|A Volpino is a member of the Spitz race of dogs. The Spitz group of dogs spread throughout Europe in ancient times and developed into separate breeds. While Volpino's are related to other modern Spitz dogs they do not descend from them, but rather from an common ancient ancestor. It is more than possible that the Volpino may be one of the progenitors of Modern Spitz dogs.
There are artifacts that indicate that the Volpino is an ancient breed over 1000 years old. They were a favorite pet of both royalty and commoners in Europe. Michelangelo had a Volpino as a favorite pet that often accompanied him. In times gone by, they were used as 'alarm' dogs to warn of approaching strangers, kept by cart vendors to attend the cart and keep thieves away and on farms to awaken the larger guard dogs when strangers or predators approached.