The Kromfohrländer is a medium-sized dog that originated in Germany. It was developed solely as a companion dog. Being such, the Kromfohrländer is good-natured, intelligent dog that loves to play. It is characterized by two types of coat: wirehaired (Rauhaar in German) and smooth-haired (Glatthaar). The wirehaired variety sports a beard and therefore closely resembles a terrier, while the smooth-haired variety has a rather long silky coat and looks rather like a spaniel. In both varieties, the coat colour is brown/tan/buff markings over a white background. The face also sports a symmetrical blaze. The ideal size for dogs is between 38-46cm at withers while females should have an ideal height of 35-43cm. The ideal weight is between 10-16kgs.
All dog breeds have different levels of intellect. Some dog breeds; working dogs in particular, are very independent thinkers and have been evolved to be very intelligent. Typically, a highly intelligent dog does well in obedience training and other activities. A highly intelligent dog can be very demanding and do require lots of physical and mental stimulation. If you’re looking for a relatively laid-back dog, that doesn’t require lots of mental and physical stimulation, then you must fully understand the level of intelligence of your dog breed of choice.
Before committing to a certain dog breed, you must fully understand their intellect levels and their specific levels of energy. To keep your dog well-balanced and happy, their needs must be met and maintained.
All dog breeds have different needs when it comes to the level of exercise they require. For the high energy dogs; which are your typical working dogs, they have a lot of energy and require lots of daily exercise along with plenty of mental stimulation. A highly energetic dog breed would suit an individual or family that is equally as active and loves the outdoors. There are also breeds that have relatively low exercise needs, such as toy dog breeds. Although they require daily exercise and mental stimulation, they’re just as happy chilling at home with their loved ones. This type of dog breed would suit an individual or family that prefers the peace and quiet and relaxation.
Before deciding on your chosen dog breed, Mypetzilla recommends that you research the exercise needs and whether you’re well equipped before committing to buying or adopting a particular dog breed.
There are several dog breeds that are known and potentially predisposed to developing health related conditions. Sensible breeding can help prevent the onset of health related conditions and this should always be taken into condition when researching your dog breed of choice. Before committing to a dog, you should speak to the breeder about any health related conditions that may affect the dog you’re looking to buy or adopt. You can also request to see any test results from genetic testing.
There are many dog breeds that tolerate children really well and are not affected by the constant noise and need for play-time. However, there are some dog breeds that don’t do very well with children and can become frustrated and snappy. That being said, all children should be shown how to handle and care for a dog in their home and should always be supervised when playing. As much as a dog can become annoyed and snappy with a younger child, the child can also become less tolerant and misbehaved towards the dog.
Mypetzilla recommends that you always supervise play-time between your children and dog. Children need to respect the boundaries and feeding time for the dog and likewise for the child. We also strongly advise that play-time doesn’t get out of control and too rough which can cause injury to both child and dog.
There are lots of dog breeds that are well suited to living in an apartment. It’s worthwhile noting that you need to check that you’re allowed dogs in your building before committing to bringing one home. If you do decide to own a dog and are living in an apartment, then you must make sure that they have plenty of room to roam around and frequent walks outside to prevent them from becoming bored and depressed.
Mypetzilla recommends that you check as to whether you’re allowed dogs in your apartment building and to fully ensure your apartment is dog proof before committing fully to bringing a dog home.
All dog breeds shed to some extent, some more than others. With this, all potential dog owners should be aware of this, as it will be a matter of putting up with some hair or lots of hair being left around the house. Depending on the dog breed, there are certain times during the year where some dog breeds shed the most and this is typically around spring and autumn. However, there are some dog breeds that shed all year round.
If you’re very house-proud, they you may want to choose a dog breed that sheds very little. Mypetzilla strongly recommends that you fully research your dog breed of choice and their shedding levels before committing.
All dog breeds require different levels of grooming. Some dog breeds are easier to maintain than others and only require a weekly brush to help keep their coat in good condition. There are some dog breeds that require regular trips to the grooming parlour and this can come at a huge cost. Either way, all dog breeds require their coat and nails to be maintained and cared for.
Mypetzilla strongly advices that potential owners research the grooming needs and associated costs with their desired dog breed before fully committing.
Barking is a necessity for your dog to communicate. However, it can also be a nuisance to yourself and fellow neighbours if it’s not kept under control. If you live in an apartment, then you’re better off choosing a dog breed that doesn’t bark as much. If you live further out and far from civilisation, then it’s worthwhile looking into a dog breed that does bark and will bark to alert you of any other company on your property.
Mypetzilla advices that you research the behaviours of your dog breed of choice and whether this would work for you and your family. It’s worth noting that dogs can be trained to bark less and this will take a lot of effort and training from the owner.
Majority dog breeds form very close relationships with their owners and as a result can become very stressed when left alone for a period of time. If a dog is suffering with separation anxiety then they’re very likely to become destructive around the home as a way of dealing with their anxieties. Dog breeds that do form strong bonds with their owners are better accustomed to a household where one member of the family remains home, whilst the others are out, this is to help avoid further anxieties and destructive behaviours.
