Historically, the German Spitz was primarily used as a working dog on farms. He is usually stubborn and independent, so you will have to establish yourself as a dominant leader through persistent obedience training. Mittelspitz is often curious and will definitely try to explore the surroundings whenever he gets a chance. This is a very agile breed, kept as companions or family pets, known to be good watchdogs with bold and fiery personalities.
All German Spitz dogs share some common characteristics, such as intelligence, agility, cheerfulness, playfulness, alertness, loyalty, resourcefulness, boldness, independence, and curiosity.
Source: Compiled from Primitive Dogs
Links to Breed Descriptions
ANKC: Extended Breed Standard of THE GERMAN SPITZ (Mittel and Klein)
Other Names for Breed
GERMAN MEDIUM SIZE SPITZ
GERMAN MINIATURE SPITZ
Country of Origin and Parent Breed Club
Verein für Deutsche Spitze e.V.
Breed articles from Verein für Deutsche Spitze e.V.'s club magazine.
There are numerous breed standards. The basis of breed/conformation shows is the judging of pedigree dogs against the 'Breed Standard', which is a picture in words that describes the range of features that are deemed appropriate for the breed. Three of the major international standards are:
The American Kennel Club: FSS Breed
The Kennel Club, UK
FCI (Federation Cynologique Internationale)
1. Swedish Insurance Data Breed-specific information on rates of disease and death from Agria Pet Insurance (Agria Djurförsäkring) is available for many breeds. This breed has information on Veterinary Care Insurance.
3. Datenbank Deutscher Spitze
Breeding/Health Strategy Documents
Health/Breeding Strategy Documents and Links:
The Kennel Club, UK: Breed Watch (Category 2)
Sweden: Breed-specific Breeding Strategies: (in Swedish) and/ or English summary
Breed-Specific DNA Tests:
Other Breed-Specific Webpages
JaneDogs: German Spitz (Mittel) and (Klein)
We are listing sites for breed clubs with health or other information that might be helpful. Follow links below.
Sweden: Svenska Klein- Mittel- & Grosspitzklubben
Svenska Spets- och Urhundklubben
Germany: Verein für Deutsche Spitze e.V.
UK: German Spitz World
German Spitz Breeders & Owners Club
German Spitz Club of Great Britain