Dog Breed Group: Companion Dog
Life Span: 13-14 years
Weight: Male: 11-12, Female: 10-11
Height: Male: 13-15, Female: 12-14
Origin of Name: The compact German Spitz has the classic Nordic dog appearance:.
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The German Spitz is the oldest of the breeds of dogs and the oldest origin from Central Europe.
It should be noted for the first time that FCI sees the German Spitz in the same family as the Pomeranian / Toy Spitz (the smallest) and the Keshond / Wolfspitz (the largest), in the middle three sizes of the German Spitz (giant) medium, And miniature.) Therefore, the history of the German Spitz is associated with these two other races.
The first references to Spitz can be found in 1450 when Count Eberhard Ju Sion of Germany remarked that the dog was a brave defender of homes and farms. The province of Pomerania, a historic area located on the south shore of the Baltic between modern-day Germany and Poland, was home to many of the earliest members of this breed, hence the early name of the Pomeranian.
The bulk lacks small sprites, they make for vigilance and voice. Traders and fishermen took these dogs on their boats as watchful watchdogs for their cargo. On the farm, Spitz's acute hearing was used to warn early intruders. They used to sit on anything high and used their high alarm bark at the first sign of anything strange. In Germany, they are sometimes called misteller, which means the bark of dung-hill.
Originally a farmer's dog, Spitz gained popularity with the royal and upper classes of England. When George I assumed the throne in the 18th century, he and his German wife, naturally, many German visitors were in court and brought their Spitz dogs with them. Queen Charlotte, wife of George III and Queen Victoria were also fans of the breed in their time.
The breed saw a rapid decline at the beginning of World War I, and it was not until 1975, until many of the casinos were imported from Holland and bred for large Pomeranians, that the breed returned.