Do you want to adopt a small dog that looks like a soft toy but has character? Why not the Dwarf Spitz ? It meets these criteria and has many other advantages. This article will help you get to know this endearing, spirited breed that has been around for centuries.
The Miniature Spitz: its historical origins
Called loulou from Pomerania, the Dwarf Spitz comes from the German Spitz, the oldest breed in Central Europe: it appeared in Pomerania, this region lying between Poland and Germany. Throughout history, the breed of this dog has declined into several categories: the dwarf Spitz, the Wolf-Spitz, the medium Spitz, the Large Spitz and the small Spitz.
In England, a breed of spitz toy was created in the 19th century. This “miniature” dog was very popular during the reign of George III. The dwarf spitz has rubbed shoulders with many historical figures such as Mozart, Zola or Marie-Antoinette. Nowadays, he keeps company with celebrities like Cyril Hanouna.
The character of the Dwarf Spitz
The Dwarf Spitz is originally a cuddly dog, player, kind to children and very intelligent. However, he does not let himself face the other dogs: he will defend his house and his honor, no matter how small. His little flaw is pride because he likes to attract attention.
Despite its small size, the Dwarf Spitz effectively guards your home and will please with its dynamism. He tends to be fusional with his master and doesn’t really like solitude. the Pomeranian also has an annoying tendency to bark : it is a real alarm system on legs. This is why he was hired in the concierge lodges to warn of a visit.
The dwarf Spitz will finally be a good travel companion, provided you have been used to it from a young age. It is also necessary to socialize it well with humans and its congeners to keep it.
The physique of the Dwarf Spitz
The Dwarf Spitz measures 22 cm maximum at the withers. He has a medium head with pointed, erect ears. His eyes are dark in color. It should weigh between 1.5 and 3.5 kg in adulthood. It has a long, dense coat. Its tail is long and very thick.
We find dogs of different colors: black, brown, white, red, gray or cream. The dog can also have a variegation of color. The Miniature Spitz lives on average to 13 years but can go up to 15 years. This breed of dog makes it into the ranking of the breeds that live the longest.
The Dwarf Spitz in everyday life
Once weaned, from a month or two, the dwarf spitz must follow a puppy diet for up to one year where he will have an adequate daily portion. In adulthood, the meal of the dwarf spitz consists of 70 g of raw meat with vegetables. If you prefer to give it kibbles, you have to choose some premium adapted to its breed or weight.
A weight monitoring is necessary because the Pomeranian loulou tends to become overweight. It is advisable to feed him in the form of a meal and not leave him his bowl throughout the day. Treats are allowed as a reward and water is to be given on request.
Its care and reproduction
the pomeranian dog requires a regular brushing because its coat easily makes knots. Its moults are done in spring and in autumn with its final coat. It should be noted that the dwarf spitz has a significant moult around 4 to 8 months. It took place in the mud? You can take a little lukewarm shower (around 36 ° C). Be careful, the dwarf spitz cannot stand cold water. His eyes can flow easily: it is essential to clean his eyes with a compress and cornflower water daily. Physiological saline will also do the trick.
The Dwarf Spitz is robust in nature. However, depending on his genetic makeup, he may have pathologies such as alopecia, heart problems, fragile kneecaps, a defective thyroid or kidney stones. However, this little dog is perfectly resistant to heat and cold with its coat. The throat of the dwarf spitz which can be fragile, it is important to use a harness and not a collar for walks.
The Pomeranian loulou has a gestation period ranging from 56 to 70 days. The female dwarf spitz gives birth to only 2-3 puppies. The female Miniature Spitz has her first heat at the age of 6 months, but it is better to wait 14 months to plan a first litter. The heat is then done twice a year.
The Pomeranian dog likes the country as well as the city. He will find his marks in a house as in an apartment. To relieve his joints, it is better to favor a shape memory bed on the floor than to allow him your bed or sofa. For this, you have carte blanche to choose a basket, a cushion, a mattress or a soothing dog bed.
This article made you want to adopt the Dwarf Spitz ? You should know that babies are put up for adoption from 8 weeks when they are mature and weaned. Their adoption cost varies from 1,500 to 2,000 euros. Small dwarf spitz must be vaccinated and chipped to enter their new family. All you have to do is find the breeding for adoption.