By: Eduardo C. Gonzalez
The descendants of the German Spitzes dogs are the Nordic herding dogs like the Samoyeds and the Lapphunds. These dogs were brought in to Europe by the Vikings.. These dogs have been prominently mentioned in German literature in the early 1450's. There are three kinds of German Spitzs namely: The Giant, Toy and Standard. The Giant and toy types are known to be companion dogs. The Standard German Spitzs were used in the farms as workers and they were very good at it. These dogs are ancient dogs and some say that these dogs even existed during the stone age.. The German Spitzs are considered to be quite rare even in Germany itself.
Standard German Spitzes do come in a large variety of colors like: brown, black , orange, wolf gray, silver gray with black shadings and white. They have packed in bodies, ears that are triangular in shape, close together and highly set. The hair they have on their heads is shorter than the hair on the all parts of their bodies. Although, the hair on their heads are short, it is quite thick. These dogs have very small feet with hair in between their toes. Their eyes appear to be evenly large. These dogs have curled up tails that reaches the top f their backs and it lies on the side of their bodies.
Standard German Spitzes will reach heights of 11.5 - 14 inches and will weigh 23 - 41 pounds.
Standard German Spitzes are not known to have many health issues but they are prone to slipped patellas ( kneecaps ).
Standard German Spitzes are fit for living in apartments but they must be allowed to roam around small yards that have been properly fenced.
Standard German Spitzes will live for about 13 - 15 years.
Standard German Spitzes needs to have their hair and coats brushed everyday. Doing this will prevent matting There are some of these dogs that do not like to be groomed. Owners must train them to stay still while they are grooming their dogs.