Your Rescue is not a Kromfohrlander (no matter what)
Over the years, I have gotten countless emails from people insisting that they have a Kromfohrlander simply because their lovely shelter dog looks like one. I do not intend to insult or disparage anyone's beloved dog. I just want to explain to you why this is 100% impossible.
Your cute, scruffy rescue dog is not a Kromfohrlander, no matter what. It takes more than just a 'look' to make a Kromfohrlander.
First of all, the Kromi is an incredibly uncommon breed. There are not enough of them in North America, and there never has been at any one time, to have any that are unknown to me end up in a shelter or rescue.
I am really good at tracking down each and every Kromfohrlander that is on this continent- there really are that few of them. Sometimes it seems like most of them live in my house! 🐶🐶🐶🐶🐶🐶🐶🐶
It has been an important mission of mine, as the breed club President, to track each and every one of these dogs that has ever come to the USA (since the first one in 1998) and it has required a ton of my own exhaustive research.
I am in close contact with all breeders (there are not many) and many Kromfohrlander club officers in Europe they are quite aware of how imperative it is to notify us if they are considering sending one to North America so that it can be counted with AKC's Foundation Stock Service.
The waiting list for all breeders overseas is very long and puppies are sold long before they are born. Also, breeders really do not want to send their precious babes so far away, especially to a person not associated with our organized club.
In 1990 I founded a breed specific dog rescue group and spent a lot of time in shelters for the next 14 years. Even before that, I worked for years at a very high volume humane society in my town. I speak from experience- there have always been lots and lots of dogs that are
Kromforhlander-esque lookalikes in rescue and at animal shelters!
The piebald color and wire coat is very common (see photos below). Research has theorized that piebald offers some heat protection to vital organs, as spots tend to be warmer than white coat. PIEBALD COLOR IN DOGS
They do not, however, have the same temperament. The Kromfohrlander has an incredibly unique demeanor- they are sensitive, non-aggressive, non-hunting, loyal and devoted with a special smile and an intense desire to be near their humans, even favoring their people over their dog pals.
The particular combination of this amazing temperament coupled with the common piebald color/coat traits required has been baffling to those that wish to expand the tragically shallow gene pool overseas.
So why are there lots of dogs that look like the Kromi in shelters and in rescue?
Interestingly, one of the most common results of generations of interbred canine phenotypes is a medium sized, scruffy dog with tan coloration (with prick or folded ears). Many 'designer' mutt combinations also sport a Kromfohrlander-ish appearance. It really does happen a lot (see photos below or just cruise through Petfinder.com under 'wirehaired terrier' or any number of designer dog breeder sites). Our breed's founder, Ilse Schleifenbaum thought to confine her gene pool to just a few dogs and concentrate on this look and temperament. It took her 10 years to get the breed recognized in Germany.
They are not just a big Parson/Jack Russell Terrier!
Every single imported Kromfohrlander is microchipped by international import law AND registered with its home country's registry. This registration would have a 3 generation purebred pedigree of 100% Kromfohrlanders also registered in that foreign registry.
Your vet (or the shelter you got it from) would have discovered this already because foreign microchips are standard and readable in recent years. Imported dogs are incredibly easy to track with the technology available in the past 20 years.
It has required great effort and expense to obtain any Kromfohrlanders in Europe and bring them to North America. There are very few actual Kromforhlanders outside of Europe (click 'NORTH AMERICA,' above), plus:
ALL of them have been accounted for and reported to me from their breeders overseas.
NONE of them are in second hand homes or at puppy mill breeders.
NONE of them have been put in shelters.
NONE of them have been allowed to breed indiscriminately.
VERY FEW of them are even old enough at this point to have puppies and every one of those puppies are well accounted for.
Most of all...
The Kromfohrlander does not do well at accepting new owners.
Therefore, every single dog that looks like a Kromfohrlander in any rescue or in any shelter or anywhere in North America is NOT A KROMI unless it is listed on the 'NORTH AMERICA' page above. That page is actually ALL of the Kromfohrlanders that actually have ever, ever, ever existed in North America.
See the gallery below of lucky Kromi-lookalikes!
Founder/President, Kromfohrlander Club of America