It's hard to resist the sweet little ball of fur known as the Miniature Spitz. Not only is this breed uber cute, the Miniature Spitzis a great addition to the family, thanks to its docile temperament, intelligence and dedication. With a series of fantastic character traits, and its simply irresistible appearance, the Miniature Spitz has become the star of many a household. And to prove that you should not judge a book by its cover (no matter how cute it is), the Miniature Spitz makes an excellent guard dog - just don't expect it to scare people. Small, but with plenty of spirit, the Miniature Spitz will stand firmly by his loving family.
The history of this attractive dog breed can be traced back to the Prussian region of Pomerania, where the Miniature Spitz breed gradually evolved from the old Spitz dogs that were originally used as sled dogs. The breed's name originated in the historic region of Pomerania (now Germany and Poland). With an original weight of nearly 30 pounds, the dog served as a skilled sheep-driver in its larger form. However, where the original Spitz was a real dog with a role, the much smaller Miniature Spitz is really not. These were bred to be small and therefore cuter, and were basically bred as lap dogs and show dogs. These dogs, weighing a hefty four to five pounds, became an instant hit among the nobility of the time. Their natural skills in showmanship made them not only popular dogs for showing in competitions, but also popular in the circus for their outgoing and winning personalities, as well as their agility and ability to learn quite complicated tricks. Having an exotic pup to proudly display in their arms was a hit with the nobility of the time - and easily showed their wealth and aristocratic position. The Miniature Spitz spread throughout Europe from then on.
There have been some famous owners of Miniature Spitz throughout history. Among them are Marie Antoinette, Mozart, Thomas Edison, and Michelangelo, in addition to Queen Victoria who owned quite a few of these amazing little dogs. Queen Victoria's pet was particularly small and tiny, and served as a foundation for all other Miniature Spitz that followed.
As we mentioned earlier, the Miniature Spitz is extroverted and intelligent. They will enjoy all the attention they can get from your family. And because they are so small, they travel well, so your Miniature Spitz can make friends anywhere.
Because of its small size, which makes it more susceptible to injury, the Miniature Spitz is best suited to homes with older children. In addition, smaller children can make your Miniature Spitz overexcited. Households with older children are ideal, as Miniature Spitz are more likely to be showered with the attention they crave. It is also a good idea to involve your children in training - it is a great way to set boundaries and build a strong bond.
The Miniature Spitz suffers from small dog syndrome, which means that he does not know he is a small dog. That is why he will fight a much bigger dog. And because the Miniature Spitz loves attention, you must ensure that he is not left alone for too long. As long as your Miniature Spitz gets the exercise it needs and lots of love, it will make an excellent pet.
- Hip dysplasia (developmental hip disorder)
- Patella luxation (loose kneecap)