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Kromi Breed Description

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Breed Organization

Kromfohrlander Club of America

Native Country

Other Names
Lander, Kromfohrlander

Life Expectancy
Approximately 16 Years

Litter Size
No Information Available

Breed Group

General Description

The KromfohrKromfohrlander comes in 2 coat variations: wirehaired (Rauhaar) and smooth haired (Glatthaar). The distinction is the presence of a beard on the wirehaired variety and a rather long coat on the smooth haired variety. Therefore the wirehaired resembles a terrier, while the smooth haired looks rather like a toy spaniel. The color is brown/tan/buff markings on a white background with a blaze on the face.

Breed Standard

Head: Long, wedge-shaped. Flat skull. Well-pronounced stop. Straight nosebridge. Muzzle fairly rounded near the nose.
Ears: Set on high, triangular with rounded tips, flat, carried flat against the head.
Eyes: Medium-sized, oval, slightly slanting. Dark, ranging to dark brown.
Body: Very slightly elongated. Neck carried high, without dewlap. Moderately wide, deep chest. Slightly well-sprung ribs. Tuck-up. Powerful back. Moderately wide, very muscular, slightly sloping croup.
Tail: Medium in length, thick, carried loosely curved.
Hair: Two varieties: one with rough, wiry hair (more common variety) and one with long, stiff hair. In both varieties, hair is preferably medium in length.
Coat: White ground with light brown markings (various shades of tan).
Size: 38 to 46 cm. (15-18 in).
Weight: Approx. 15 kg. (33 lb).


The Kromfohrlander originated in Germany in the 1940s. It is the only dog breed descended from a military mascot dog. 'Original Peter' was found in France by American soldiers during World War 2. Peter came to Germany with his troop and was lost. He was discovered by Ilsa Schleifenbaum, who developed the breed using various dogs (most likely terrier and griffon type breeds) for 10 years. The KromfohrKromfohrlander was first recognized by FCI for showing in 1955. The KromfohrKromfohrlander was introduced to America in 1997 by Gene Cummings. The KromfohrKromfohrlander was admitted to American Kennel Club's Foundation Stock Service in 2012. The first KromfohrKromfohrlanders were exhibited in America in 2013.


The Kromfohrlander is a very lively, sensitive, athletic, good-natured, intelligent breed. They love to play and run, are very active and have comparatively little hunting instinct.

Kromfohrlanders are considered very friendly dogs and they rarely stray very far from their owner. They can adapt to many situations fairly well with proper socializing. They take to strangers and children rather hesitantly at first, but once they become familiar, remain friends for life. It retains its terrier heritage in relationships with other dogs and often has a sharp disposition or reactivity that leads to injurious fighting. It is not a dog for a beginner dog owner.

He can adapt to apartment life but needs lots of exercise. He must be brushed and combed twice a week.


Watchdog, Companion Dog.


Epilepsy, cystinuria (buildup of amino acids in the urine), keratosis ('corny feet' known in some terrier breeds) and patellar luxation (knee dislocation). It is a breed with very limited genetics and is very difficult to acquire. Currently, a breeding project, supervised by FCI, to expand Kromfohrlander genetics is being operated in Europe.

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