Mypetzilla recommends that all potential owners research their dog breed of choice on their bonding abilities and how well-adjusted they are to being left alone at home. It’s also worth noting that you should never leave your dog for longer than 4 hours alone at home.
There are certain dogs breeds that have very high intellect and therefore easier to train than other dog breeds. There is also a downside to this; as fast as they learn the new trick or command, they can easily pick up bad habits just as quick. Other dog breeds that don’t rank as high on the intellect scale require patience and plenty of reward treats from their owners during training.
Before committing to a certain dog breed, Mypetzilla advices you to fully research your dog breed of choice and their level of training needs.
All dog breeds have different energy levels. The working dog breed has one of the highest energy levels in comparison to the low-energy dog’s breeds such as the Toy dog breed group. To keep a dog truly happy, healthy and well-balanced, their energy levels must be met.
High-energy dog breeds need lots of exercise and mental stimulation. High energy dog breeds would suit an active family or person. Dog breeds that are considered as low-energy, love to spend the majority of their time relaxing and sleeping in their favourite, comfy spot. A low-energy dog breed would suit an individual that equally loves the quiet life and relaxing lifestyle. Of course, low-energy dogs still need their daily walks and mental stimulation, just not as much as a high-energy dog breed.
Mypetzilla recommends that potential owner research fully on the type of dog breed that would suit their existing lifestyle and to also take into consideration the dog breeds energy levels and exercise requirements.
Before you decide on what dog breed would be suitable for you and your family, you must consider whether they’re a friendly dog breed and if you already have other pets within the household. For homes that already have dogs and other domestic pets, then it’s wise to choose a dog breed that has a friendly personality and temperament.
There are some dog breeds that mix well with other dog breeds and there are others that don’t suit one another and this could potentially cause issues later on down the line.
Another important point to consider is whether the dog breed of choice is friendly towards people and children.
Mypetzilla recommends to research fully on the right dog breed for your family and to also consider their temperament and characteristics.
The Kromfohrländer originated in Germany during the 1940s. It was created from a stray dog, “Original Peter” found and adopted by American soldiers in France during the Second World War. Original Peter was brought to Germany by the soldiers but got lost in the process. It was here that he was discovered by Ilsa Schleifenbaum, who developed the breed by using various terrier and griffon-type breeds for 10 fruitful years. The Kromfohrländer was solely developed as a companion dog, particularly after the war when most German women lost their husbands during the war campaign. It retains very little hunting instinct, despite having a terrier in its blood. Although the breed started in Germany, it is seldom seen in its native country of origin and is quite hard to find purebred puppies because there are only a handful of available each year. At the moment, the Kromfohrländer is not recognised by the Kennel Club of UK.
Originally bred by a German lady as a companion dog, the Kromfohrländer sports a very lively, good-natured, and intelligent temperament. Even though there is a terrier breed in its lineage, the Kromfohrländer has a very weak hunting instinct and gets along well with other dogs. This breed loves to play around and run in the yard. It is well-adapted in any given situation and loves human companionship, often forming a strong bond with one person in the family whom it rarely stays very far from. It is wary of strangers and other children at first, but once it gets comfortable and familiar, it is friends with them forever.
Training is easy and the Kromfohrländer learns new things very quickly so it is a good choice for first time dog owners. In fact, training is a breeze that the breed can recognize new commands with just a few repetitions, plus the fact that this dog loves to please so it is always a pleasure to have him trained, even by an inexperienced dog handler/owner. Early training and socialisation is always the key to raising an adult Kromfohrländer that is well-balanced and calm. Training methods should always be simple, consistent, fair, and reinforced with treats and praised and should not be repetitive.
Like any other breed of canines, the Kromfohrländer needs to be groomed on a regular basis, preferably twice a week, to keep the coat in pristine condition and the skin healthy and free from irritants and allergies. The Kromfohrländer has a profuse undercoat, but the outer coat may consist of wire hair or smooth hair, depending on the variety. It sheds moderately during seasonal changes wherein more frequent brushings is usually required to minimize shedding and keep the coat free from loose dead hairs. Grooming should also involve checking the ears regularly, looking for signs of wax build-up or infections which can cause serious illness to the breed. In other words, preventive measures are always better than cure.
The Kromfohrländer is a long-lived dog with an average lifespan of 17-18 years. There are some minor health issues that have been known to affect other pedigrees, including:
Exercise is one of the major requirements in owning a dog and the Kromfohrländer is no exception. Even though it was primarily developed as a family companion, regular daily exercise is required to ensure the breed remains fit and healthy. High-quality diet should also be given to make sure that it meets all the nutritional requirements that it needs.
The Kromfohrländer is a family companion dog which thrives on human companionship. With that being said, this dog enjoys nothing more than being around the family, especially children. This dog loves to play with kids and goes along well with them regardless of age. However, care should always be taken when children and dogs interact together to make sure playtime does not end up getting too animated. It also does well with other dogs especially if well-socialised from an early age. If the dog grew up with family cats, it will also get along with them very well. However, the same may not always be true with strange cats, as it might chase those it may come across with.