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German Spitz Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about German Spitz so you can get to know the breed more.

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German Spitz
OriginGermany
Other Names
What other names does the German Spitz have? The dog breed also known as...
Deutscher Spitz
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred
AKC Group
Is German Spitz recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is German Spitz recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Recognized by FCI in the Spitz and primitive types group, in the European Spitz section.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the German Spitz breed?
Continental Kennel ClubDog Registry of America Inc.Federation Cynologique InternationaleFoundation Stock ServiceNorth American Purebred Registry, Inc.American Canine Association, Inc.
Price
How much does the German Spitz puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? German Spitz price:
$800-$1000
If you choose to purchase the German Spitz, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a German Spitz for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the German Spitz gets to a happy place.

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German Spitz General Appearance

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? German Spitz size:
SmallMedium
Weight
How much does the German Spitz weigh? German Spitz weight:
Male: 24-33 pounds (11-15 kg), Female: 18-27 pounds (8-12 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the German Spitz? German Spitz average weight:
Male: 28.5 pounds (13 kg), Female: 22.5 pounds (10 kg)
Height
How tall is the German Spitz? German Spitz height:
Male: 19-23 inches (48-58 cm), Female: 15-19 inches (38-48 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? German Spitz average height:
Male: 21 inches (53 cm), Female: 17 inches (43 cm)

German Spitz Hair & Care

Coat
What type of coat does the German Spitz have? What does this canine coat look like?
DenseStraight
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper German Spitz's coat?
WhiteOrangeBlackTricolor
Grooming
How to groom the German Spitz and how often?
Advanced: The German Spitz requires a lot of grooming. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer can be helpful sometimes. Regular brushed dog's coat is less likely to shed. Ears and eyes should be cleaned often to avoid infections. Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Occasional dog nail trimming and dog bath is important. Check the local pet store for dog grooming supplies and find the best dog shampoo to keep its coat healthy and to give your German Spitz a pleasant experience of a dog bath. If you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of your German Spitz, search for the best dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment. Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk in dog bath places nearby.
Shedding Level
How much do German Spitz dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Deutscher Spitz? German Spitz shedding level:
German Spitzs shed above average. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. The amount and frequency of hair loss mostly depend on their health status and breed type. If you don't like vacuum cleaning, you might have to reconsider your choice of having a puppy from the German Spitz breed.

German Spitz Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the German Spitz have? What characteristics does the breed have?
DevotedLivelyAttentiveTrainableIndependent
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the German Spitz? Are they intelligent?
Very smart: German Spitz is an excellent dog breed. You can teach them many tricks and commands. The limit is your creativity. They understand and memorize new commands in 5-15 repetitions. This breed obeys for the first command 85% of the time or better.
Trainability
Are German Spitz dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
German Spitzs are easy to train. They find out the association between commands and actions quite quickly.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
The German Spitz is a playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? German Spitz sensitivity:
German Spitzs don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits. This breed emotional level reflects their owner's feelings and they don't handle punishments well.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they?
German Spitzs are average dogs regarding their affection level. Some breeds are forthcoming and friendly, while others are independent and don't bond too closely to their owners.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Deutscher Spitz need? German Spitz social needs:
German Spitzs need for social interaction is average. This breed likes being around people or other animals, but they don't mind being left alone for a few hours either.
Barking
Do German Spitz dogs bark a lot? Why does my Deutscher Spitz bark?
Average to high: The German Spitz is a vocal breed. Not the best choice if you prefer a quiet breed. They often bark loudly and howl sometimes. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and same barks could have a different meaning. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is German Spitz good as a watchdog?
German Spitzs are one of the best watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're very consistent in their effort. The best vocal cords and sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're very territorial and protective about their property, so the German Spitz dogs will alert you if they sense something different.
Territorial
Do German Spitz dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their territory?
German Spitzs are average defenders. Some dogs are very protective of their territory, while others easily let a stranger to trespass. This breed is not sure to defend his territory in every situation.
Biting Potential
Do German Spitz bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Deutscher Spitz? What are the odds of getting bitten by a German Spitz? Why do dog bites happen?
Low
The German Spitz has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the German Spitz do?
German Spitzs have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but German Spitzs need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the German Spitz to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does German Spitz roam?
German Spitzs have average wanderlust potential. Sometimes they like to explore the world and they might escape once or twice, but usually, they prefer staying safely at home. Safer to teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does German Spitz have high prey drive?
German Spitzs have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds. Cats or any other small animals might be in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that German Spitzs are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly
Is German Spitz good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
German Spitzs are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
German Spitzs adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner. With proper socialization and quality time with the dog can solve this problem.
Fighting Dog
Where German Spitz dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

