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    Brief Description 

    Medium size. There are two separate varieties, distinguished by coat type: Rough coat and Smooth coat. Adaptable, docile and highspirited companion and house-dog, somewhat reserved about strangers, with a moderate hunting instinct. Aggressiveness and timidity not desired.


    Links to Breed Descriptions 

    See: The German Kennel Club (VDH) for information and video (if available).
    (Hint: your browser should be able to Translate to English, at least for text (e.g., right click in Google Chrome or Internet Explorer).)

    Video for this breed (if available) and other breed videos are available in full length here:

    Other Names for Breed 



    Country of Origin and Parent Breed Club 

    Country of origin: Germany

    Health and Well-Being 

    Some sources of health information include:

    1. National kennel clubs and breed clubs (see, e.g. Breeding/Health Strategy Documents, below)
    2. Population-level statistics (see, e.g., Swedish Insurance Data, below)
    3. Research articles
    4. Breed club surveys

    Breed-Specific Articles 


    Breed Standards 

    192g09.jpgThere are numerous breed standards.

    The basis of breed/conformation shows is the judging of pedigree dogs against the 'Breed Standard', which is a picture in words that describes the range of features that are deemed appropriate for the breed.

    Two of the major international standards are:

    The American Kennel Club (F.C.I.'s Standard applies - FSS breed)

    FCI (Federation Cynologique Internationale)





    Breed-Specific Statistics 

    1. Swedish Insurance Data

    • Breed-specific information on rates of disease and death from Agria Pet Insurance (Agria Djurförsäkring) is available for many breeds.
      Kromfohrländer:   2011-2016


    2. Finnish Kennel Club database

    Breeding/Health Strategy Documents 

    Health/Breeding Strategy Documents and Links:



    Sweden: Breed-specific Breeding Strategies: (in Swedish) and/ or English summaryjtocover.png



    Finland: Jalostuksen tavoiteohjelma 2020-2024 Kromfohrländer


    HFH-A - Hereditary Footpad Hyperkeratosis - Kromfohrländer -

    • See Disease and Test information at Antagene.






    Breed-Specific DNA Tests:

    Other Breed-Specific Webpages 


    text and illustrations by RIA HÖRTER


    Breed-Specific Research 



    Breed Clubs 

    We are listing sites for breed clubs with health or other information that might be helpful. Follow links below.


    Germany: VDH: Rassezuchtverein der Kromfohrländer e.V.:
    Finland: Suomen kromfohrländer ry -
    Switzerland: Schweizer Kromfohrländer-Club:
    Sweden: SKK: Rasklubben Svenska Kromfohrländerklubben:

    US: AKC: [FFS - Foundation Stock Service. 


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