Meet the Breed: The Kromfohrlander
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.
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.
Breed Club Links: Kromfohrlander Club of America
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