Your Cute Rescue Dog is NOT a Kromfohrlander
Why have no real Kromfohrlanders ever ended up at shelters, in rescue or otherwise homeless or mixed with other dogs in America?
Every Kromi is easily traced to the first dog (Original Peter) via the breed’s database. On average there are only 150-200 born in the world each year.
The color and coat type of the Kromfohrlander is common in dogs that result from a few generations of random breedings. Why? It is one of Mother Nature’s favorite recipes!
Piebald coloration (tan/white) is a survival color pattern as the patches are typically on the surface of the body that covers vital organs and these act as solar panels to keep those areas warm and as less visible bodily areas to an enemy in a fight. A rough coat repels water, dirt and helps dogs isolate helpful odors that would help them scavenge for food during hardship.
Their harmless ‘smile’ and sneeze that charms us now is likely derived from defense mechanisms for submission or mild threat (‘there’s more behind this! Don’t mess with me!’).
Every Kromfohrlander born in the USA has a microchip, which proves its authenticity internationally. Most registries will not allow a dog to be registered without one.
The Kromfohrlander is one of the most rare breeds in the world and each one has been identified and microchipped since the 1990’s. All shelters have microchip readers. It would have swiftly been returned home.
Their size is helpful for fast getaways, going long distances if needed or climbing low branches or over/under objects to survive.
So why have none ended up in shelters along the way?
The first imported to America Kromis were a few smooth ones in Chicago and North Carolina (the owners were friends). This was primarily in the 1990’s and all of those dogs have (of course), by now, passed away. They bred 2 times and the owners kept the resulting 2 puppies in each litter. Those dogs never bred. Others came to America during that era with a few other isolated pet owners who never bred them.
NO Kromfohrlander has ever bred to another kind of dog in North America and NO Kromfohrlander has been in any sort of rescue situation because all puppies are returned to the breeder at any time in their lives if there is a problem. Every Kromi in North America is accounted for. It does not wander or run away and sticks near its owner. Breeders are adamant about getting dogs back. There are NO exceptions.
Their temperament is notoriously suspicious of changes in their environment, new things and new people. They do not readily take to new owners. They are emotionally sensitive dogs, much like a toy breed. This served them well for survival, also, as they were hyper-aware of changes around them.
The “reboot” of the breed here began in December 2012 with the import of 2 rough coated male brothers (Felix and Fletcher). Compatible females were imported in 2014. The first litter was born in July 2016 and since then each and every single Kromi that has been born here or come to America has been recorded and known through our group’s efforts and sharing of information. There aren’t that many, so it is pretty easy!
To be involved in this breed is an honor, a responsibility and a pleasure unlike any other breed. Kromi people go above and beyond to get along, despite differences.
A Kromfohrlander is more than a look. It is a total package.
All of the dogs shown here are lucky mutts, who sport a Kromi-like ('Fauxfohrlander') look and, possibly, some other traits.
They are not Kromfohrlanders.