The German Spitz is a small breed signifying a compact and well knit appearance and an almost square profile. It features a broad and flat skull that tapers to a wedge shape to the nose, which in itself can have different colours depending on the colour of the coat. This breed has a short muzzle that is approximately half the length of the head covered by smooth short hair. The oval-shaped and slanting eyes are dark in colour also depending on the coat. A set of small triangular ears which are highly set above the head are carried erect and covered with soft short hair. The upper teeth narrowly overlap the lower teeth and set square to the jaws. The medium large head is carried by a moderately short neck while the whole body is supported by well-boned straight front legs and well-muscled thighs on the hind legs. All four legs are supported in turn by small and round, cat-like feet with well arched toes. The tail is highly set which is curled right up from the root covered with abundant long-spreading hair and lies curled over the back. The double coat of the German Spitz is made of a soft, woolly undercoat with long, harsh and straight outer coat. Coating is abundant around the neck and forequarters with a frill of abundant off-standing straight hair that extends over the shoulders giving a lion-like appearance. The front legs are well feathered from the elbows to the pasterns as well as the back legs from the hocks up. The German Spitz comes in a wide variety of colours, including Wolf sable, blue, cream, brown, orange, black, white, particolours of black/brown and white, and also black and tan bicolours, though gold and black dogs tend to predominate. A German Spitz Klein has an ideal height of 23 - 29 cm at withers and weighs between 5 - 8 kg.
All dog breeds have different levels of intellect. Some dog breeds; working dogs in particular, are very independent thinkers and have been evolved to be very intelligent. Typically, a highly intelligent dog does well in obedience training and other activities. A highly intelligent dog can be very demanding and do require lots of physical and mental stimulation. If you’re looking for a relatively laid-back dog, that doesn’t require lots of mental and physical stimulation, then you must fully understand the level of intelligence of your dog breed of choice.
Before committing to a certain dog breed, you must fully understand their intellect levels and their specific levels of energy. To keep your dog well-balanced and happy, their needs must be met and maintained.
All dog breeds have different needs when it comes to the level of exercise they require. For the high energy dogs; which are your typical working dogs, they have a lot of energy and require lots of daily exercise along with plenty of mental stimulation. A highly energetic dog breed would suit an individual or family that is equally as active and loves the outdoors. There are also breeds that have relatively low exercise needs, such as toy dog breeds. Although they require daily exercise and mental stimulation, they’re just as happy chilling at home with their loved ones. This type of dog breed would suit an individual or family that prefers the peace and quiet and relaxation.
Before deciding on your chosen dog breed, Mypetzilla recommends that you research the exercise needs and whether you’re well equipped before committing to buying or adopting a particular dog breed.
There are several dog breeds that are known and potentially predisposed to developing health related conditions. Sensible breeding can help prevent the onset of health related conditions and this should always be taken into condition when researching your dog breed of choice. Before committing to a dog, you should speak to the breeder about any health related conditions that may affect the dog you’re looking to buy or adopt. You can also request to see any test results from genetic testing.
There are many dog breeds that tolerate children really well and are not affected by the constant noise and need for play-time. However, there are some dog breeds that don’t do very well with children and can become frustrated and snappy. That being said, all children should be shown how to handle and care for a dog in their home and should always be supervised when playing. As much as a dog can become annoyed and snappy with a younger child, the child can also become less tolerant and misbehaved towards the dog.
Mypetzilla recommends that you always supervise play-time between your children and dog. Children need to respect the boundaries and feeding time for the dog and likewise for the child. We also strongly advise that play-time doesn’t get out of control and too rough which can cause injury to both child and dog.
There are lots of dog breeds that are well suited to living in an apartment. It’s worthwhile noting that you need to check that you’re allowed dogs in your building before committing to bringing one home. If you do decide to own a dog and are living in an apartment, then you must make sure that they have plenty of room to roam around and frequent walks outside to prevent them from becoming bored and depressed.
Mypetzilla recommends that you check as to whether you’re allowed dogs in your apartment building and to fully ensure your apartment is dog proof before committing fully to bringing a dog home.
All dog breeds shed to some extent, some more than others. With this, all potential dog owners should be aware of this, as it will be a matter of putting up with some hair or lots of hair being left around the house. Depending on the dog breed, there are certain times during the year where some dog breeds shed the most and this is typically around spring and autumn. However, there are some dog breeds that shed all year round.
If you’re very house-proud, they you may want to choose a dog breed that sheds very little. Mypetzilla strongly recommends that you fully research your dog breed of choice and their shedding levels before committing.
All dog breeds require different levels of grooming. Some dog breeds are easier to maintain than others and only require a weekly brush to help keep their coat in good condition. There are some dog breeds that require regular trips to the grooming parlour and this can come at a huge cost. Either way, all dog breeds require their coat and nails to be maintained and cared for.
Mypetzilla strongly advices that potential owners research the grooming needs and associated costs with their desired dog breed before fully committing.
