Italian Volpino

Italian Volpinos have a very distinctive coat. The body appears to be layered in a muff, especially on the neck, where it forms an abundant collar.
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About the Italian Volpino

Italian Volpinos are lively, cheerful, playful dogs with a distinctive temperament that grow very fond of their home patch and their family.

They have been bred in Italy since time immemorial, loved in palaces and hovels alike, especially for their guard instinct and vigilance. Perhaps most famously, it was the breed favoured by Michelangelo. In the 18th century it was used by carters in Toscany and Lazio, Italy, barking as soon as strangers approached.

Source: key facts and characteristics sourced from Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)

Breed specifics

Country: Italy
Size category: Small
Avg life expectancy: 14-16 years
Loving / Assertive / Alert / Playful / Lively


Key facts

Requires a lot of grooming
Suitable for small homes
Makes a great family dog

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