The Volpino dog is originally from Italy and resembles the German Spitz and the Japanese Spitz, it is a rare breed that makes a really good little watchdog.

These small dogs are very clever and are therefore easy to house train and teach tricks to, they are also very loyal and affectionate towards their owners.

Volpino Facts


Exercise Requirements:      3 star rating

Good with Children:             4 star rating

Easy to Train:                        4 star rating

Good Watchdog:                    3 star rating

Low Shedding:                       zero star rating

Good with Other Pets:         2 star rating

Vital Statistics

Size: 27-30 cm (10-11 in)

Weight: 4.1-5.4 kg (9-12 lb)

Coat: Long and harsh topcoat, very abundant around the neck and forequarters

Colour: White, cream or reddish

Lifespan: 14-16 years

Special Characteristics

These small dogs are alert, reactive and rather lively. You would also describe this breed of dog as being bold, curious, confident and affectionate.

Exercise Requirements

These small dogs are classed as having medium exercise requirements. This means that the dog will require at least two good walks each day to stay happy and content.

Attitude Towards:

Owners: Are loyal and incredibly affectionate towards their owners.

Children: Are known to be really good around children.

Other Pets: May be problematic.

Strangers: Devoted to their family and will be slightly reserved around strangers.

Other Unfamiliar Dogs: Could well be problematic unless well socialised from a young age.

What to Watch Out For

Their long bushy coat could well bring in mud and dirt from outside into your home and will definitely require daily grooming to prevent mats and tangles from forming. Also, might bark excessively unless well trained.

Health Risks

There are a few potential health risks to take note of with this breed including; bone and teeth problems, bad breathe and loss of teeth due to gum problems.

Ideal Owner

The perfect owner of the Volpino would need to be experienced with dogs and be an active person with plenty of time available for the dogs daily grooming and exercise requirements.

More Photos

Volpino with cream fur coat Volpino with all white fur coat

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