Barking is a necessity for your dog to communicate. However, it can also be a nuisance to yourself and fellow neighbours if it’s not kept under control. If you live in an apartment, then you’re better off choosing a dog breed that doesn’t bark as much. If you live further out and far from civilisation, then it’s worthwhile looking into a dog breed that does bark and will bark to alert you of any other company on your property.
Mypetzilla advices that you research the behaviours of your dog breed of choice and whether this would work for you and your family. It’s worth noting that dogs can be trained to bark less and this will take a lot of effort and training from the owner.
Majority dog breeds form very close relationships with their owners and as a result can become very stressed when left alone for a period of time. If a dog is suffering with separation anxiety then they’re very likely to become destructive around the home as a way of dealing with their anxieties. Dog breeds that do form strong bonds with their owners are better accustomed to a household where one member of the family remains home, whilst the others are out, this is to help avoid further anxieties and destructive behaviours.
Mypetzilla recommends that all potential owners research their dog breed of choice on their bonding abilities and how well-adjusted they are to being left alone at home. It’s also worth noting that you should never leave your dog for longer than 4 hours alone at home.
There are certain dogs breeds that have very high intellect and therefore easier to train than other dog breeds. There is also a downside to this; as fast as they learn the new trick or command, they can easily pick up bad habits just as quick. Other dog breeds that don’t rank as high on the intellect scale require patience and plenty of reward treats from their owners during training.
Before committing to a certain dog breed, Mypetzilla advices you to fully research your dog breed of choice and their level of training needs.
All dog breeds have different energy levels. The working dog breed has one of the highest energy levels in comparison to the low-energy dog’s breeds such as the Toy dog breed group. To keep a dog truly happy, healthy and well-balanced, their energy levels must be met.
High-energy dog breeds need lots of exercise and mental stimulation. High energy dog breeds would suit an active family or person. Dog breeds that are considered as low-energy, love to spend the majority of their time relaxing and sleeping in their favourite, comfy spot. A low-energy dog breed would suit an individual that equally loves the quiet life and relaxing lifestyle. Of course, low-energy dogs still need their daily walks and mental stimulation, just not as much as a high-energy dog breed.
Mypetzilla recommends that potential owner research fully on the type of dog breed that would suit their existing lifestyle and to also take into consideration the dog breeds energy levels and exercise requirements.
Before you decide on what dog breed would be suitable for you and your family, you must consider whether they’re a friendly dog breed and if you already have other pets within the household. For homes that already have dogs and other domestic pets, then it’s wise to choose a dog breed that has a friendly personality and temperament.
There are some dog breeds that mix well with other dog breeds and there are others that don’t suit one another and this could potentially cause issues later on down the line.
Another important point to consider is whether the dog breed of choice is friendly towards people and children.
Mypetzilla recommends to research fully on the right dog breed for your family and to also consider their temperament and characteristics.
The ancestors of the German Spitz breed are likely Nordic herd dogs characterized by a heavy coating such as the Samoyed and the Lapphund which were most probably brought over to Germany during the Middle Ages by the Vikings which makes the spitzes one of the most ancient breeds of dog. In fact, literary references of this breed dates back to 1450, describing a dog similar to the German Spitz. From Germany, they were then spread all over Europe and were eventually crossed with other shepherd dogs.
Prior to 1871, Germany was divided into small kingdoms and territories. This led to the development of spitzes with different sizes and coat colours, although they all shared the unique title "Mistbeller" which translates to "Dung-hill Barker" because of their tendency to stand on dung-hills and bark, traits that still remain today. The German Spitz breed was originally developed as a herding and guard dog, but modern setting has transformed this agile breed into a wonderful companion dog although it is still considered quite a rare breed.
In general, all varieties of the German Spitz make very good watchdogs because this breed is very alert and always watchful over its family and property, traits handed down from generations of breeding this natural herding and guarding dog. It tends to be wary of unfamiliar faces and may bark a lot at people and other animals. This breed is an excellent jumper and has a distinct ability to stand on its back legs when looking for attention or when showing off.
Obedience training is required typically at an early stage in the life of the German Spitz because this breed is not easy to obedience-train once it gets older. This dog must understand that the owner is the boss.
The profuse coating however, requires quite a lot of attention. Regular brushing is required to prevent the coat from matting, although some Spitz's many get irritated when being groomed, and must be taught early on to stay still during the session.
The German Spitz Klein is generally a healthy breed having a lifespan of 12 to 15 years with few inherent health problems, although it can be prone to patellar luxation because of its small size especially if it is overweight.
A German Spitz is well suited for an apartment life. It is quite active indoors but it will also prefer a home with a small indoors. They have very low exercise requirements and will be content snoozing all day around the house, but they can also gladly accompany their owners on long walks or jogs.
It loves human companionship, always needing attention but it can have a tendency to be stubborn and willful. Although as protective as it is, the German Spitz is not recommended for families with young children due to the fact that it tends to be nervous and snappish at times. Having a nervous and snappish attitude means that this breed is generally suited to a home with older, more considerate children.