The Kromfohrländer is one of the most recent German breeds and has been recognized internationally since 1955. Ilse Schleifenbaum who first bred it, lived near Siegen in southern Nordrhein-Westphalia near the district  "krom Fohr" (in modern German "crooked furrow"), hence the name "Kromfohrländer". The breed ows its lovable temperament and character to its ancestors, the wire-haired Fox Terrier and the Grand Griffon Vendeen.

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Nowadays, this medium-sized sweet, intelligent and very obedient companion dog is on the brink of extinction, and this is very unfortunate because the Kromfohrlander has many attractive traits. Besides being a good watchdog, he gets along with other dogs, likes children, and is very healthy. The tail is not docked.

The ideal height is 15-17 inches at shoulders. Rough coat: The coat is thick, of rough texture, with beard. The hair on the back and the fore-and hindquarters is harsher than on the sides. The undercoat is short and soft. Smooth coat: The coat is thick, of smooth texture, without beard, lying close to the body. The hair is longer on ears, lower side of neck and on the chest. The tail has a good plume. There is some feathering at rear side of forelegs and upper thighs. The undercoat is short and soft. The basic color is white with light brown, tan to very dark brown markings or saddle. With a brown undercoat the tips of hairs may be black. There are light brown, tan to very dark brown markings on cheeks, above eyes and on ears.


  1. FCI-Standard # 192/12.10.1998/GB
  2. Bruce Fogle. The New Encyclopedia of The Dog

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