German Spitz Medium
Breeding group : Non-Sporting
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GENERALBreed group: Non-Sporting Type: Pure Breed
Talent: Guarding, Jogging, Tricks, Watchdog
PHYSICALSize: Small Weight: 23-41 lbs Fur length: Ears: Pointy Fur type: Straight
Fur Color: Black & White, Gray / Salt & Pepper, Light Brown / Golden, White / Cream
ATTRIBUTESLife Expectancy: 12-13 years Rarity: Common Availability: Easily available
Climate: Good for every climate
The German Spitz Medium is also called German Spitz Standard dog. It is Spitz type dog originating in Germany. The other two varieties of Spitz German dogs are called Giant and toy. The German Spitz Medium dog is similar in build and appearance with Giant or Toy types with only difference in heights and weights and coat colours. It stands between 11-14 inches and weighs between 23-41 lbs. The dog has a round head with high set, pricked ears. The muzzle is moderately long. Eyes are dark in colour and are medium in size. Moderate length neck is strong. The body is equal to in length as its height and the legs should taper down to tiny feet. The tail is curled on top of the back and lies against the side of the body. The coat is long, dense and thick with a soft and short undercoat. The dog has a variety of coat colours that include black, brown, white, orange or wolf-grey. This breed is not recognized by AKC.
The German Spitz Medium comes in different colours. It can be found in black, white, brown, orange and wolf-grey colouring.
This breed has a long, dense and thick double coat with top coat being straight and standoff while the undercoat is short, dense and cotton-wool-like in nature. The coat is shorter on head, ears, front side of front and hind legs.
Happy, alert, loving and affectionate, the German Spitz are very friendly with their family. Though they get along well with older children, supervision is must when these dogs are around small children as they have a tendency to be over whelming and nervous around them. The dog loves attention and is very human oriented. Eager to please its master, it can perform simple tricks to get attention and praise from the owner and family. Alert to their surroundings, the dog is suspicious of strangers thus making an excellent watchdog though it will need training not to bark constantly. This breed may not tolerate other dogs and specially of the same sex and needs training and socialization from puppyhood. These dogs have been used on farms for farm works and has lots of energy so exercising becomes that more important for this breed. The German Spitz Medium dogs make excellent companion dogs for elderly as well with their affectionate and loving nature. It is a great family as well as excellent watchdog.
This breed will require fair amount of grooming with its long coat that tends to mat easily. Regular brushing of both top and under coat every other day will avoid matting. This dog will need bathing once every month.
The German Spitz Medium can be trained in a positive and firm yet gentle manner. The dog will respond to its owner or trainer if the trainer shows proper leadership skills and make the dog realize that he is the boss. Without proper leadership skills, the dog will become willful and consequently hard to train.
As a working dog that has been used to working in the farms, the German Spitz Medium will require fair amount of exercises to be healthy and happy. The dog will be happy to live in an apartment as long as the exercise needs are met. It is a versatile breed that can be happy with a short and regular walk daily or can be an excellent jogging partner, matching its owner in exercise. A small yard will be perfect for this dog to play and run as it likes.