The Volpino Italiano originated from Italy, tracing back to 4000 B.C. These dogs have a great hearing ability, which makes them superb watch dogs. They are very alert to various situations, and they have a very distinctive bark. Owners should be very gentle with these dogs, and not aggressively force them to learn anything. They have a slow-mature rate, but they are intelligent. If these dogs are properly trained, they can be used as a gun dog. They do not mix well with strangers, but they love their owners, children and other pets.