At A Glance

Size: Small

Weight: 25 - 27 lbs.

Height: 15" - 17"

Life Span: 13 - 14 years


Also know as: No Nicknames.

Group: Non-sporting

Origin: Germany (1940s)

Today's Role: Companion Dog

History and Facts: The Kromfohrlander has a romantic story. In the last days of WWII, American soldiers passing through Krumme Furche, a small town in Germany, gave a local townswoman, Isle Schleifenbaum, a Griffon mix that had been following them. Isle named him "Peter" and he became a favorite house pet. It is unclear whether Peter was bred with one of Isle's other dogs or if he "fell in love" with the female dog next door. Regardless, the result was a litter of handsome puppies with uniform physical qualities and excellent temperament. Isle bred the two dogs several more times to form the base for this 20th century breed. Today, the Kromfohrlander is dwindling in numbers.

Temperament / Behavior
The Kromfohrlander is intelligent, lively and obedient. This breed is extremely attached to its family and does not have a tendency to roam. Alertness makes the Kromfohrlander an excellent watch dog. Bred strictly as a companion dog, this breed is happy being with people all the time and requires only moderate exercise. However, its genetic history is based on the terrier, which means it is fairly energetic.

Breed-Related Health Concerns
Stifle-joint disease (degenerative joint disease of the knee that causes slipped knees and bowleggedness)

Special Needs
Exercise: The Kromfohrlander required a daily long walk.

Grooming: No special grooming requirements.


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