German Spitz Miniature

Other names: Klein spitz

Origin: Germany

Appearance

German Spitz comes from northern herding dogs, Samoyeds. In the Middle Ages, the Vikings brought them to Germany and Holland. Then this breed spread throughout the European territory, there were crosses with other breeds. In 1700, the Spitz became very popular in England. Queen Victoria acquired several Spitz from Pomerania and brought them to England, where they were given the name Pomeranians. The Germans at that time did not agree with this name and the Pomeranians of that time were more reminiscent of today's average Spitz. Until 1994, the breed of German Spitz was on the list of rare breeds.

Breed description

German Spitz Miniature is a short, long-haired dog with a characteristic head shape and tail lying on its back.

Coat colors

German Spitz has a wide range of colors, from black to white, cream, brown, red, golden, and bluish tint. And all these shades can be present on a white, black, and orange background.

Life span

14-18 years

An average litter 

An average litter consists of about 2 to 3 puppies.

Weight and height

The height of the German Small Spitz is 23-29 cm, weighing 5-8 kg. Males are usually larger than females.

Diseases

German Spitz has excellent and good health. Like all small breeds, knee joint problems can occur.

Feeding

The German Spitz has no digestive problems, and he eats any dog ​​food. It is not advisable to feed a high protein diet, as protein stimulates hyperreactivity.

Character

The German Spitz is constantly in attention, lively, and unusually attached to its owner. He is very helpful and easy to learn. His distrust of outsiders and his lack of hunting instinct make him an ideal guardian of the house and yard. He is not fearful and not aggressive.

Intelligence

The German Spitz is a very intelligent dog, but sometimes it can show obstinacy of his character, very dexterous and obedient in agility and obedience competitions.

Activity

Very active

Tendency to bark

High

Walks

40-60 minutes - The German Spitz does not need long walks, but he loves walking and will not miss the opportunity to run. Spitz will be especially pleased if it is possible to stay in the yard all day.

Compatible with children

Very compatible

Stress level during being alone

Low

Level of aggression

Low

Compatible with other animals

Very compatible

Hair care

Spitz needs to be combed once a week, thus the wool will always be clean and prevents the wool from rolling into tangles, it should be combed against the wool. Particular attention should be paid to the places behind the ears and under the paws; Spitz can not be cut, as the hair grows thicker, and it will become very difficult to care for the hair. You can trim the tips of too long hair to give a general shape, on the legs, between the fingers, and under the tail. In males, molting occurs once a year, in females twice a year.

General impression

Spitz bribes with its beautiful, standing (due to the rich undercoat) coat. The luxurious collar around the neck and the very fluffy tail, which the Spitz fervently carries on its back, is particularly impressive. A fox-like head with brisk eyes, sharp, small, closely placed erect ears give the Spitz a characteristic perky look.

Breed classification

German Spitz is a companion dog.