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These lively, loving dogs are excellent as companions, agility or obedience dogs and doing search & rescue. Currently there are NO breeders in North America.
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He was thought to have been a mix that likely included Grande Griffon Vendeen and Fox Terrier.
During WW2, USA President Franklin Roosevelt brought his dogs (an Irish Setter and a Scottish Terrier) with him everywhere he went (considered an unnecessary expense by his detractors).
We are glad he did! Soldiers interpreted this as a 'green light' to adopt their own therapy animals at camp and in the field.
Stray dogs, cats, chickens, goats, donkeys, snakes and monkeys were adopted by soldiers all over the world to comfort them during the stress of war. Peter served as one of these valuable 'Morale Builder, First Classs' mascots during the liberation of France.
Most military mascots were dogs and cats (or their puppies/kittens) that had been abandoned by local civilians, who could barely afford to feed themselves during the war. In rural areas, terriers, hounds and herding type dogs were most common , breeds that are adaptable, tough and able to fend for themselves. Peter was the likely product of those dogs.
Peter's journeys with his troop brought him across the border into Germany at war's end. Nobody knows why or how Peter left his 'boys' but it is likely that he'd had enough of military service and he went AWOL ('away without leave,' in military lingo).
Back to being a stray, Peter was found by local German men who were about to kill him but he was lucky to be was rescued by Ilsa Shleifenbaum, wife of a lawyer in Seigen, Germany in the state of Hesse.
Many recognized dog breeds had been decimated by wartime abandonment and faced extinction. Some were saved with the hard work of dedicated breeders using the few breed representatives that were left.
A country-wide reconstruction began in a Germany with a new attitude and direction and a pride in its culture as it began to earn back the free world's trust.
When Peter bred with a local black & white fox terrier named 'Fifi' the puppies, 'Shaggy' and 'Witch,' were identical in type, size, coat and pattern and looked and acted like their father. Ilse was inspired to develop a companion-only breed from these remarkable puppies.
Germany would be proud to claim this nice, sweet, loyal companion dog as its own.
She was committed to creating a quality companion breed of consistency, long life, good health and fine temperament and worked diligently for this goal for many years with similar dogs.
She named the breed for the local landscape ‘krom fohr’ ('crooked furrow'), which she thought was a catchy name!
The international federation of dog breed clubs, Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI), rewarded her hard work with full approval of the breed in August 1955.
The breed's name is spelled Kromfohrlander in English speaking countries, Kromfohrländer (or Kromfohrlaender) in German speaking countries (where the plural is called Kromfohrländern).
It is pronounced "krome-fore-lahn-dair."
It is still very rare, even in its home country.