Italian Volpino

Other names: Volpino Italiano, Italian Spitz, Florence Spitz, Cane de Guirinale, Chien du Quirinal

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The Italian Volpino is a small dog, of the Spitz type, of both compact and harmonious construction and endowed with a long and abundant coat. The gaits of the Italian Volpino are characterized by a normal trot (not bouncing) and a gallop that is more regular and calm than fast.



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Hair type Long
Origin Italy
Template Small
Head shape Triangular
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 5 kg to 6 kg From 25 cm to 28 cm
Male From 5 kg to 6 kg From 27 cm to 30 cm
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History of the breed

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Physical features

His hair: dense, very long, particularly straight and erect, of hard texture, never lying down. Forming an abundant ruff around the neck.
Its color: unicoloured white or red. The champagne color is only tolerated.
His head: shaped like a pyramid. The skull is longer than the muzzle and almost oval in shape. The frontal groove is only slightly marked, as is the occipital protuberance. The upper axes of the skull and muzzle are slightly convergent and the stop is well defined. The nose is large, black and the nostrils well open. The lips are rather thick and tight, the corners of the lips not visible. Jaws strong and scissor bite. The clamp joint is however tolerated. The cheeks are normally developed.
His ears: triangular in shape, with rigid cartilage, set high and rather close to each other. Their length is roughly equal to half the length of the head.
His eyes: wide open, of normal size, round in shape, not prominent, dark brown in color and displaying an expression full of alertness and liveliness.
Its body: writable in a square, its length being approximately equal to its height at the withers. The neck is well muscled, the back line straight, the withers slightly raised from the dorsal line and harmoniously extending the neck, the kidney short, wide, well muscled and slightly arched, the croup longer than wide and well muscled, the chest well let down to the elbows, the ribs well sprung and the bottom line slightly raised between the sternum and the belly.
Its tail: set high and in the extension of the croup, carried permanently curved above the back, thick at its base and tapering towards its end, covered with a long and abundant hair.

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

the   Italian Volpino   is a companion dog who knows how to show attachment and affection towards his master and his family . He is endowed with an exuberant temperament , full of vivacity and joie de vivre. Very playful, pleasant daily companion , the Italian Volpino is nonetheless a good guardian who will alert his masters to the slightest suspicious approach aimed at the property.

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Intelligent and loving to please his master, the Italian Volpino integrates the notions of basic education fairly well if it is managed both firmly (but without any form of brutality) and gentle. Encouragement and rewards make him more receptive and therefore facilitate learning and socialization.

Living conditions

Suitable for apartment living
Good for new masters
Love it hot
Love the cold

the   Italian Volpino   adapts to all lifestyles and family settings . He will prefer to evolve in a house with a large fenced garden where he can move freely.


Ease of gaining weight

the   Italian Volpino   is a strong and resistant dog . It is fairly well protected against cold and bad weather, but it should not be exposed to harsh climatic conditions. There is no predisposition to any particular disease or abnormality in this breed.

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size

Between 4 and 6 puppies

Major concerns
Patella dislocation
Dislocation of the lens

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Life expectancy

Minimum: 13 years old

Maximum: 15 years

The life expectancy of an Italian Volpino is, on average, between 13 years and 15 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

Ease of maintenance
Cost of maintenance
Hair loss
Drool level
Ease of grooming

the   Italian Volpino   generally undergoes 2 moults per year during which it can lose a lot of hair. For the rest, its maintenance remains not very restrictive .

It is recommended to brush it once or twice a week . During the moult, brushing becomes daily in order to get rid of dead hairs. Frequent baths should be avoided.

His ears, as well as his eyes which tend to weep, should be cleaned weekly to prevent the accumulation of dirt that can cause infection. His teeth need to be brushed frequently to remove tartar build-up and the proliferation of bacteria. Finally, if they do not wear out naturally, its claws need to be cut. If you are new to this, it is recommended that you seek advice from a veterinarian or groomer.

Price and budget

Purchase price

900 €
€ 1,100

The purchase price of an Italian Volpino is between 900 € and 1100 €.

Annual maintenance cost

250 €
€ 350

The annual maintenance cost of an Italian Volpino is between 250 € and 350 €.

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play

the   Italian Volpino   is an energetic dog without being hyperactive. He therefore needs long daily outings and games to flourish , interact with his environment and stimulate his senses.


Classifications & Standards
(AKC) American Kennel Club
(ANKC) Australian National Council Kennel
(CKC) Canadian Kennel Club
(FCI) Fédération Cynologique Internationale
(KC) The Kennel Club
(NZKC) New Zealand Kennel Club
(UKC) United Kennel Club


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FCI Information



FCI Group

Group 5: Spitz-type and primitive-type dogs

Recognized by FCI

Since 1956


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