German Spitz Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they friendly with strangers?
German Spitzs are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Are German Spitz dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? German Spitz and children:
German Spitzs are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do German Spitz dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats?
German Spitzs are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Is German Spitz good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do German Spitz dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
German Spitzs are average friendly towards other dogs.
Office Friendly
Are German Spitzs good office dogs? Do German Spitzs make good office friendly dogs? Can German Spitzs be office dogs?
No
German Spitz is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do German Spitz dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Deutscher Spitz temperament with senior people? Are German Spitz dogs good for elderly owners?
German Spitzs are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do German Spitz dogs get along with other pets? Are German Spitz dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
German Spitzs are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners
Is German Spitz breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
No
German Spitzs are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can German Spitz be a service dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). German Spitz is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can German Spitz be a therapy dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. German Spitz is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can German Spitz be a sniffer dog?
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. German Spitz is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can German Spitz be a search and rescue dog?
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. The German Spitz is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can German Spitz be a boat dog?
Not really
German Spitz breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can German Spitz be a drafting dog?
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. German Spitz is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

German Spitz Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy breed? Do German Spitz dogs have health problems?
German Spitzs are commonly healthy dogs. Vet costs aren't expensive with this breed.
Health Problems
What health problems does the German Spitz breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the German Spitz breed? Health risks of German Spitz:
Dental ProblemsLuxating PatellaProgressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Life Expectancy
How long do German Spitz dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a German Spitz be?
13-14 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the German Spitz breed hypoallergenic?
No
German Spitzs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the German Spitz have?
German Spitzs have a higher energy level than other dog breeds. If you want a dog for snuggling on the couch, this breed isn't the perfect choice for you.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do German Spitz dogs require per day?
German Spitzs need quite a lot of exercise. Daily walks should be on schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
German Spitzs sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the German Spitz need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
1 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
How easy to gain weight for this dog? German Spitz risk for obesity:
Low to Average. The German Spitz has a low to the average risk for obesity. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight change, consult your veterinarian to make a meal plan, and measure the German Spitz's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
Medium
The German Spitz has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Does the German Spitz drool?
The German Spitz is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the German Spitz could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimal compared to others, just like the German Spitz. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

German Spitz Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does this dog pregnant? How long does it take to have puppies?
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female German Spitz: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the German Spitz have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the German Spitz have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
2-4 puppies

German Spitz Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Intelligent Rank: Very smart: German Spitz is an excellent dog breed.
  • Trainability: German Spitzs are easy to train.
  • Health Issues: German Spitzs are commonly healthy dogs.
  • Drooling tendency: The German Spitz is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
  • Weight Gain Potential: Low to Average.
  • Watchdog Ability: German Spitzs are one of the best watchdogs.
  • Child Friendly: German Spitzs are kid-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: German Spitzs are usually recommended for elderly people.
Cons
  • Hypoallergenic: German Spitzs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Grooming: Advanced: The German Spitz requires a lot of grooming.
  • Shedding Level: German Spitzs shed above average.
  • Mouthiness: German Spitzs have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
  • Office Friendly: German Spitz is not the best dog breed for office environment.
  • Good For First Time Owners: German Spitzs are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.

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German Spitz Comments, Reviews & Questions

  • Toby, Daisy, Eli

    Jul 16, 2021, 9:31:54 PM:

    So easy to live with. Happy to "go with the flow" whatever that may be. They stay close but not underfoot. One is a Mittel Spitz (20 lbs.) Two are Klein Spitz (12-13 lbs.). All are precious.

  • Alfie

    Dec 6, 2019, 2:35:24 PM: