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March 20, 2014

Meet the Breed: The Kromfohrlander

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  • Height: 15"- 18”
  • Weight: 22-31 pounds
  • Historical function: Home companion
  • Modern function: Companion
  • AKC classification: Foundation Stock Service, Non-sporting group designation

Physical Characteristics:

The Kromfohrlander comes in two types - the wirehaired and smooth-coated variety. Both types have a comical, care-free appearance. This is a medium-sized dog that is slightly longer than tall at the withers. On wirehaired dogs, the muzzle features a beard. On the smooth version, there longer hairs on the ears and eyebrows, but there is no beard. The rough coat has longer hair over the body than the smooth coat. Feathering on the legs and tail is desirable. The ears are set high, slightly folded triangles with rounded tips. The eyes are medium to dark brown and oval in shape. The nose is black though brown is permitted. The coat has a white base with tan to brown spots. There is a white blaze up the muzzle. 

History of the Breed:

The Kromfohrlander is a recent German breed that is a descendant of a dog known as "Original Peter" who was discovered by American soldiers in France during World War II. He became the soldier's military mascot. The Americans brought Peter to Germany where he was lost. A woman named Ilsa Schleifenbaum found and took him in. She used him as the foundation for a new breed, reportedly using both terriers and griffons in the mix. The Kromfohrlander was first recognized by FCI for showing in 1955. The Kromfohrlander was introduced to America in 1997 by Gene Cummings. The Kromfohrlander was admitted to American Kennel Club's Foundation Stock Service in 2012. The first Kromfohrlanders were exhibited in America in 2013.


The Kromfohrlander is a lively people-oriented dog with a diminished hunting instinct. This breed is intelligent, amusing, playful and loyal. They are known for their smile and sneezing greeting. They often have a favorite person with whom they are particularly fond of. They get along well with children when positively introduced. They may be shy with strangers.  

  • Best suited for: Any family that wants an involved dog companion. Great at agility and dog tricks. 
  • Preferred living conditions: This dog is not suited to life in a kennel. Prefers being with his people whenever possible.

Care and Health:

  • Grooming requirements: Easy-care coat repels dirt and has no doggy odor. Does shed seasonally. 
  • Exercise needs: Daily walk, as well as mental exercises such as tricks.
  • Life expectancy: 12-15 years.
  • Health concerns: May be prone to epilepsy, cystinuria (buildup of amino acids in the urine), keratosis ('corny feet' known in some terrier breeds) and patellar luxation (knee dislocation.

Breed Club Links: Kromfohrlander Club of America Perfect Pairings: Dog Agility Starter Kit

Have any stories about a Kromfohrlander? Please share!

Photo courtesy of Wikipedia Commons.


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