The German Spitz!

The German Spitz, also known as the Keeshond or the Wolfspitz, comes in three different sizes: Giant, Standard and Toy. These furry and affectionate dogs with small feet and proportionally large eyes were said to have been introduced in Europe by the Vikings. The German Spitz is mentioned in German literature that has been dated back to 1450. It turns out that the Pomeranian is actually a Toy German Spitz. These small versions of the German Spitz were imported from Pomerania, Germany to England about a century ago and were subsequently called the Pomeranian. These miniature dogs were once a favorite of Queen Victoria and were also referred to as the Victorian Pom. The Poms, however, have developed their own breed standard since then. The Standard sized German Spitz, more known as the Keeshond, was named after Dutch leader W. Kees, who revolted against the House of Orange in the 17th Century.

Some Quick Facts:


Life Expectancy:
12-15 years

Energy Level:
Average.

Living Conditions:
Great apartment dog.

Barking:
Higher than average.

Exercise Needs:
Three twenty minute walks per week.

Breed Group:
Spitz

Size:
Giant: Medium-Small
Standard: Medium-Small
Toy: Small

Height:
Giant: 16-17 inches
Standard: 11-14 inches
Toy: 9-11 inches

Weight:
Giant: 37-42 pounds
Standard: 23-36 pounds
Toy: 18-22 pounds

Standard Hair Colors:
Cream, white, gold, blue, and gray or black.

National breed club:
The Keeshond Club of America

German Spitz Skills

The biggest and smallest German Spitz sizes have always been bred to act as companion dogs, while the Standard Spitz was bred to help out in farm work. Today, these German Spitzes, are being bred to be guard dogs and family pets.

German Spitz Personality

Whatever the size, the German Spitz is always happy, alert and watchful. The German Spitz is one that thrives on human affection and may actually be too demanding if the owner spoils it. This willful yet sometimes temperamental canine makes excellent watchdogs. They will bark at strangers and other strange dogs, often times in excess. Though this breed is good with children, they get too nervous around too many young children. They, however, make good companions for the elderly.

Exercise Needs

The German Spitz does not require a lot of exercise, what it needs is a lot of human affection. To the German Spitz, it doesn’t matter if you choose to bring him along on your 20 mile walk or just laze comfortably beside you while you read a book. He is happy as long as he is with you.

Living Conditions

Whatever the size, the German Spitz can survive in a house with limited space. They would, however, appreciate an occasional run outdoors, to stretch their legs.

Grooming Requirements

All three kinds of German Spitzes have a double coat that covers the entire body with the undercoat being soft and wooly, and a long, harshly textured top coat. Acceptable colors for German Spitzes are cream, white, gold, blue, and gray or black. Because of the harsh top coat, you should make extra effort to brush and clean the undercoat.

Health Issues

Aside from their tendency to yap incessantly, the only affliction the German Spitz is prone to having is slipped patellas (kneecaps).

If you liked this dog…

...you may also like similar breeds such as Lapphunds, Samoyeds, the Finnish Spitz, and the Norwegian Elkhound. If you want a smaller breed, you may like a Pomeranian.

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