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.





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    He is very loyal and affectionate towards his family.

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    He is playful, mischievous even, a real entertainer.

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    The Kromfohrländer has a lively temperament.

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

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    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.

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

    Behaviour of the Kromfohrländer

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      Tolerates solitude

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

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      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.

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      Tendency to run away

      He will usually stick around as long as he senses his family nearby.

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      Not especially, but watch out if he’s under-exercised and then left home alone for long periods.

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      Greedy / Gluttony

      No more greedy than others, he still appreciates a treat as a reward.

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      Guard dog

      He is likely to sound the alarm if disturbed by an intruder, although his facility as a physical deterrent is limited.

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      First dog

      The Kromfohrländer can make a very good first dog for a family as he is straightforward to train, eager to please, and relatively little trouble.

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        Kromfohrländer in a flat

        As long as he gets daily outdoor exercise, life in a flat should pose few problems.

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        Need for exercise / Sporty

        Quite a bit. Walks, runs, and – when his little legs have reached maturity – jumping games like frisbee will keep him fit and happy. He isn’t as demanding as other similar breeds, but still likes to have fun.

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        Travelling / easy to transport

        He is quite happy to travel with his family, but might need to get used to being around strangers.


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          Kromfohrländer and cats

          He should do well with a cat with whom he has been raised, but may give chase to others. 

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          Kromfohrländer and dogs

          The Kromfohrländer usually gets on capitally with other dogs.

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          Kromfohrländer and children

          He usually makes a great accomplice for a child.

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          Kromfohrländer and the elderly

          His regular exercise needs notwithstanding, the Kromfohrländer can make a great friend for the elderly.



          You can expect to pay upwards of £500 for a well-bred puppy. Looking after a dog of this size typically costs between £70 to £110 a month, including food, medical/insurance, and incidental expenses.


          He tends to stay clean and smell pretty nice, but regular brushing is a good idea.


          Moderate shedder. 

          Nutrition of the Kromfohrländer

          High quality, tasty food is fine. One evening meal a day is preferable.

          Health of the Kromfohrländer

          Life expectancy

          He tends to keep good health and has an average life expectancy of around 13 years. 

          Strong / robust

          He is quite a sturdy little terrier.

          Withstand heat

          He loves to go in the water when it’s hot.

          Withstand cold

          He doesn’t like to be exposed to the elements, and prefers home comforts.

          Tendency to put on weight

          His exercise needs must be met and meals balanced, to avoid weight gain.

          Common illnesses

          • Hyperkeratosis (test before buying)
          • Von Willebrand’s Disease (test before buying)
          • Epilepsy
          • Cystinuria
          • Patellar luxation
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