The Miniature Spitz has a fox-like appearance. It has a small, sturdy frame with a profuse, puffy and rough coat that usually comes in brown, black, gray, orange and off-white. Its slightly rounded, wedge-shaped head has a straight muzzle, pointy ears and dark eyes with an alert and outgoing expression. Overall, the Miniature Spitz has a dignified and lively look.
Around the home, the Miniature Spitz is busy, curious and clever. It has a good sense of independence, but it also craves attention and playtime, sometimes responding to games by standing on its hind legs and barking happily. As you can imagine, it makes a superb dancing partner. But always remember to play gently with the Miniature Spitz!
The Miniature Spitz can grow very attached to its owner. Sometimes this can make it slightly suspicious of strangers, turning it into more than just a tried-and-true companion, but also a superb watchdog. In spite of its small stature, the Miniature Spitz can bark loudly. With the proper training and socialization, this canine will prove to be endlessly sparkly and lovable.
The Miniature Spitz can live as long as 16 years with relatively few genetic health problems. Try not to overfeed them, however, because obesity can cause health problems in these little dogs. They are fairly easy to groom, needing just a good brushing several times a week to prevent matting.
The Miniature Spitz is an ideal apartment dog, but it needs daily exercise. A nice walk around the black twice a day will suffice. Also, try not to leave it alone for long periods of time: It craves companionship and will suffer emotionally without it.
European Spitz-type dogs date back more than 6,000 years. Up until the 19th century, the adaptable Spitz was bred to be a hunter, herder and watchdog. Over the years and depending upon their needs, different communities bred different types of Spitz dogs, including the Giant Spitz (for herding and guarding) and the Miniature Spitz (for companionship).
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