German Spitz (Mittel)

Breed stats

Breed group Utility Size Medium Life span Over 12 Years Exercise Up to 30 minutes per day Grooming Every day Coat length Medium Coat sheds? Yes
The German Spitz breed loves to be the centre of attention and will "dance" for it, standing on their hind legs.

They have the typical spitz look: thick undercoat with a harsher long top coat, curled tail over their back and a slightly wolf-like face; but their eyes are larger than most spitz breeds and they come in a wider variety of colours. There are two sizes recognised by the kennel club: Klein (small) and Mittel (medium-sized) but they have the same overall shape and character.

The medium-sized German Spitz was used as a herding dog but the small variety is more of a companion breed, similar to the Pomeranian.

They are a busy and inquisitive dog and are happy to please as long they have firm leadership, they make a good companion for an older person. They love human attention and can be trained to get on well with strangers, children and animals. Although quite active indoors, they enjoy regular daily walks.

They need regular brushing to prevent matting but there are no known health problems.

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