- Height: 15-18 inches
- Weight: 22-31 lb
- Lifespan: 10-15 years
- Group: AKC Foundation Stock Service
- Best Suited For: Singles, active singles, families with children, active families, apartments, houses with/without yards
- Temperament: friendly, fun-loving, lively, adaptable
- Comparable Breeds: Kooikerhondje, Lowchen
A friendly and fun-loving breed, the Kromfohrlander is loyal, affectionate and can adapt to a variety of households. Though it looks something like a terrier, this breed has low hunting instincts, which makes it a good choice for households with other pets. A German breed, the Kromfohrlander was developed during the 1940s and he is prized for is intelligence and good-natured spirit.
A friendly and fun-loving breed, the Kromfohrlander is loyal, affectionate and can adapt to a variety of households.
The Kromfohrlander (or the Kromi) is still a fairly new breed, having only been developed in Germany during the 1940s. This breed is descendant from a military mascot dog named Original Peter. The dog was found by American soldiers in France during the second World War and brought to Germany where he was lost. He was rediscovered by Ilsa Schleifenbaum who then used him to develop a new breed. Original Peter was bred with various terrier- and griffon-type breeds for about 10 years to create the Kromi. The breed was first recognized by the FCA in 1955 and remained largely a German breed until it was first introduced in America by Gene Cummings in 1997. In 2012, the Kromfohrlander was admitted into the AKC’s Foundation Stock Service.
The Kromfohrlander is descendant from a military mascot dog, Original Peter, who was bred with various terrier- and griffon-type breeds for about 10 years to create the breed.
As a small-breed dog, the Kromfohrlander should be offered a dog food formulated for its size. These dog foods are designed to meet the high energy needs of small-breed dogs.
These dogs form strong bonds with their families, so they can be eager to please their owners.
The Kromfohrlander is a fairly intelligent breed so it will likely respond well to training. These dogs form strong bonds with their families, so they can be eager to please their owners. Like all dogs, you should start your dog with socialization and training as early as possible for the best results. This breed can be a little hesitant around children and strangers but early socialization will help to prevent any problems.
The Kromfohrlander is a small breed, standing about 15 to 18 inches high and weighing between 22 and 31 pounds at maturity.
The Kromfohrlander is definitely a people-oriented breed and it bonds closely with its family. This breed was developed as a companion pet, so it has a low hunting instinct. The Kromi breed displays a mixture of terrier and griffon personality traits – he loves to run and play but can be a little hesitant around children and strangers. This breed is lively and good-natured – once they bond with you, you will have a friend for life. This dog is intelligent and fairly adaptable, making them a good choice for apartment or city life. And here’s an interesting fact about the breed: he can “smile,” and when you come home, he’ll sneeze to greet you!
Common Health Problems
The Kromfohrlander is a rare breed so it has a limited gene pool – this means that it is relatively unaffected by genetic conditions. Still, like all breeds, this dog is prone to certain health problems. The most common health conditions affecting the Kromfohrlander breed include epilepsy, keratosis (corny feet), patellar luxation, and cystinuria.
The average lifespan of the Kromfohrlander breed is about 10 to 15 years.
The Kromfohrlander was not developed for hunting, so it has only moderate needs for exercise. A daily walk will satisfy the exercise needs for this breed, though some active play time will also be appreciated.
The Kromfohrlander can “smile,” and when you come home, he’ll sneeze to greet you!
The Kromfohrlander is not currently recognized by the AKC but it is part of the Foundation Stock Service. When adequate numbers of the breed are registered, it will be accepted.
The Kromfohrlander breed comes in two different coat variations – smooth and wirehaired. The main distinction between the two is that the wirehaired variety has a beard and a longer coat than the smooth-haired variety. In both dogs, the coloration is largely white with brown or tan markings and a symmetrical blaze on the face.
The average litter size for the Kromfohrlander breed is about 7 to 9 puppies, though litters as large as 13 have been reported. Like all dogs, you should start your Kromi puppy with socialization and training as early as possible for the best results.
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