Characteristics of German Spitz
|Country of origin||Germany|
|Age||12–16 years old|
|FCI breed group||Spitz and breeds of primitive type|
- The Small Spitz is one of the varieties of the German Spitz;
- Another name is Kleinspitz;
- These are energetic, tireless and cheerful animals.
The German Small Spitz is the closest relative of the Pomeranian . To be more precise, this is one breed, just dogs differ in size. The Pomeranian is the smallest representative of the German Spitz group, the Small Spitz is slightly larger.
The German Spitz is an ancient breed of dog, it is considered one of the oldest in Europe. Images of similar animals have been found on clay tablets and pottery that are approximately 2,500 years old.
The German Spitz was originally a working breed. It was convenient to keep small dogs as guards: they are sonorous, sensitive and eat a little, unlike larger relatives. But everything changed in the 18th century, when aristocrats paid attention to the breed. So Spitz quickly spread throughout Europe, came to Russia and even to America.
The breed standard was adopted at the end of the 19th century almost simultaneously in Germany and the United States. The German Small Spitz is a proud, courageous and very wayward dog. This is an energetic pet that often imagines itself to be a big and scary dog. With poor upbringing, this character trait will be pronounced. Therefore, work with representatives of the breed, in particular socialization , should begin early enough.
The German Spitz is an adorable companion dog. He cannot leave anyone indifferent. At one glance at this fluffy clockwork “battery”, the mood rises. Add to this a cheerful disposition and excellent mental abilities, and it immediately becomes clear: this dog will find a common language with everyone. The German Small Spitz is suitable for both the elderly and families with children.
Pets of this breed very quickly become attached to their owner. They do not tolerate a long separation, so such a dog is unlikely to find happiness with a person who spends most of his time at work.
German Small Spitz are known for their patience. The perky pet is ready to play with the child all day long. The main thing is not to offend the dog and not to hurt her.
The Small Spitz will not mind being close to other animals if the owner shows that the dog has no competitors.
German Spitz Care
Small Spitz requires daily care. Its soft fluffy coat is recommended to be combed with a massage brush, and cut once a month . The coat is evened out a little on the sides, and the hair on the paws and ears is also sheared. A puppy is taught to such procedures from an early age, and they become familiar to him.
Interestingly, representatives of the breed practically do not have a special “dog” smell. Bathe the dog as it gets dirty, not too often. Many breeders prefer dry shampoos.
Conditions of detention
The restless Small Spitz needs daily walks. Of course, with such a pet you won’t need to run cross-country every day, but it is simply necessary to keep the dog active, otherwise the lack of movement will affect its character.