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Volpino Italiano Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Volpino Italiano so you can get to know the breed more.

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Volpino Italiano
OriginItaly
Other Names
What other names does the Volpino Italiano have? The dog breed also known as...
Cane de Quirinale, Florentine Spitz, Italian Spitz, Volpino
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred
AKC Group
Is Volpino Italiano recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Volpino Italiano recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Recognized by FCI in the Spitz and primitive types group, in the European Spitz section.
Price
How much does the Volpino Italiano puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? Volpino Italiano price:
$600-$800
If you choose to purchase the Volpino Italiano, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Volpino Italiano for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Volpino Italiano gets to a happy place.

Volpino Italiano History

The Volpino Italiano is thought to be descended from the ancient Spitz type of dogs from a couple of thousand years ago. Due to the lack of records and documentation, the breed’s exact ancestry remains unknown. However, according to researchers’ DNA studies, the breed was developed around the 15th century in Italy. Moreover, it is presumable, that the Volpino Italiano’s ancestors might include the German Spitz, the Pomeranian, and the American Eskimo.

During the early Medieval Ages, the breed was kept as a watchdog on farms and in their owners’ houses. The breed is an excellent watchdog, for the reason that it has a unique vocal capability, which enables the dogs to sound the alarm when a stranger comes near the property. The Volpino Italiano does not like the presence of stranger people or dogs, the breed always showed great displeasure, by vocalizing and barking on a high pitch voice loudly. Nevertheless, later, at the end of the 15th century, as dog ownership became more fashionable, the Volpino Italiano was well-loved by the Italian royalty and it was frequently kept by court ladies. The breed was considered to be an excellent lapdog with their elegant exterior, which included small size, fox-like face, thick double coat which came in white color and their pointed ears. It is stated that the famous painter, Michelangelo also enjoyed the company of the Volpino Italiano and had several of the breed’s specimens throughout his life. Moreover, according to some records, Queen Victoria also owned multiple Volpino Italiano dogs.

The Volpino Italiano was mostly unknown outside their native land, Italy until the late 1800s. Italian immigrants brought the breed with them to the United States of America towards the end of the 19th century and in the early 20th century during the mass migration wave. Because of the fact that the breed mainly came with peasant immigrants, its value did not get any attention. By the middle of the 20th century, in the 1960s, the breed got to the brink of extinction, when just a handful of pure-bred dogs remained in the world. Fortunately, the Italian Kennel Club took action and supported breeders to start an intensive and well-planned breeding program, with the aim of revitalizing the Volpino Italiano.

In the 1980s, the breed started to gain more popularity in their homeland, Italy. The first kennel club was the ENCI (Italian Kennel Club) who recognized the breed in 1903. Later, the FCI (Fédération Cynologique Internationale) also registered it in 1956. The UKC (United Kennel Club) accepted the Volpino Italiano into their registry in 2006. Nonetheless, due to the level of similarity between the Volpino Italiano and the Pomeranian, the AKC (American Kennel Club) did not recognize the breed as a distinct, separate one yet. Nowadays, the breed is kept as a family companion, but it still remains in rarity outside of Italy. There are only 3000 specimens registered in the whole world.

Volpino Italiano General Appearance

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Volpino Italiano size:
Small
Weight
How much does the Volpino Italiano weigh? Volpino Italiano weight:
9-14 pounds (4–6 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the Volpino Italiano? Volpino Italiano average weight:
11.5 pounds (4–6 kg)
Height
How tall is the Volpino Italiano? Volpino Italiano height:
9.5-12 inches (24–30 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? Volpino Italiano average height:
9.8.5 inches (24–30 cm)

Volpino Italiano Hair & Care

Coat
What type of coat does the Volpino Italiano have? What does this canine coat look like?
Fluffy
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Volpino Italiano's coat?
FawnRedChampagneHoneyWhiteBlack
Grooming
How to groom the Volpino Italiano and how often?
Average: The Volpino Italiano requires average grooming effort. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't essential. Brushing the dog's coat is useful to reduce shedding. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Dog nail trimming and dog bath can be helpful sometimes. Check the local pet store for dog grooming supplies and find the best dog shampoo to keep its coat healthy and to give your dog a pleasant experience of a dog bath. If you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of your Volpino Italiano, search for a dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment. Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk in dog bath places nearby.
Shedding Level
How much do Volpino Italiano dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Cane de Quirinale? Volpino Italiano shedding level:
Volpino Italianos shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.

