Volpino Italiano

9-14 lbs
Cane de Quirinale, Florentine Spitz, Italian Spitz, Volpino

The Volpino Italiano is a Spitz-type breed that is popular within his native Italy, but rarely seen in the Western Hemisphere. He is a smart, alert dog and makes an excellent watchdog. The Volpino Italiano can be vocal and will sound the alarm when a stranger comes near his property. He does not like strangers, including dogs, and will show his displeasure at having to meet them when out and about by vocalizing. He will require early and ongoing socialization for him to become a well-adjusted family member. He is a big dog in a small package and does make a good family companion. 

purpose Purpose
Companion, Watchdog
history Date of Origin
15th Century
ancestry Ancestry

Volpino Italiano Health

Average Size
Male Volpino Italiano size stats
Height: 9-12 inches Weight: 9-14 lbs
Female Volpino Italiano size stats
Height: 9-12 inches Weight: 9-14 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Usually A Very Healthy Breed
Minor Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Lens Luxation
Occasional Diagnoses
  • None Known
Occasional Tests
  • Yearly Physical Examination
  • DNA

Volpino Italiano Breed History

The Volpino Italiano is a very old breed that is thought to date back to the 15th century. He descends from various Spitz-type breeds found throughout Europe. His exact ancestry is unknown. Researchers believe that the Volpino Italiano contributed his DNA to several modern day breeds such as the Pomeranian, American Eskimo and German Spitz. At the height of his popularity the Volpino Italiano was a favored companion of the Italian royalty as well as peasant farmers. It is said that Michelangelo enjoyed the company of the Volpino Italiano and had several throughout his life. Italian immigrants brought the Volpino Italiano with them when they came to North America in the late 19th century and early 20th century. However, because he came mainly with peasant immigrants, his value was virtually unknown and he was never recognized as an independent breed. There was a sharp decline in popularity during the 20th century and the Volpino Italiano was on the verge of extinction. Researchers are not certain why the beloved little dog lost his popularity, but in 1965 it was thought that there were only five purebred Volpino Italiano remaining. A few breeders took notice of the alarmingly small numbers of this lovable breed and worked diligently to revive the breed. In the 1980s the breed started gaining popularity again in Italy. The first kennel club to recognize the Volpino Italiano was the Italian Kennel Club (ENCI) in 1903. The Federation Cynologique International was the next club to recognize him in 1956. In 2006, the United Kennel Club accepted the Volpino Italiano into their registry. The American Kennel Club has yet to fully recognize him; however, breeders are diligently working to have him accepted. 

Volpino Italiano Breed Appearance

This small dog is squarely built with pointy ears and a sharp, straight muzzle, giving him a foxy appearance. The Volpino Italiano has a wedge shaped head that is not rounded. His nose does not extend past the front of the lips and is in line with the top of the muzzle. His nose is always black. He has round, alert eyes that are dark brown. His eye rims are always black, highlighting his dark, inquisitive eyes. The Volpino Italiano has a very dense, long coat that is straight. There should never be any curl or wave to his coat. It is harsh and somewhat stiff, standing off the body even when his coat is sparse. His breed standard calls for his coat to give him the appearance of being wrapped in a muff, especially on the neck. He has long hair on his tail, forming a fringe. His back thighs also form a thick fringe called his skirts. The Volpino Italiano is mostly found in solid white, however he can be solid red or champagne.

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Volpino Italiano eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Volpino Italiano nose
Coat Color Possibilities
red Volpino Italiano coat
white Volpino Italiano coat
cream Volpino Italiano coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
coat density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
coat texture
Volpino Italiano straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Volpino Italiano Breed Maintenance

The Volpino Italiano’s double coat does require weekly grooming to ensure he does not matt. His coat does shed, more so seasonally, and does require more attention than a shorter coated breed. A pin brush and metal comb are essential grooming tools, a slicker brush, dematter and even detangling spray may also be needed. During times of heavy shedding, daily grooming is needed to keep hairs from collecting on your furniture or clothing. Check his feet each week and trim between his toes and pads as needed to keep him from tracking in dirt and debris. The longer hair between his toes and pads can also matt if not properly taken cared for. Clean his ears weekly and check for any irritation or foul smell that might indicate an infection is starting. Brush his teeth weekly using dog safe toothpaste. You should plan on trimming his nails every few weeks to keep them neat and short.  

Brushes for Volpino Italiano
Pin Brush
Pin Brush
Slicker Brush
Slicker Brush
Brushing Frequency
fur daily fur weekly fur monthly
Volpino Italiano requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Volpino Italiano Temperament

The Volpino Italiano is a very lively and happy dog that loves to play games. He is a typical Spitz-breed and is not trusting of strangers, including strange dogs. He is a natural watchdog and will sound the alarm when strangers approach either at home or when he is out for a walk. He does tend to vocalize often and will need to be trained early so he does not become a nuisance. The Volpino Italiano loves his family and forms a close bond with all family members. He will need to be closely monitored with small children until you determine that everyone respects each other. Watch him closely when he is around small family pets. He does not generally have a strong prey drive but may become overbearing towards smaller animals. The Volpino Italiano is a very intelligent dog and would excel in dog sports which also help form a strong bond between dog and owner. Start his training early and make sure he gets plenty of daily exercise to keep him healthy. 

Volpino Italiano Activity Requirements

The Volpino Italiano can be a very active dog when he is not given proper attention or exercise. When his family takes the time each day to play games or go for long walks, his energy levels are much more manageable. This little guy can be a prankster so finding games that allow him to play tricks is a great way to entertain him and get the needed activity each day. Do not simply turn him out into a fenced yard and expect him to entertain himself, he will become very barky and drive your neighbors crazy. When visiting dog parks, watch him closely around strange dogs as he is generally wary of unknown dogs and people. 

Activity Level
low activity medium activity high activity
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
8 miles
walk mileage
Minutes of Activity Per Day
45 minutes
activity minutes

Volpino Italiano Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
cup per day cost
Daily Cost
$0.80 - $1.00
food bowls daily cost
Monthly Cost
$25.00 - $30.00
food bag monthly cost

Volpino Italiano Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Volpino Italiano size stats at six months
Height: 7.0 inches Weight: 6.0 lbs
Female Volpino Italiano size stats at six months
Height: 7.0 inches Weight: 6.0 lbs
12 Months
Male Volpino Italiano size stats at 12 months
Height: 9.5 inches Weight: 8.5 lbs
Female Volpino Italiano size stats at 12 months
Height: 9.5 inches Weight: 8.5 lbs
18 Months
Male Volpino Italiano size stats at 18 months
Height: 10.5 inches Weight: 11.5 lbs
Female Volpino Italiano size stats at 18 months
Height: 10.5 inches Weight: 11.5 lbs

Volpino Italiano Owner Experiences

5 Months
2 People
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