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Volpino Italiano

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Breed Information
Popularity #
Name Volpino Italiano
Other names Cane de Quirinale, Florentine Spitz, Italian Spitz, Volpino
Origin Italy
Breed Group Northern Breed (UKC)
Size Small
Type Purebred
Life span 14-16 years
Temperament ActiveAffectionateGayLivelyPlayfulWatchful
Height 9.5-12 inches (24–30 cm)
Weight 9-14 pounds (4–6 kg)
Colors BlackChampagneFawnHoneyRedWhite
Litter Size 4-6 puppies
Puppy Price Average $600 - $800 USD
Breed Characteristics
Adaptability 4 stars
Apartment Friendly 4 starsIs suitable for apartment living. They easily adapt to their environment.
Barking Tendencies 4 starsFrequent
Cat Friendly 3 stars
Child Friendly 4 starsGood with Kids: This is a suitable breed for kids and is known to be playful, energetic, and affectionate around them. It is also friendly toward other pets.
Dog Friendly 3 stars
Exercise Needs 3 starsThe Volpino Italiano is an active dog. They love to play and daily playtime will be sufficient for their exercise requirements.
Grooming 3 starsModerate Maintenance: Regular grooming is required to keep its fur in good shape.
Health Issues 2 starsThe basic well being and health of the Volpino Italiano breed are far better than with most dogs. However they are not immune to genetic and other diseases.Hypoallergenic: No
Intelligence 3 starsRanking: (#). (See All Rankings)
Playfulness 3 stars
Shedding Level 3 starsModerate Shedding: Routine brushing will help. Be prepared to vacuum often!
Stranger Friendly 3 stars
Trainability 3 starsModerately Easy Training: The Volpino Italiano requires early socialization. This breed is a quick learner and is able to adapt quickly to the spoken command as well as body language.
Watchdog Ability 4 stars
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Puppy Names
Rank Male Female
01 Buddy Molly
02 Charlie Bella
03 Toby Coco
04 Cooper Ginger
05 Rocky Abbie
06 Bentley Lulu
07 Oliver Rosie
08 Cody Stella
09 Teddy Maya
10 Louie Penny
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Overview

The Volpino has been known and loved by Italian royalty for centuries, being a special favorite of the ladies. Although bearing a strong resemblance to the Pomeranian, the breed is much older and thus has a different background. The northern dogs found their way south very early in the history of domesticated dogs. The Volpino is also called a Lupino or a Volpino in Italian, meaning "Little Fox", respectively wolfy and foxy (dog is understood).

The Volpino makes a good watchdog, and some can even be used as gun-dogs (bird dogs) if trained properly. They will make extremely active, affectionate pets.

History
Descended from the ancient European Spitz, the Italian Volpino has been bred in Italy for many years. He was idolized in the palaces of the noblemen and also in the hovels of the common people, where he was appreciated for his guarding instinct. The Italian Volpino was recognized by the United Kennel Club in 2006.
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