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20-31 lbs
Kromi, Lander, Landeri

The Kromfohrlander is a German breed that is very smart and easy to train. Bred to be a companion dog, he is a mellow breed, although he is still a dog and will inevitably get into trouble. He only needs a light correction to correct undesirable behavior. The Kromi, as he is affectionately nicknamed by enthusiasts, is the type of dog that needs to be with you. He will be extremely unhappy if left alone for too long. He is a wonderful family dog and enjoys spending time playing games with children. The Kromfohrlander is an extremely rare breed, even in his homeland. 

Date of Origin
Grand Bassett Griffon Vendeen, Fox Terrier, Griffon Fauve de Bretagne

Kromfohrlander Health

Average Size
Male Kromfohrlander size stats
Height: 15-18 inches Weight: 24-35 lbs
Female Kromfohrlander size stats
Height: 15-18 inches Weight: 20-31 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Epilepsy
  • Autoimmune Thyroiditis
Minor Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Hyperkeratosis
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Hip Dysplasia
Occasional Tests
  • Hip X-Rays
  • Thyroid Tests
  • Neurological Examination

Kromfohrlander Breed History

The Kromfohrlander’s history is somewhat muddied and two different theories have emerged. It is known that he is a relatively new breed, created sometime during the 1940s. One theory claims that troops from the United States after World War II found a scruffy dog that may have been a cross between a Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen and Fox Terrier. The U.S. troops found him in northern France and named him Peter. While traveling through Germany, Peter became separated from the U.S. troops. Peter was then rescued by Frau Ilse Schleifenbaum. Frau Schleifenbaum adopted Peter and bred him to her Fox Terrier named Fifi. That breeding produced two puppies named Shaggy and Witch. These puppies had a strong resemblance to Peter and also seemed to have his temperament. Frau Schleifenbaum liked the puppies so much that she repeated the breeding and began calling the offspring krom fohr which means crooked furrow after the landscape of her home. The second theory includes the same people and dogs but instead of Peter becoming lost, he was given to Frau Schleifenbaum by the U.S. troops. Her female dog, Fifi, was also described as a Griffon Fauve de Bretagne. Together, Peter and Fifi produced five litters and all the puppies strongly resembled Peter. Frau Schleifenbaum called the puppies produced krom fohr. The Kromfohrlander was officially recognized in 1955 by the Federation Cynologique Internationale. It was not until 1997 that the first Kromfohrlander was imported into the United States. This dog was a male named Button von der Britzer Muhle. Then in 1999, a female named Finca vom Kahlharz was imported into the United States. The United Kennel Club recognized the Kromi in 1996 but the American Kennel Club did not begin registering him as part of their Foundation Stock Service until 2012. There are less than 40 Kromfohrlanders registered by the AKC.

Kromfohrlander Breed Appearance

The Kromfohrlander is a medium sized breed that was simply bred to be a companion. He can be found in two different coat types: smooth or wirehair. The biggest difference between the two coat types is that the wirehair Kromfohrlander has a beard and slightly longer coat than the smooth Kromfohrlander, giving him a wizened look. The wirehair variety has a harsher topcoat than his smooth coated counterpart. His nose can be either black or brown, although black is the preferred color. His eyes are oval shaped with a slight slant and are dark brown. He has ears that a folded and lie close to his head. The ears are triangular in shape with rounded tips. His ears should be set high on his head. The Kromfohrlander is mainly white with either tan or brown markings. He usually has a symmetrical blaze going from his muzzle to the top of his head. 

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Kromfohrlander eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Kromfohrlander nose
brown Kromfohrlander nose
Coat Color Possibilities
white Kromfohrlander coat
brown Kromfohrlander coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Kromfohrlander wiry coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Kromfohrlander Breed Maintenance

Since the Kromfohrlander comes in two coat varieties, his grooming needs vary depending on coat type. Smooth coated Kromfohrlanders are generally low maintenance and require weekly grooming. He has some feathering on his ears, legs, chest and tail that needs to be combed through weekly to prevent tangles. He should be brushed with a slicker brush to keep any shedding from gathering around the house. The wirehaired Kromfohrlander needs to be brushed weekly with special care being given to his beard. It is not uncommon for the Kromi to have a foul smell to his beard from the food and dirt that can gather. Regular bathing of only his beard may be necessary. He does not need full baths often, typically only two or three times a year or when he rolls in the mud. His teeth should be brushed frequently and his nails should be trimmed as needed. Be sure to check his ears often and keep them clean to prevent infection.

Brushes for Kromfohrlander
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Kromfohrlander requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Kromfohrlander Temperament

The Kromfohrlander makes a wonderful companion, especially for families with children. He loves playing games including playing fetch with himself! Overall, he is a docile, intelligent, low energy dog. The Kromi will form a special bond with his family and is easily trained. He does not like to get into trouble and will work hard to please you. He will be somewhat reserved around strangers and it will take him a while to warm up. He should never exhibit shyness or aggression toward people or animals. The Kromfohrlander will become a nuisance barker if left alone in his yard for too long. He can also be a problematic digger when he does not have enough toys to keep him occupied. Dog sports are a great way to bond with your Kromi and he would do wonderfully at agility or obedience. It is relatively easy to housetrain the Kromfohrlander. He is a naturally clean dog and tries to not soil his home. 

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
6 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
30 minutes

Kromfohrlander Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
2.5 cups
Daily Cost
$1.2 - $1.4
Monthly Cost
$34 - $45

Kromfohrlander Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Kromfohrlander size stats at six months
Height: 13 inches Weight: 13 lbs
Female Kromfohrlander size stats at six months
Height: 13 inches Weight: 12 lbs
12 Months
Male Kromfohrlander size stats at 12 months
Height: 16 inches Weight: 23 lbs
Female Kromfohrlander size stats at 12 months
Height: 16 inches Weight: 21 lbs
18 Months
Male Kromfohrlander size stats at 18 months
Height: 16 inches Weight: 29 lbs
Female Kromfohrlander size stats at 18 months
Height: 16 inches Weight: 25 lbs

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