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German Spitz Mittel

German Spitz Mittel

The Mittel is a small, compact, long-coated dog with a typical spitzy head and tail curled over the back. They can be seen in all colours and variations (see the breed standard for details). It should be obvious of the dog's sex – with males being masculine in appearance and females feminine. Adult Mittels stand at 30-38cm and weigh 7-11kg.

The need-to-know
  • Dog suitable for non-experienced owners
  • Some training required
  • Enjoys gentle walks
  • Enjoys walking an hour a day
  • Small dog
  • Some drool
  • Requires grooming daily
  • Non hypoallergenic breed
  • Very vocal dog
  • Guard dog. Barks and alerts
  • May require training to live with other pets
  • May require training to live with kids
Brown Mittel German Spitz lying on the stairs

Personality

The German Spitz Mittel is a happy, friendly dog. A confident, even-tempered companion, there should be no signs of nervousness or aggression. They are very active and alert and love human company, liking nothing better than to be included in any family activities.

Mittel German Spitz in the yard

History and Origins

The German Spitz breed descends directly from the Nordic herding dogs, like the Samoyed, which were taken to Germany and Holland by the Vikings during the Middle Ages. These dogs then spread throughout Europe and were crossed with other herding/shepherd breeds, making the foundation of the Spitz type. By the 1700s, the Spitz became the fashion of British Society and were bred smaller in Victorian times to produce the toy Pomeranian. The present-day German Spitz has two sizes in the UK and breeding between sizes is forbidden by the Kennel Club. However, Kleins will occasionally pop up in German Spitz Mittel litters and vice versa because of the mixed ancestry.

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