We have a lot of options for any would-be German Spitz owner – five in fact. We vary in size from the Keeshond (largest) to the Pomeranian (smallest). I belong to something in between. We date back to about the early 1800s. The German Spitz was named the American Eskimo Dog in the US although we are now recognised there as the German Spitz.
What do I look like?
Whilst we look alike, we vary widely in colour. You can find a German Spitz in black, gold/cream or white. We all tend to have a wolf/fox-like head, double coat, highset triangular ears and a curly tail. Granted that sounds like something you wouldn’t want to bump into in a dark alley, but we’re really OK to know!
What do I need from you?
In a word – grooming! Have you seen my coat in the pictures above? Without some serious grooming action I’m going to have a bad hair day every day. We actually “blow” our coat twice a year – meaning the entire undercoat comes out over about two or three weeks. During that time we will need to be brushed daily to remove the old coat. In that time our hair will get on your clothes, furniture and carpets. Other than that we’re pretty low maintenance, requiring just normal walks and we don’t cause any real problems.
What I will give in return
We’re a cheerful and friendly breed of dog and make a great family companion. We’re great watch dogs which means you’re very unlikely to get burgled with us in the house. The downside is that we do like to bark and you may need to train us to reduce our barking – particularly if you have neighbours close by. We’re very good with children and other pets.
What's our health like?
Health wise we’re pretty good. Some German Spitz develop eye problems in the form of PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy) and RD (Retinal Dysplasia).
How big will I get?
This very much depends upon which variety you get. Smaller Spitz’s will reach around 10in-11in (26cm-29cm) and weigh about 20lb (9kg). The medium sized dog will grow to about 13.5in (34cm) on average and weight about 24lb (11kg).
How long should I be around for?
A German Spitz will typically live between 12 and 15 years.
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Disclaimer: the views expressed on this page and any comments below are only a guide to typical traits and views on the breed. Individual circumstance and traits will always vary so we can be in no way responsible for any of the information provided.