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GENERALBreed group: Non-Sporting Type: Pure Breed
Talent: Jogging, Watchdog
PHYSICALSize: Medium Weight: 22-31 lbs Fur length: Ears: Flappy Fur type: Straight
Fur Color: 3 Colors, Brown & White, White / Cream
ATTRIBUTESLife Expectancy: 10-14 years Rarity: Uncommon Availability: Hard to find
Climate: Good for every climate
The Kromfohrlander is a rather new breed of companion dog, originating in Germany in 1940s. It is believed that this breed is the result of accidental matting between the Fox Terrier and the Grand Bassett Griffon Vendeen breeds. The resulting puppies were admiringly beautiful and uniform in appearance. These puppies were taken in by llse Schleifenbaum and decided to breed them. From than on, the dogs were systematically and deliberately bred to be excellent companion dogs and were allowed for showing in 1955. The Kromfohrlander or Krom is a beautiful dog. Potential owners can choose between long haired, short haired or wire haired Lander. It is a medium size dog that stands between 15-18 inches and weighs about 22-31 lbs. The breed standards call for slightly rounded skull, same length muzzle with straight nose bridge that leads to medium size usually black nose though brown as nose colour is acceptable. Triangular shaped high set ears are semi folded, lying close to the head and very mobile. Moderate size, oval shaped and set slightly slanted eyes usually have dark brown colour. Medium length neck with tight skin is well muscled and slightly arched. The body of a Krom is slightly longer than tall and comes with a strong, straight back, moderately broad and deep chest, narrow loin and well tucked up belly. Tail is carried over the back in saber style when the dog is in action and hangs down when the dog is at rest. This breed is found in long haired and short haired coat varieties while wire haired Kromfohrlander are also seen. White is the base colour with patches or saddle of tan or light to dark brown. This breed is NOT recognized by AKC however it is recognized by UKC and FCI.
Predominante colour for this dog is white. Tan, light or dark brown colouring is present on head. White body has either saddle or marked with varied sized tan and brown patches and symmetrical markings on cheeks, ears and above the eyes. Dogs with brown undercoat have black tipped hair.
The Kromfohrlander comes in mainly two coat varieties; Rough coated and smooth coated. Rough coated dogs have thick and rough textured hair with a beard. The hair are no more than 3 cm on withers and back, shorter on sides with one cm long hair while longer on face and muzzle. The smooth haired dogs have thick, smooth and close lying coat without a beard. Back of the legs have feathering. Longer hair covers the ears, the underside of the neck and the chest. Tail of this type is beautifully plumed. The coat is shorter on face and muzzle. Undercoat is short and soft in both varieties.
Very loving, affectionate and non-dominant, the Kromfohrlander is an excellent family companion for all the family. Bred deliberately to be family companion, the dog indeed is a great family pet with its docile and eager to please nature. It looks up to its master and family for guidance and love. Vivacious and cheerful, the dog is also an intelligent and highly adaptable breed. Its playful and spunky nature makes it an ideal children companion and playmate. Also, the dog is very gentle and loving towards children. This bright and affectionate breed develops strong bonding with its family. It has a tendency to favor one member of the family though. This friendly breed is suspicious and distrustful of strangers and will not fail to alert the family if it sees an stranger coming near. This quality qualifies the dog as an alert and trustworthy watch dog. It generally gets along well with other dogs and pets in the family. The Kromfohrlander can fit into apartment living but it does like to go out playing Frisbee and fetch. Early socialization will be helpful to make this dog discern between an intruder and guest. The Kromfohrlander makes an excellent family companion and alarm dog.
This breed has low maintenance coat that will only need brushing once or twice a week. This is a clean dog, free of any doggy odor and as such, will only need to be bathed when really dirty.
The bright and intelligent Kromfohrlander is easy to train due to its obedient and docile nature. It does have stubborn streaks but should be dealt with firm yet gentle attitude. The owner must display true packleader qualities to this intelligent dog otherwise it will sum up its owner's weaknesses and will try to exploit them.
Though it does not very high energy levels, the Kromfohrlander does love to go outside and play. Daily walking is a must with this breed. It can play fetch, Frisbee and other dog games.