German Spitz Klein

All German spitzes - pomeranian, kleinspitz, mittelspitz, großspitz and wolfspitz - are descendents of Canis familiaris palustris breed that is most likely one of the oldest dog breeds. From the early ages there has been different spitzes as guards and yard dogs in Germany and in 17th century smallest individuals started to be used to breed showring and companion dogs. Separation to different breeds was made in 18th century so there still can be litters with puppies that are either too small or too big.

Kleinspitz is a very popular breed in Europe, but in Northern America the breed has not been officially accepted by he Kennel Clubs although Pomeranians are an official breed. First kleinspitzes came to Finland from Great Britain in 1987. The breed has become very popular and now there are over hundred puppies registered every year. There are also imports from breeds home country Germany as well as from Denmark, Holland and France. Also few individuals have been imported from Russia and Tsheck republic.

Kleinspitz is a very lively, playful, friendly and active breed. The power of the guarding sense varies individually, but as an alert and active dog kleinspitz can bark a lot. Breed is able and eager to act and many dogs have passed the character tests with excellent grades. Kleinspitz is also very easy to train and many are competing in obedience and agility. The breed will also have a very keen bond with the owner.

The ideal height of a kleinspitz is 26 cm, but variation is allowed to be 3 cm in both directions. The weight should be in accordance with the height, normally between 3 to 5 kg.

In dog shows the breed is divided into three colour groups - white, black & brown and other colours. Other colours can be for example sable, cream or black&tan. The colour should be even and no spots are allowed unless the main colour is white with evenly spreaded spots.

The fur is very thick and rich but still easy to maintain. Dogs lose their hair once a year, bitches normally during season. Naturally there are some differences in both hair quality and hair loss between individuals. For the dog shows the fur doesn't need to be trimmed.

In Finland the breed, especially black and brown individuals, has a very high quality and many have been succesfully conquering the world. Some dogs have also been exported to other countries.