Italian Volpino

Other names : Volpino, Italian Spitz, Volpino Italiano, Spitz de Florence, Chien du Quirinal, Cane de Guirinale

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Life expectancy

The Italian Volpino has a life expectancy of between 14 and 16 years




Adult size

Female Between 10 and 11 in
Male Between 11 and 12 in

Adult weight

Female Between 9 and 11 lb
Male Between 9 and 11 lb
Coat colour
White Red
Type of coat
Eye colour
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More details about the Italian Volpino

Italian Volpino: Origins and history

This dog’s very ancient origins are the same as those of the German Spitz. For centuries, the Volpino has been widespread throughout Italy, particularly in Tuscany (where it was called the Volpino of Florence), both in large aristocratic families and among the people. Recently, the German Spitz “stole” their place and the Volpino almost disappeared. It was saved only thanks to the passion of certain breeders. Today, the Volpino is no longer endangered, but is far from being as well-known as they deserve.

FCI classification of the Italian Volpino

  • Group 5 - Spitz and primitive types

  • Section 4 : European Spitz

Training a Italian Volpino

Little dog, big character! The Italian Spitz needs an early and firm education to learn to successfully channel all their energy. As cunning as a fox, as soon as they arrive at their new home, they must learn where the boundaries are and not to be allowed to cross them.

Although they are small, if they are not well-trained and socialised, they can be a real daily nightmare.

Smart, from the moment they adapt to a keen attitude (firm, consistent, positive), this little, fox-like dog enjoys learning. They were formerly used in circuses, demonstrating their ability to learn and listen.

Italian Volpino: Purchase price

The price of an Italian Volpino varies according to their origin, age and sex. Due to their rarity, the price will be high. Unfortunately we do not have enough information to set an average price for this breed. 

Regarding the average budget needed to meet the needs of a dog this size, it costs about £17 a month.

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