German Spitz Breed History
This breed comes in three different size varieties: the giant, the standard, and the toy. While the toy and giant varieties were said to have been mostly companions to their owners, research shows that the standard type was more of a working dog, often used on farms.
It is said that the toy type was brought to England from Germany (specifically Pomerania) more than 100 years ago, and therefore it became known as a Pomeranian.
This toy dog was also said to have been one of Queen Victoria's favorite breeds and sometimes called a Victorian Pom. The Pomeranian is now known as a separate breed from the German Toy Spitz, even though the dogs look very similar. The German Spitz breed is quite a rarity, and it has not maintained their original popularity, even in Germany.
German Spitz Breed Appearance
As discussed, the German Spitz is divided into three types based on size. Many aspects of the three types are similar, but in addition to size, they differ in color as well. The color of the giant Spitz includes black, brown, or white. The standard and the toy sizes have much more varied coat colors. All three sizes of this breed feature triangular and compact ears and large eyes. The body has a thick, long coat, while the hair on the head is comparatively short. The small feet of this breed has hair between the toes, and the tail is curved on top of the back.
German Spitz Breed Temperament
Any type of German Spitz makes a good watchdog. It is an alert breed that is ever watchful over its family and home. It loves attention and will demand to be a part of the action. While it likes to please, it can also be stubborn and willful. This dog is able to jump well and may often stand on its back legs when looking for attention. The German Spitz tends to be suspicious of strangers and may bark a lot at people and other animals. This type of dog is not recommended for homes with young children, as it tends to be nervous and snappish at times. However, the German Spitz would likely do fine in a home with older children, and it is an exceptional choice for a companion for the elderly. Obedience training is necessary, but not easy. The experienced owner will know how to make the dog understand who is boss.
German Spitz Breed Maintenance
Grooming of the German Spitz is quite easy. Regular brushing or combing to prevent matting is really all that is necessary. Be advised that this breed may need to be taught to stay still during grooming time. This breed is ideal for apartment dwelling, as it is quite active when inside and only a small yard is necessary to provide the exercise this dog needs. The German Spitz enjoys going for long walks, but it is just as happy curling up with the family.