The Kromfohrländer is one of the youngest German dog breeds. He is also quite unknown among dog lovers. He is suitable as a companion dog for single people. However, he also fits into families with children. However, they should not crowd him and leave him retreat possibilities. Seniors must be spry. Because he needs enough exercise and occupation.
The Kromfohrländer is a dog breed of German origin. It is recognized by the FCI. The breed is assigned to group 9 (social and companion dogs).
The appearance of the Kromfohrländer reminds of a terrier. Its color is white with light, red or dark brown markings. There are the two hair variants Rough hair and Smooth hair. Both types of hair have a short and soft undercoat. Rough-haired Kromfohrländer have a beard. In the rough coat, three lengths of hair can be distinguished: rough-short, rough-medium and rough-long.
The dog breed originated from the crossing of Fox Terrier and Grand Griffon Vendéen. It is a so-called Hybrid dog. This is a dog in which two dog breeds are deliberately mated with each other. This is to create a new breed of dog with positive characteristics. A big problem is the inbreeding. This has caused many diseases in the Kromfohrländer. The breeding association ProKromfohrländer e. V. tries to counteract this by crossing with the robust Dansk-Svensk-Gardhund.
The faithful and good-natured Kromi, as the Kromfohrländer is affectionately called, is very affectionate. He always seeks closeness to his human. The breed tends to "One man dog". However, with its good-natured and playful nature, it is also suitable for families with children. It is said that Kromfohrländer keep their cheerfulness and playfulness until old age.
The Kromfohrländer chooses a reference person in a family, that becomes most important for him. All other family members should be sufficiently engaged with him from the beginning. This way they can also build a close bond with the family dog. He then likes to go for walks with them and obey. And even without his favorite human, he will stay home with them.
The statements about the nature of the young dog breed are still partly contradictory. The typical character traits vary from Kromi to Kromi. On the one hand, it is said that he is sociable and gets along well with other dogs. On the other hand, he is also reserved towards conspecifics. Not every Kromi likes every other dog.
The Kromfohrländer is a spirited, playful and intelligent Dog. Therefore he needs much physical exercise and mental occupation. He learns quickly and can be taught many commands in a short time. Walks are no problem. Because he has no pronounced hunting instinct. This is amazing given his hunting-ambitious ancestors.
However, he is said to have sometimes tends to stubbornness. And he tests his limits. That is why he needs consistent training at an early age. Kromfohrländer are always alert and good watchdogs. Towards strangers they behave extremely reserved, even towards strange children. A Kromi does not like to be touched by strangers.
The right food
Opinions differ on the subject of nutrition. There is much discussion about different feeding methods. Studies have shown that dry and ready-made food contains many "unattractive" ingredients. Ingredients have been found that you absolutely do not want for your darling.
When feeding your Kromi, it is best to avoid dry and ready-made food. Give him fresh, homemade food consisting of fresh meat, vegetables and cereals. You add pureed vegetables and flakes to the meat. The basic rule is 60 percent meat, 30 percent vegetables, 10 percent grains and some oil.
Per day, your Kromi should get 3 to 6 percent of its body weight in food. There are suppliers of good frozen meat, which even deliver the meat for your dog to your home. The described basic recipe should be adapted individually to your four-legged friend and his metabolism.
In any case, you must take into account the age of your dog when feeding. Puppies are fed quite differently than adult dogs. Seniors, in turn, need a different diet. You can get advice on feeding from your breeder and your veterinarian.
Many Kromfohrlanders are fussy about food. This is a common feeding problem with this breed of dog. Also, these dogs tend not to drink enough. For this reason alone, dry food is not recommended for your Kromi. Because then he would absorb even less liquid.
The Kromfohrländer is on the whole easy to care for. Unlike other dogs, it does not give off an unpleasant "dog smell" or inherent odor.
The coat of the smooth haired cromis is easy to care for, you only need to brush him from time to time. During the coat change, when he is shedding a lot, you should do it more often. Smooth dogs change their coat twice a year.
A Rough haired dog is more high maintenance, him you must trim. If you have never done this before, let the breeder or the dog club show you. In rough-coated dogs there is no coat change, the hair does not fall out by itself. Every eight months the rough coat has reached its final length and must be trimmed.
If you don't trim your dog, his coat will become tousled and matted. He will no longer feel comfortable in his skin and will be plagued by itching. When trimming, you simply pluck out dead top coat by hand. This allows the new hair to grow back more easily. The plucking does not hurt. It is best to get your dog used to trimming from an early age.
You should only bathe your Kromi in rare exceptional cases, z. For example, when his coat is full of mud or he has rolled in stinky dirt. In itself, his coat is self-cleaning, i.e. dirt falls out of the dog's coat by itself.
You can also simply brush dirt out of the dog's fur. claws and ears are required by the Kromfohrländer of the usual dog care. The vet can show you that. And you should check your dog regularly for parasites like fleas and ticks.
The Kromfohrländer needs no special dog accessories. You just need to acquire what every dog needs: collar, leash, Bowls and Dog basket. An alternative to the collar is a Dog harness. toy should be fit for dogs and not endanger the health of your dog.
Also, depending on its hair type and length, your Kromi needs the suitable brush or comb. For trimming your hands are enough. Also, the coat should only be plucked and never clipped. Provide your Kromi still with their own towels, blankets, treats and chewing items.
Origin & History
Around the origin of the Kromfohrländers many stories entwine. Fiction and truth are close together. The history of the Kromis began in 1945 in North Rhine-Westphalia near Siegen. An animal-loving woman named Ilse Schleifenbaum took in a stray male dog. She gave the stray the name Peter.
Peter was probably a French Griffon Vendéen. He is said to have escaped from American soldiers moving through Germany in the post-war turmoil. Ilse Schleifenbaum owned a German fox terrier bitch. The bitch was called Fiffi. Elsewhere it says that Fiffi was not her own, but a neighbor's dog.
In any case, a love affair developed between Peter and Fiffi. This love affair resulted in a litter of very well-bred and uniform puppies. Mrs. Schleifenbaum was so taken with the dogs that she deliberately bred a next litter.
The dog-experienced woman recognized a special feature in the mixed breeds. She wanted to breed a new breed of dog. The dogs should be of medium size, faithful, docile and easy to care for. Only such dogs had a chance of survival in the difficult post-war period in Germany.
From 1946, Foxterriers and Grand Griffon Vendéen were selectively crossed. With the offspring was further bred in the following years. From Peter and Fiffi's children and children's children the breed of Kromfohrländer was born. In 1955 it was officially recognized as a new German dog breed.
The name Kromfohrländer goes back to the small community of Krom Fohr. The first breeder lived there in 1945 with the dogs Peter, Fiffi and their offspring. "Krom Fohr" means "crooked furrow".