- Personality: Devoted, lively, attentive
- Energy Level: Regular exercise
- Good with Children: Better with supervision
- Good with Other Dogs: With supervision
- Shedding: Seasonal
- Grooming: 2-3 times a week brushing
- Trainability: Eager to please
- Height: 12-15 inches
- Weight: 24-26 pounds
- Life Expectancy: 13-15 years
- Barking Level: Likes to be vocal
About The Breed
Spitz breeds such as those of the German Spitz are attractive due to their stunning coats, which are made to stand out by the abundance of their undercoat. Particularly striking is his powerful mane-like collar that is affixed around his neck, which is known as a ruff, and his hairy tail that he carries across his back. His curly head, sharp eyes, and tiny, sharply-set ears provide his German Spitz his unique, sly look. The coat is available in a variety of shades such as black, white gold, cream black, and tan, sable along with chocolate brown. Although easily trained the lively and intelligent breed also has an individualistic streak. In a well-trained (so that it is not too loud) and socialized properly and socialized, the German Spitz is sure to be content socializing with other dogs and dogs.
Certain instances that are PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy), RD (Retinal Dysplasia) along Patella Luxation have been seen in the German Spitz however, the majority of these breeds are healthy. The puppies should be purchased from responsible breeders who have the breeding stock they have. By working with a reliable breeder, prospective owners are able to get the information they require to be aware of particular health issues within the breed.
The German Spitz is covered in a thick double coat that sheds twice a year. In those instances, the entire undercoat gets shed in between 2 and three weeks. Every day, you will need to brush to take off the old coat. His hair will eventually be everywhere on your furniture, clothes, and floors. The good news is that the shed is minimal throughout the remainder season. A quick brush every few weeks and thorough grooming at least once every week is enough to stop knots and mats from developing. The hair of a man should not be completely cut off since you’ll be removing the insulation qualities of the coat. It is also not necessary to bathe very often. The mud can be removed from his coat if he is let it dry first.
Highly smart Highly intelligent, the German Spitz can learn quickly and loves to be pampered using motivating methods. He is not a good responder to being told to do something, however. One behavior you might need to control by training is his normal response to barking at anything novel or unique. As a watchdog, he’s quite vocal, but it shouldn’t be allowed to cause an issue. Your neighbors won’t be happy with you for it. If properly trained this breed can be a winner in mini agility heelwork, music and even obedience.
You’ll want to feed your German Spitz an ingredient that is suited to his particular digestive requirements through the different stages in his existence. A lot of dog food manufacturers have specific formulas designed for breeds like medium, small, and large breeds. For example, the German Spitz is a small breed. The food the dog eats is a personal preference, however consulting with your vet or breeder will be the best way to decide on the frequency of your meals as a puppy, and the most appropriate adult diet to improve the longevity of your dog. Fresh, clean water must be readily available throughout the day.