QUEEN VICTORIA - FANCIER OF THE VOLPINO ITALIANO
H.M. Queen Victoria is perhaps the most significant fancier of the Volpino.
Gena was known to weigh 7.5 lbs. The names of her original dogs and their progeny reflect Italian ancestry. (This is one reason why we we name our Volpino’s with Italian names— to keep their heritage and integrity.)
Beppo, Lenda, Nino, Gilda, Alfio, Mina, and Lula.
George Krehl, the editor of the Stock-Keepers, visited the Queen's kennel in 1891. This visit was featured in, "The Scotsman newspaper on December 26, 1891.
The Queen's pets are not Pomeranian's in the ordinary acceptance of the term, being rather Italian Spitz dogs".
The Volpino in Italy
As previously noted, the Volpino has ancient roots in Italy.
The Volpino Italiano was very popular as a lapdog for the upper classes.
While, the Volpino was also used by farmers and carters as a watch dog who's alert nature was quick to bark and would arouse the larger Cane Corso's and Mastiffs or alert their masters to potential danger.