in €

about € 21

Suitable for children

Rather yes

Needs a garden

Rather not

Hunting motivated / needs alternative employment

Rather not

First dog suitable

Rather yes

Allergy friendly

Rather not




Needs much attention

Care and grooming

Medium grooming effort

Eager to learn



Needs more exercise


friendly / vivacious / playful

Bred for

preferred by aristocracy, companion dog

Common illnesses

patellar dislocation / primary lens luxation / heart diseases / teeth problems

Dog type according to FCI

spitz and primitive types

FCI description

Many dogs of this group were kept as guard, hat, hunt, or sled dogs. They are considered to be very strong-willed and often less affectionate than other breeds. Many have a pronounced territorial consciousness and get along with same-sex conspecifics less well. They are often not easy to educate and only participate in things they consider useful.

So if you want a cuddly family dog that does every trick, you wont be happy here. Generally many of these dogs, like Chow Chow, Aktita and Co. are rather one-man dogs, i.e. related to one person and do not bind themselves to the whole family. Spitze in particular tend very much to loud utterances.

Short description

The Italian Volpino is a vivid, compatible and bold family-dog. As opposed to his European relatives he is less nervous and does not bark. He can be shy around strangers, and is very attached to his family.

This information is indicative and adheres to the breed standard. Each animal is an individual and has a personal character, as well as its own needs. Thus, a breed is not a guarantee of certain behaviors, etc.