Volpino Italiano Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Volpino Italiano have? What characteristics does the breed have?
ActivePlayfulAffectionateLivelyWatchful
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Volpino Italiano? Are they intelligent?
Average: Volpino Italiano's has average obedience intelligence. Patience is needed for teaching this breed to any tricks and commands though, but it's worth the effort. They understand and memorize new commands in 25-40 repetitions. This breed obeys for the first command 50% of the time or better.
Trainability
Are Volpino Italiano dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Volpino Italianos are quite easy to train. Sometimes they can be challenging, but if you're consistent in teaching new commands they will obey for sure.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
The Volpino Italiano is a playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Volpino Italiano sensitivity:
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds. Soft punishment affects them emotionally. Volpino Italianos don't tolerate irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits really well. They are receptive to their owner's emotions and make wonderful family companions.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they?
Volpino Italianos are highly affectionate dogs. They like being involved in the family's life. This breed isn't considered as an aloof dog.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Cane de Quirinale need? Volpino Italiano social needs:
Volpino Italianos are a social breed. They enjoy being around people or other animals. This breed doesn't tolerate being left alone.
Barking
Do Volpino Italiano dogs bark a lot? Why does my Florentine Spitz bark?
Average to high: The Volpino Italiano is a vocal breed. Not the best choice if you prefer a quiet breed. They often bark loudly and howl sometimes. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and same barks could have a different meaning. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Volpino Italiano good as a watchdog?
Volpino Italianos are good watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're consistent in their effort. Good vocal cords and sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're territorial and protective about their property, so the Volpino Italianos will alert you if they sense something different.
Territorial
Do Volpino Italiano dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their territory?
Volpino Italianos are average defenders. Some dogs are very protective of their territory, while others easily let a stranger to trespass. This breed is not sure to defend his territory in every situation.
Biting Potential
Do Volpino Italiano bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Cane de Quirinale? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Volpino Italiano? Why do dog bites happen?
Low
The Volpino Italiano has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Volpino Italiano do?
Volpino Italianos have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Volpino Italianos need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Volpino Italiano to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Volpino Italiano roam?
Volpino Italianos have average wanderlust potential. Sometimes they like to explore the world and they might escape once or twice, but usually, they prefer staying safely at home. Safer to teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Volpino Italiano have high prey drive?
Volpino Italianos have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen. Training can help to achieve good behavior.
Apartment Friendly
Is Volpino Italiano good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Volpino Italianos are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Volpino Italianos adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Volpino Italianos do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
Fighting Dog
Where Volpino Italiano dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Volpino Italiano Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they friendly with strangers?
Volpino Italianos are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Are Volpino Italiano dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Volpino Italiano and children:
Volpino Italianos are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Volpino Italiano dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats?
Volpino Italianos are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Is Volpino Italiano good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Volpino Italiano dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Volpino Italianos are average friendly towards other dogs.
Office Friendly
Are Volpino Italianos good office dogs? Do Volpino Italianos make good office friendly dogs? Can Volpino Italianos be office dogs?
No
Volpino Italiano is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Volpino Italiano dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Cane de Quirinale temperament with senior people? Are Volpino Italiano dogs good for elderly owners?
Volpino Italianos are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Volpino Italiano dogs get along with other pets? Are Volpino Italiano dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Volpino Italianos are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Volpino Italiano breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
No
Volpino Italianos are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Volpino Italiano be a service dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Volpino Italiano is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Volpino Italiano be a therapy dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Volpino Italiano is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Volpino Italiano be a sniffer dog?
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. Volpino Italiano is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Volpino Italiano be a search and rescue dog?
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. The Volpino Italiano is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Volpino Italiano be a boat dog?
Not really
Volpino Italiano breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Volpino Italiano be a drafting dog?
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Volpino Italiano is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Volpino Italiano Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy breed? Do Volpino Italiano dogs have health problems?
Volpino Italianos tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds. Regular vet check-ups are needed.
Life Expectancy
How long do Volpino Italiano dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Volpino Italiano be?
14-16 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Volpino Italiano breed hypoallergenic?
No
Volpino Italianos don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Volpino Italiano have?
Volpino Italianos have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do Volpino Italiano dogs require per day?
Volpino Italianos have an average exercise need. This breed is satisfied with short walks every weekday and a long one on weekends.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Volpino Italianos sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Volpino Italiano need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
1/4 to 1/2 cup of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Volpino Italiano risk for obesity:
Low to Average. The Volpino Italiano has a low to the average risk for obesity. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight change, consult your veterinarian to make a meal plan, and measure the Volpino Italiano's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
Medium
The Volpino Italiano has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Does the Volpino Italiano drool?
The Volpino Italiano is a perfect example for low drooling tendency. If you dislike being covered by slobber spots on your clothes, the Volpino Italiano could be a good choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool less than others, just like the Volpino Italiano. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Volpino Italiano Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does this dog pregnant? How long does it take to have puppies?
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Volpino Italiano: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the Volpino Italiano have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Volpino Italiano have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
4-6 puppies

Volpino Italiano Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Drooling tendency: The Volpino Italiano is a perfect example for low drooling tendency.
  • Weight Gain Potential: Low to Average.
  • Watchdog Ability: Volpino Italianos are good watchdogs.
  • Adaptability: Volpino Italianos adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
  • Child Friendly: Volpino Italianos are kid-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Volpino Italianos are usually recommended for elderly people.
Cons
  • Health Issues: Volpino Italianos tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
  • Hypoallergenic: Volpino Italianos don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Volpino Italianos do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
  • Office Friendly: Volpino Italiano is not the best dog breed for office environment.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Volpino Italianos are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.

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