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German Spitz

Buoyant and excellent jumpers  (other names: Deutscher Spitz)

German Spitz
origin:Germany
date origin:16th century
life expectancy:12 to 15 years
classification:Non sporting
height:22 to 48 cm
weight:3 to 30 kg
exercise: Mediumclimate: Coldin/out: Indoorgrooming: Needs groomingfeeding: Undemanding
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History [ edit ]

The German Spitz is descended from the Nordic breeds, such as Samoyedo and the Lapphund. They arrived in Europe, trough Germany, by the Vikings´ hands and the first record of this breed can be traced to the 15th century. Since Germany was only unified in 1871, the several regions developed their own type of Spitz and now there´s three ramifications of this breed that vary only in size.

The bigger one, the Mittle German Spitz, was used as a working dog in the farms, however the other two, Gross and Klein, have been always companion dogs.

The German Spitz was later introduced in the United States of America, where he became known as the American Eskimo Dog. With many similarities, this dog eventually developed to a distinctive breed. 
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