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German Spitz (Klein)


General Information - German Spitz (Klein)


Group:
Non sporting

Size:
small

Lifespan:
13-15 years

Exercise:
medium

Grooming:
medium

Trainability:
medium

Watchdog ability:
very high

Protection ability:
very low

Area of Origin:
Germany

Date of Origin:
ancient times

Other Names:
Deutsche Klein Spitz, Kleinspitz

Original Function:
guardian, drover



History

The German Spitz (Klein) descends from ancient spitzes that existed during the Stone Age, and as such is a relative of the larger Keeshond, and the smaller Pomeranian. Originally used as a drover, they have been kept mainly as companions for the last few centuries. They come in a variety of sizes, this one being in the second smallest (Klein is the German word for small) of the ranges. It is a compact yet sturdy dog, easily recognised by its fox-like head. This particular size is one of two recognised in the UK in 1985.

Temperament

The Klein German Spitz are intelligent and lively, are wonderful companions to their family, and will alert when strangers approach with lots of barking. It is a good idea though not to let them develop into barkers, and so unnecessary barking should be discouraged from a young age. Combine their sturdy bodies and intelligent minds, training these dogs can lead to formal obedience, or to the more "fun-types" of activities such as agility, as long as you have patience.

Upkeep

This is a lively breed that can have its exercise needs met with moderate exercise. A good walk on leash, combined with a vigorous game, can satisfy its needs. It can live outside in temperate or cool climates, but it is such a sociable dog that it prefers to share its life with its family. The double coat needs brushing once or twice weekly, and more when shedding.