Deutscher Spitz FCI Standard
The German Spitz was brought to England in the XVIII century. The breed quickly became popular and was known as «Pomeranians» since it’s considered to come from an area called Pommern. Nevertheless the Pomeranian is a separate breed that was invented much later in the United Kingdom from imported German litter. The breed lost its position in the UK in the wake of the First World War and today it’s reckoned rather rare there.
The breeders greatly favoured smaller variant of the breed so it gradually scaled down in size. As the result of breeding three types of the German Spitz were developed – «Gross», «Mittel» and «Klein». Nowadays the Spitz is kept as family companion as well as a reasonable watchdog.
The German Spitz has already made an initial step towards the full AKC (American Kennel club) recognition by being recorded in the AKC Foundation Stock Service. The United Kennel Club (UKC) granted the dog its recognition in 2009.
The breed is usually friendly but a bit shy with strange people. The German Spitz can be extremely vocal at times and without correction it has a potential to become a significant problem. This habit is commonly explained by the past of the breed when it served as a watchdog. It hasn’t lost such qualities and its vigilance and observation helps to timely warn the master about possible intruder. However, the breed is not big and fierce enough to become an acceptable guard dog.
The German Spitz is highly tolerant to any other species including other canines. As with any other dog it should be introduced to other animals in appropriate manner and, what is more important, timely. A home cat will be treated politely provided the dog has been reared with it since the puppyhood. Some hunting drive still lingers in this dog so the owner should exhibit an additional caution while introducing the Spitz to smaller kind of home pet (rabbits, hamsters, parrots, and so on).
• eye problems;
• patellar luxation.
The Spitz blows off its coat twice a year and during shedding period its fur will be flying all over the house covering clothing, carpets and furniture. The dog won’t require frequent baths but its nails should be trimmed every two months and its ears need to be cleaned as necessary.
The German Spitz is also somewhat sensitive to critiques and at a moment notice it can become wilful, bold or simply aggressive if treated roughly and disrespectfully. In training this breed the handler should use only mild persuasion and food treats, which proved to be the most successful for it.
The under exercised dog is apt to develop major behavioural problems as destructiveness, chewing, hyper activity, etc. The German Spitz is well-suited for keeping in an apartment and will also make a great companion for an elderly people.