The Small Spitz is one of the oldest breeds of dog native to Europe. Attentive, energetic and dedicated, these puppies have some of the best qualities of any dog breed.
The first mention of the Small Spitz comes from Count Eberhard Zu Sayn of Germany around 1450. He praised the breed as a brave protector of their homes and fields. Many early Small Spitzes lived in the province of Pomerania, located on the southern edge of the Baltic Sea close to what is now Germany and Poland.
The Small Spitz is known as an ancient breed of dog and one of the oldest originating in Germany and Europe in general.
Although small in size, these dogs are very watchful and noisy. Fishermen took them on their boats as guard dogs for their goods and trade. They were also used on farms to warn farmers of any intruders in the area. In Germany, they are sometimes referred to as Mistbeller, or dung hill barkers, because they liked to sit somewhere high like a hill and keep watch.
The Small Spitz is an energetic dog that loves to please the family and likes to be the center of attention. They have a lot of energy and would rather run around the garden or house than stay inside to cuddle. Because they are very active, they like to play games where they run and chase toys.
These little pups can be wary of strangers and are noisy, so they may bark if they are around people they don't know. They have a high-pitched bark that sounds "yappy" to some. They are very intelligent but can also be stubborn. It takes a trainer with a strong will to make sure these puppies are obedient and well trained. If you want a watchdog that will alert you to anyone who might approach your door, you can't do much better than the Small Spitz.
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