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Is the German Spitz Klein right for you?

Species group:

Other name(s): Kleinspitz; Spitz Klein; Miniature Spitz

The basics:
The Kleinspitz is a type of German Spitz. In European countries under the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI) rules, the German Spitz family consists of five breeds: the Pomeranian; the Klein Spitz (Small Spitz); the Mittel Spitz (Standard Spitz); the Grosse Spitz (Giant Spitz); and the Keeshond (Wolf Spitz). The American Kennel Club (AKC) lists the “German Spitz” in the Foundation Stock Service (FSS).

The German Spitz is an ancient type of dog which is believed to have descended from Nordic herding dogs, such as the Samoyed and Lapphund, which were brought to Germany by Vikings sometime in the Middle Ages. The Spitz is mentioned in German literature as early as the fourteenth century.

Appearance / health:
The German Spitz is a compact, abundantly coated dog with a fox-like small head and a square body. The size of the breed varies widely. The breed comes in small, medium, or large sizes. In general, the head is small with a wedge-shaped muzzle that is not too long. The ears are triangular, small, set high, and always standing erect. The eyes are oval, medium-sized, obliquely set, and dark. The neck is of moderate length and always covered with dense hair. The legs are slim, muscular, straight, and partially covered with profuse hair. The tail is set high, plumed, and normally curled over the back.
The German Spitz is a seasonal shedder and sheds little. The male sheds once and the female sheds twice in a year. The coat of the breed tends to develop matts. A regular brushing once every week helps to keep the coat clean and knot free.

Behavior / temperament:
The German Spitz makes a great watchdog, as they are suspicious of strangers, and are quick to sound a warning to its owner.
The breed is intelligent and has a quick learning rate. However, obedience training may be difficult, as the German Spitz can be willful at times. Firm and consistent training coupled with positive reinforcement brings out the best results.

wonderful

good buddies, gentleman

challenging

Loudly, bark, puppy mill, snippy

interesting

simple brushing

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