The Kromfohrlander (pronunciation: KROHM-fore-lahn-dair) is a breed of medium-sized dogs known for its people-oriented nature. Depending on its coat type, the Kromfohrlander can be distinguished into two varieties – the smooth-haired called Glatthaar and the wire-haired, known as the Rauhaar. It comes with a slightly roundish head, medium-sized nose, oval-shaped eyes, high set, semi-drop ears, strong neck rising obliquely, strong, straight back, moderately deep chest, straight, vertical legs, and medium-length tail that is usually not docked.
|Coat||Smooth: Thick, close-lying, without a beard, good plume on the tail, soft undercoat|
Rough: Thick, harsh, with a beard, short, soft undercoat
|Color||White, light brown, dark brown, tan markings in large patches, symmetrical mask with a white blaze|
|Temperament||Spirited, obedient, adaptable, good-natured|
|Litter Size||7-9 puppies|
|Good with Children||Yes|
|Country Originated in||Germany|
|Competitive Registration/ Qualification Information||AKC/FSS, FCI, UKC|
Video: Kromfohrlander Puppies Playing
The Kromfohrlander, one of the recently bred German breeds, was developed from a military dog named ‘Original Peter’ in the 1940s. American soldiers found it in France during the Second World War when Peter was brought to Germany but was lost. It was found by Ilse Schleifenbaum, who bred it with a Wire-haired Fox Terrier and a Grand Griffon Vendeen for 10 years to create the first Kromfohrlander.
The smooth variety was brought to America by Eugene Cummings in 1997, and Simon Horobin introduced the wirehaired type in 2000. It was first acknowledged by the FCI in 1955 while AKC’s Foundation Stock Service included it in 2012.
Temperament and Behavior
The Kromfohrlander is a loving and docile family pet that always stays close to its people. It can adapt to any situations and live peacefully in apartments provided it gets constant mental and physical stimulations.
Despite its Terrier ancestry, it does not have a hunting instinct nor does it display signs of aggressiveness and timidity. Although the Kromfohrlander remains suspicious of strangers initially, it will greet them once it gets familiar.
Being fun-loving and friendly by nature, it can coexist peacefully with other dogs and makes for a great playing companion for kids.
The Kromfohrlander, being an energetic breed, needs regular activity including brisk walks on a leash. An active session of play and run in a fenced yard will also satisfy its exercise requirements.
Frequently brushing its coat using a bristle brush will help remove loose hairs and reduce shedding. Bathing is only needed when it smells bad. Basic care like trimming its nails in every two weeks or so and regularly brushing its teeth using vet-approved toothpaste is recommended.
It may be affected by some health issues including epilepsy, hyperkeratosis (corny feet), patellar luxation (dislocation of the knee), and cystinuria (high concentration of amino acids in urine).
Being an intelligent and loyal breed, it responds well to firm and consistent training methods.
Since your Kromfohrlander may initially be hesitant around children, you should help your pup learn to enjoy and remain relaxed when meeting kids. Do not wear it out or forcibly introduce it to kids who do not know how to handle puppies gently. Introduce one kid at a time to your dog and if it responds timidly, choose some gentle kids who can just sit and let it become acquainted with them in its space. Praise it for a tasty treat when it checks a child out.
Walking on leash
Let your Kromfohrlander become accustomed to wearing a leash by letting the pup wear it for short periods in the house while you are playing with it and offering treats. Teach the puppy a sound cue so that when you make the sound, your pet will look at you. Use food rewards to make it come to you, wearing its leash and collar. Practice this method inside the house until it comes to you, stands beside you, and then walks with you. Finally, take it outside so that it can get used to new sights, sounds, and smells.
As a medium-sized breed, it should be offered a quality commercial food formulated for dogs that are moderately energetic.