Original Name : Deutsche Spitze
Type : Lupoid
Male size : a) Wolf Spitz/Keeshond: 19½ inches, ±2½ inchesb) Giant Spitz: 18 inches, ±1½ inchesc) Medium Spitz: 13½ inches ±1½ inchesd) Miniature Spitz: 10¼ inches ±1¼ inchese) Toy Spitz/Pomeranian: 7¾ inches, ±¾ inches
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Countries of origin : Germany
German Spitz dogs are always attentive, lively and extraordinarily attached to their owner. Very receptive and easy to train, their distrust of strangers and total lack of a hunting instinct make them ideal guard dogs in both town and country. Never shy or aggressive.
Medium-sized skull, broader at the back when viewed from above, wedge-shaped tapering to the tip.
Topline from the point of the straight, firmly pricked ears, extending in to the short, level back with a gentle curve.
Wolf Spitz: gray shaded; Giant Spitz: black, brown or white; Medium, Miniature, Toy Spitz: black, brown, white, orange, gray shaded, other colors.
Small, set high, relatively close together, triangular and pointed.
Set high, medium-length, very bushy, straight from the root, lying firmly curled over the back.
Double coat with long, straight, stand-off topcoat and short, thick and cotton-like undercoat.
A family of imposing diversity in color and size, German Spitzen are the antecedents of most of the Spitz-type breeds recognized today.Their beautiful coat with abundant undercoat is one of their most captivating features, especially the mane-like collar and bushy tail carried proudly over the back. Their fox-like head with animated eyes and small pointed ears give them their distinctive cheeky appearance.
The origins of the German Spitz go all the way back to the Stone Age. Excavations of peat bogs in what is now primarily northern Germany unearthed near perfectly preserved specimens that appear to be the present breed’s most ancient ancestors.