Volpino Italiano is a direct descendant of the Spitz breed of dogs and is in existence for the last five thousand years. On the other hand, some reports mention that these dogs got a reputable place in the paintings and artifacts from the ancient ages. Their popularity persisted in the Italian royal community over centuries. Some reports also mention that Queen Victoria herself had some Volpinos in her possession after her visit to Italy.
They have a great fan following owing to their soft and fluffy coat, a straight muzzle, a pair of fox-like pointed ears, ahead of the shape of a wedge, two deep and dark eyes, and a curly feather-like tail. They have a striking appearance which appeals to people.
Pronunciation of the word Volpino Italiano is Vol-pi-no-ita-Ija-no.
Volpino dog borrows its name from the Italian word Volpes, which means fox, that in turn compliments its foxy body.
Some mistake this breed to the Pomeranian and the American Eskimo.
Temperament & Personality
They always emerge as a great family dog because of their highly energetic and lively personality. But at times they can be clingy and aloof, not only with the family but also with strangers. If the owner channelizes their watchdog's ability properly, they can be great guard dogs and even gundogs.
They will mingle well with older children who have the ability and matureness of dealing with a dog of this size. They can quickly adapt to any kind of environment, be it an apartment life or the life of the countryside. Being a primitive breed, these dogs have a natural dominating personality and need a firm leader.