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Volpino Italiano

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Volpino Italiano
Alternative names
Florentine Spitz
Cane de Quirinale
Country of origin
Common nicknames
Classification and breed standards
FCI: Group 5 Section 4 #195
Not recognized by any major kennel club
This breed of dog is extinct

A Volpino Italiano is a white breed of dog of the spitz family.


Spitz types were found throughout the ancient world. Specimens from this group have been found preserved in European peat bogs which anthropologists trace to 4000 BC. The remainsówith curly tails, foxy heads, and small erect earsóhave been found dating back over 5,000 years. These little pets wore decorative ivory bracelets and collars. Engravings of similar dogs were found in Greece, and these have been determined to date to about 400 BC.

The Volpino has been known and loved by Italian royalty for centuries, being a special favorite of the ladies. Although bearing a strong resemblance to the Pomeranian, the breed is much older and thus has a different background. The northern dogs found their way south very early in the history of domesticated dogs. The Italian word for wolf is lupo, and the Keeshond is called both Lupino and Volpino in Italian, so Volpino may be an old term for wolfdog or wolf spitz. Despite his long history, the Volpino is unknown outside of Italy and is now quite rare even in his homeland.

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