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German Spitz Puppies
Description: The German Spitz is actually a close relative to the Pomeranian, resembling them closely in size and appearance. Spitz come in a variety of ways, different in colors as well as sizes. There are three sizes of the German Spitz: giant, standard and toy. The giant actually isn't giant at all compared to other Mastiffs and Samoyeds that developed around the same areas. They are fluffy, highly-feathered dogs with perfectly proportioned bodies. They have a large coat that requires quite a bit of maintenance, but most are unable to resist their "smiling" faces. German Spitz are a confident breed, doing well in the show ring, as long as you can train them. They are not as obedient as other breeds, however, so training must begin early. They are affectionate and loving, demanding attention when they want it. Some say the German Spitz is like a child, anxious to please, yet pushing for their own way, and manipulating to get it. Some have been known to be aggressive towards strange dogs or strange people, making them good watch dogs. They are active, intelligent, alert and independent, yet still cannot resist the attention of their owner. Charming and adaptable, the German Spitz is the perfect companion for an owner with a lot of care.
Other Names: Deutscher Spitz Klein (small), Deutscher Mittel Spitz (standard), Deutscher Gross Spitz (giant)
Type: Spitz Non-Sporting
Spitz: 16 inches; Standard Spitz: 11.5 - 14 inches; Toy Spitz: 9 - 11 inches.
Spitz can be solid colors only, including black, white or brown. Standard Spitz
can be solid colors as well, being white, black, brown, orange or wolf gray.
Toy Spitz can be simply all solid colors. The Pomeranian (small) can be solids
in black, white, brown, wolf gray or orange, as well as parti-colors.
Spitz are confident, refined, and are happy to join you on a long walk. They
have been said to behave much like a child: anxious to please, yet still trying
to get what they want. Some are not happy around strangers or strange dogs,
and they are not easily trained. Some are yappy if not taught when barking is
ok. German Spitz are alert, watchful and affectionate to their owners. They
will enjoy exercising or cuddling by the fire. They have a hierarchy among the
breed, allowing the youngest adult to play with puppies when a litter is present.
They are happy and bouncy, always yearning for attention. They are active, intelligent
and devoted to their owners. They are often reluctant towards grooming.
Watch-dog: High. German
Spitz are alert and sensitive to their surroundings.
Care and Exercise:
German Spitz require quite a bit of grooming, or their coat can get matted.
They should receive vigorous daily brushing of the coat with a softer brush.
Most grooming brushes for dogs are too harsh for this breed. They rarely need
baths, and should not have a doggy odor. They should be exercised only moderately,
with a daily walk as a good exercise.
Health Issues: Dental problems, luxating patellas, patent ductus arteriosus (congenital heart defect), PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy), and tracheal collapse.
Life Span: Giant Spitz:
12 - 13 years; Standard Spitz: 13 - 15 years; Toy Spitz: 14 - 15 years.
Country of Origin:
First Registered by the AKC:
FSS (Foundation Stock Service - not yet eligible for the AKC)
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