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Italian Spitz

Size: Small

Weight: 9 - 11 lbs.

Height: 11" - 12"

Life Span: 14 - 15 years

Health Problems: Excellent health record. No known hereditary conditions.

Origin: Italy (1600s)

Also Known As: Volpino, Volpino Italiano, Cane de Quirinale

Group: Non-Sporting

Category: Companion Dog

Exercise Needs

No special exercise requirements.

Grooming Needs

No special grooming requirements.


A lively, affectionate and devoted companion dog often mistaken for the Pomeranian. While too small to be used as a guard dog, the Volpino is an excellent watch dog that will bark to warn you of a stranger or disturbance. This breed is easy to train.

Compatibility with Kids

Good with children.


The Volpino first became popular among women in Renaissance Italy as a companion dog. It is thought that the Volpino predates the development of the Pomeranian in Germany -- it's often mistaken for this breed.