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German Spitz (Mittel)


General Information - German Spitz (Mittel)


Group:
Non sporting

Size:
medium

Lifespan:
12-14 years

Exercise:
medium

Grooming:
medium

Trainability:
medium

Watchdog ability:
very high

Protection ability:
low

Area of Origin:
Germany

Date of Origin:
ancient times

Other Names:
Deutsche Mittel Spitz, Mittelspitz

Original Function:
guardian, drover



History

The German Spitz (Mittel), also known as the Mittelspitz or the Deutsche Mittel Spitz, 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 middle (Mittel is the German word for middle) 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 Mittel German Spitz is intelligent and lively, is a wonderful companion to its family, and will alert when strangers approach with lots of barking. It is a good idea though not to let it develop into a barker, 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.