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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.

Dog Food for Your Italian Spitz

Small Breed Puppy 6 lb. Front Counter

Small Breed Puppy

For the care and nutrition of Small Breed Puppies.

Small Breed Adult 6 lb. Front Counter

Small Breed Adult

Carefully formulated for the care and nutrition of small breed dogs.

Small Breed Senior 6lb. Front Counter

Small Breed Senior

Helps support the lifelong health of small breed senior dogs.

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Picky No More™ Small Breed

Created to please even the pickiest of small breed dogs. 

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