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Other names: Länder, Kromi


This characterful, scruffy terrier is a friend, not a hunter: The “krome-for-lahn-dair” (as it’s pronounced) has retained little of his hunting instinct but absolutely loves to be around people, who usually find it irresistible to love him back. His name refers to the ‘krumme furche’ or crooked furrows of the farmland which find themselves reflected in the Kromi’s own brow. Although an adorable companion and excellent pet, it is hard to adopt a Kromi into your family as they are a relatively new and rare breed, being unseen in this form before the 1940s-50s. 

Key facts about the Kromfohrländer

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Temperament :

Affectionate Playful

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Origins and history

The first Kromfohrländer was named, not unreasonably, Original Peter. Brilliant! Original Peter was a French terrier mongrel picked up by US troops during World War II and adopted as a mascot. When the troops reached Germany, little Peter scarpered, eventually being found by Ilse Schleifenbaum and ‘accidentally’ mating with a Fox Terrier named Fifi. The puppies all looked just like Original Peter – in other words, a litter of highly attractive facsimiles. Over the next years, Schleifenbaum added a dash of Grand Griffon Vendeen and other dogs to the mix to come up with the little man we know today. However, due to his peculiar origins, the Kromfohrländer is not widely represented. Breeders are now attempting to increase his number, without jeopardising his health by abusing his limited gene pool.

FCI breed nomenclature

FCI Group

Group 9 - Companion and Toy Dogs


Section 10 : Kromfohrländer

Physical characteristics of the Kromfohrländer

Adult size

Female : Between 15 and 18 in

Male : Between 15 and 18 in


Female : Between 20 and 31 lb

Male : Between 20 and 31 lb

Coat colour

Type of coat

Eye colour



This smiling terrier, available in smooth or crunchy format, is a rascal to behold, although the smoother variety tends more towards raffishness than rascalness. Short but substantial, his body appears made more for mischief than action; a tucked belly and slim, spidery legs keep him propped neatly above the earth, and facilitate a certain talent for jumping. His muzzle is the same length as his skull and tapers slightly to a substantial nose. The all-important ears are semi-drop, adorable, triangular with rounded ends, and perfectly match the mood of the Kromfohrländer himself.

Good to know

The Kromfohrländer is known for the ‘Kromi smile’ by which he greets familiar faces upon being reunited.





  • 100%


    He is very loyal and affectionate towards his family.

  • 100%


    He is playful, mischievous even, a real entertainer.

  • 66%


    The Kromfohrländer has a lively temperament.

  • 66%


    He is an intelligent pooch who adapts easily to all situations.

  • 33%


    Unlike many of his cousins in terrier world, the Kromfohrländer retains barely any of his hunting instinct.

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    Fearful / wary of strangers

    He is usually shy at first until he gets to know someone.

  • 66%


    The Kromfohrländer is a pleasure dog, but still remains relatively independent compared with similar breeds.

    Behaviour of the Kromfohrländer

    • 66%

      Tolerates solitude

      Not too bad if his needs have been met, but may become anxious if left for long periods.

    • 100%

      Easy to train / obedience

      He’s clever and intuitive, so he’s quite easy to train in basic dog matters.

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      This dog can easily give voice to any suspicious sound.

    • 33%