Volpino Italiano

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Volpino Italiano History

The Volpino Italiano, or “Italian Fox Terrier”, is a breed of small, compact, short-coated, medium-sized working terrier. The origin of the name “Volpino” is debated, but it is thought to be derived from “vola” meaning “to fly” or “to run”. The Volpino originated in southern Italy, where it is now predominantly found. The Volpino was used for rabbit and rat control, as well as to hunt foxes and other vermin. The Volpino is valued for its agility and determination, as well as its compact size. The Volpino is smart, easy to train, and affectionate. The smooth coat can be red, white, black, gray, or blue.

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Volpino Italiano Physical Characteristics

The Volpino Italiano is a small, medium-to-large sized, short-legged breed of herding dog that was developed in the mountainous region of Abruzzo, Italy. It is also known as the Abruzzese Mountain Hound. The breed name translates as “little fox” in Italian. Descended from an ancient type of sheepdog, the breed is smaller than the Italian Greyhound and larger than a Jack Russell Terrier.

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Nose Colors


Coat Colors

Red, White, Cream

Height Range

Male Height Range: 9 – 12 inches

Female Height Range: 9 – 12 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 9 – 14 lbs

Female Weight Range: 9 – 14 lbs

Volpino Italiano Health

Description of breed health.


14-16 yrs

Volpino Italiano Health Concerns

Usually A Very Healthy Breed, Patellar Luxation, Lens Luxation

Volpino Italiano Temperament and Behaviour

The Volpino Italiano is a calm, gentle, and sensitive breed. They tend to be independent, but are also very loyal to their owners. They are suspicious of strangers, but are typically friendly and accepting of other people and animals. They are a very playful and affectionate breed of dog.

Volpino Italiano Activity Requirements

Volpino Italianos, also known as Italian Sheepdogs, are an intelligent, small-to-medium sized dog that was originally bred as a herding dog. They are loyal, intelligent, and protective, which makes them a great watchdog. While they are not as high-energy as some other dogs, they do require regular exercise. They are well suited to homes with large yards where they can run around and burn off some energy. A daily walk is also a good way to keep their mind and body stimulated. If you live in an apartment, you can still consider an Italiano. They do best with daily walks, and they don’t require a lot of space. They can do very well in urban environments and are quite popular with city dwellers.

Miles Per Day

8 miles

Activity Per Day

45 minutes

Daily Food

1 cups

Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Recognized by the American Kennel Club

Volpino Italiano is part of the Foundation Stock Service group.

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The Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Volpino Italiano is part of the Unclassified group.

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Australian National Kennel Council

Not Recognized

Volpino Italiano is part of the Unclassified group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Volpino Italiano is part of the Unclassified group.

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