Dog Breeds

  • German Spitz

    German Spitz stand out for their beautiful coats, mane-like collars of fur, and bushy tails. They are alert dogs with a characteristically cheeky appearance.

  • Group: Companion
    Lifespan: 13–15 yr
    Height: 9–16 in
    Weight: 21–43 lb

  • Care

    Anyone who enjoys brushing dogs (and vacuuming) will love the German Spitz. Their coats require a lot of grooming to keep them looking their best. Some believe their heavy grooming needs are part of the reason the breed's numbers have declined. Expect to brush their double coats several times per week. During the spring and fall, when they shed more heavily, daily brushing is required. Regular grooming will minimize shedding and prevent painful mats from forming in their long hair. German Spitz should never have their coats clipped. Their hair provides natural insulation, keeping them warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Prioritize regular dental care from a young age. Start a routine that includes at-home teeth brushing and professional cleanings to ensure good oral hygiene.

    German Spitz require a high-quality food that's appropriate for their life stage (e.g., puppy, adult, senior). Consider a diet specially formulated for small breeds. All dogs run the risk of obesity if they consume too many calories. Portion out their food in a measuring cup and limit treats to no more than 10% of their daily calories to keep them from becoming overweight.

  • Disorders

    Always visit a professional veterinarian if you believe your dog may have health issues.