A Volpino Italiano is a spitz-type breed of dog originally from Italy.

The Volpino Italiano is a direct descendent of Spitz-type dogs, which records show existed over 5,000 years ago. After breaking away from the Spitz breed, the Volpino Italiano became very popular in ancient Italy. This dog breed was said to be a favorite among palace lords as well as farmers, and is even rumored to be the dog of Michelangelo. For reasons unknown, the Volpino Italiano neared extinction and in 1965 only five of the dog breed were known to exist. After about twenty years, a discovery project was formed to recover the breed using the existing dogs from farms. Today, the Volpino Italiano dog breed still exists in small numbers and was recognized by the United Kennel Club in 2006.


The coat is dense, very straight and long, and is outside the body. The coat is hard and rigid and must be honored, even when the dog is out of the layer. The body gives the impression of being wrapped in a sleeve, especially in the neck, where the hair forms a collar abundant. The coat is short and smooth in the mouth and ears. The tail is covered with very long hair. There are streaks in the back of the thighs.

White and solid red solid. Champagne is accepted, but not required. Pale orange shading on the ears are tolerated but a failure.

The following links you will find information and breeders of the Volpio Italiano

  • Italian National Kennel Club
  • North American Volpino Club
  • Volpino Club of America
  • Volpino Italiano health and genealogy