German Spitz Giant
Breeding group : Non-Sporting
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GENERALBreed group: Non-Sporting Type: Pure Breed
Talent: Agility, Guarding, Jogging, Sighting, Tricks, Watchdog
PHYSICALSize: Medium Weight: 38.5-40 lbs Fur length: Ears: Pointy Fur type: Straight
Fur Color: Black, Dark Brown / Chocolate, White / Cream
ATTRIBUTESLife Expectancy: 12-14 years Rarity: Common Availability: Easily available
Climate: Not good for cold climate
The German Spitz Giant is a Spitz type dog originating in Germany. This medium size dog is called 'Giant' because it is the largest among German Spitz type with a height between 16-17 inches and weighs between 38.5 to 40. Heights and weights in male and female dogs DO NOT differ. This dog has a proportionate body with slender legs and skinny torso. The head is circular with a muzzle that is in proportion to the skull. Dark eyes are medium in size and slanting. Ears are pricked and erect, set high on the head and are close to each other. Body is in proportion and does not appear to be protruding or sticky. The breed has a distinct long coat that covers the body completely. It is soft to touch and has a short undercoat. The thick and dense coat comes in a solid colour that can be white, black or brown. The tail curls over the back and to one side. This breed is NOT recognized by AKC.
Unlike Standard or Toy Spitz, the German Spitz Giant come in one solid colour that can be black, white or brown.
This breed has a thick and dense, long and double coat. The undercoat is short and soft to touch and top coat covers the entire body completely.
The German Spitz Giant breed of dog is an active breed that is happy, alert and eager to please their family. They are an excellent family dog and really thrive when they receive the attention of their owners. They are usually very easy to train since they are eager to please, however, they do require consistent rules. The German Spitz can be willful and must learn early that you are the leader. They require early obedience training and socialization. The dog has a tendency to become nervous and overwhelming around very young children and may not be trusted with young children without supervision however it is o.k with older and considerate children. It does not like other dogs, specially of same sex and early socialization is needed to make this dog tolerant of other dogs. The German Spitz Giant can be very exuberant and love to jump up and stand on their hind legs. They make excellent watchdogs as they are wary of and reserved around strangers but they do need to be trained not to bark. They make good companions for the elderly. The German Spitz can live in an apartment, but they do need vigorous daily exercise. A small yard will do. The German Spitz Giants make excellent watch dogs as well as great family companions.
Long coat of this breed will consume time in grooming which needs to be done at least every other day. The coat mats easily and grooming will require to brush both undercoat and top coat to avoid matting. Bathe this dog once per month. Usually the German Spitz Giants do not like to be groomed and early conditioning to grooming will be needed.
Eager to please, loving attention and obedient to its master, the German Spitz Giant can be trained without much difficulty but the owner must establish himself as this dog's true packleader or it will become willful and hard to train. Positive training methods employed in a firm manner will yield desired training results.
These dogs require regular exercise in the form of daily walks and jogging with their owner to stay healthy and calm. This is a versatile breed when it comes to exercising and will be happy to whatever exercise opportunities provided to it. It can be a good jogging partner for the family. The dog is moderately active indoors and can happily live in any dwelling, apartment life or large house. A small yard to play and run will be sufficient for this dog.