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German Spitz Klein

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Origin / History The German Spitz Klein is part of the breed German Spitz, and are usually classified as utility or toy dogs. The German Spitz is said to be a descendant of the Lapphund and Samoyed, breeds that were probably brought to Germany by the Vikings during the Middle Ages. These dogs were bred with other shepherding breeds and were spread all over Europe. Originally, these dogs were utilized as guard dogs and herding dogs. However, during the past few centuries, these dogs have been used as family companions. The German Spitz Klein is considered as a rare breed, even in Germany.

Appearance The German Spitz Klein is compact, small dog with a long coat and a tail that curls over its back and lies on side of its body, and is somehow similar in appearance to a small Chow. German Spitz Kleins have triangular ears that are compact, highly set, and are close together on their heads. The hairs on their heads are very thick but are shorter than the hairs on their bodies. These dogs' feet are small in size and they have hair in between their toes. They have large eyes, and their heads sport a fox-like look.

Colours The coats of these dogs can come in a wide variety of colors. They can be white, black, brown, sable, cream, blue, and gold. They can also be bi-colored or parti-colored.

Temperament These dogs are alert, buoyant, and happy. Owners of these dogs even say that their dogs always appear to be smiling or laughing with them. These dogs are independent, willful, and can sometimes be temperamental. They jump excellently, and they love standing on their two hind legs just to show off and please their owners. These dogs crave and demand human attention so prospective owners should make sure that they have enough time to spend with these dogs before they acquire one. These dogs tend to be reserved, but they do bark at strangers as well as other animals. Male dogs of this breed might not get along well with other dogs. They are also not recommended for children who are too young. However, they do get along well with older, more considerate children. They also make great companions for the elderly. Although these dogs are not easily trained, they make great family companions when properly trained.

Height and Weight They are 23 - 29 cm in height and weight between 5 - 8 Kg.

Common Health Problems Dogs of this breed are considered to be generally healthy. There are some, though, that develop patellar luxation. Thus, it is important that these dogs do not become obese, as being so increases their chances of being afflicted with the aforementioned health problem.

Living Conditions These dogs can live well inside apartments. They can be active indoors by playing with their family, but it would also be good if they are provided with a small yard where they can run around and do some activities.

Exercise Requirements In order for these dogs to get their needed exercise, they must be taken on walks or jogs daily. They can also be trained to participate in agility trials.

Training Requirements To make these dogs well-mannered and socially acceptable, they should be made to undergo basic obedience training while they are still young. Since these dogs are intelligent, they will learn quickly. However, their willful nature might make training more challenging. Owners must use positive reinforcement methods when training these dogs. Proper socialization is also essential to these dogs' well-being and should be commenced right from puppyhood.

Life Expectancy These dogs lead lives that range for around 14 to 15 years.

Grooming Coats of these dogs need to be brushed on a regular basis in order to avoid matting. More attention should be given to the hairs on the dogs' elbows and ears, as these are the parts where knots can form quickly. Some of these dogs do not like being groomed, which is why they have to be taught how to stay behaved when they are being groomed. Bathing these dogs must be done only when necessary.

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