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German Spitz Klein

German Spitz Klein

Small and compact, the German Spitz Klein has the attractive foxy face and curled tail typical of spitz breeds. This small breed has an abundant long coat, particularly around the neck where it forms a frill of profuse hair. Hair on the face is short and smooth, pricked ears are covered with soft short hair and the limbs are well feathered. Tail should be profusely covered in long, spreading hair.  

The dogs’ gender should be obvious from their appearance, with males more masculine, while the females are obviously feminine. 

The need-to-know
  • Dog suitable for non-experienced owners
  • Basic training required
  • Need to be aware of potential health issues
  • Enjoys active walks
  • Enjoys one to two hours of walking a day
  • Small dog
  • Some drool
  • Requires grooming every other day
  • Chatty and vocal dog
  • Barks and alerts to visitors/anything unusual
  • Could have issues with unknown dogs but gets along with known dogs
  • Gets along with other pets with training
  • May need additional supervision to live with children
  • Needs a small garden
  • Can happily live in the city
  • Can be left occasionally with training

Key Facts

Lifespan: 14 – 16 years
Weight:  8 - 10kg
Height:  23 - 29cm
Colours:  German Spitz Klein come in all colours and variations (see breed standard for further details).
Size:  Small
UK Kennel Club Groups: Utility


Family-friendly: 4/5
Exercise needs: 4/5
Easy to train: 2/5
Tolerates being alone: 3/5
Likes other pets: 3/5
Energy level: 5/5
Grooming needs: 3/5
Shedding: 4/5
Light German Spitz sitting in the grass


Active and alert, the German Spitz Klein is a happy, confident little dog with an even temper and should show no signs of aggression or nervousness. They adore human company and love to be included in any family activity. They do not enjoy being left alone and do not make a good companion for people who will regularly leave them.  

Whilst small, they are intelligent and should be kept entertained and content with training and exercise. A bored German Spitz Klein is liable to be a very noisy and irritable house-mate! 

German Spitz in the field

History and Origins

Country of Origin: Germany 
Descending from larger Nordic herding dogs such as the Samoyed, which were taken to Germany and Holland by the Vikings during the Middle ages, the German Spitz Klein is the second smallest of five recognised German Spitz types.  

By the 1700’s the German Spitz became a fashionable pet of British society, and were used to produce the smaller Pomeranian (and then later to improve the increasingly tiny Pomeranian then struggling due to its very small size). 

There are five sizes of German Spitz types recognised by the FCI, the Wolfspitz (Keeshond), the Giant Spitz, the German Spitz Mittel, the German Spitz Klein and the Pomeranian. 
Due to the very close ancestry between the Mittel and the Klein, whilst breeding between the two is no longer permitted, occasionally a Mittel litter will produce a Klein pup, and vice versa.  

Did you know?

Did You Know?

  • Spitz type dogs have been around a long time. Skeletal remains of spitz types have been found associated with human settlements from five to six thousand years ago, throughout Central Europe.
  • Whilst now their behavioural traits can differ, from the companion type tiny fluffy spitz’s, to the hunting spitz’s willing to take on boar and bear, to the sled pulling spitz’s of the frozen tundra, in form they are all recognisably “spitzy”, with their foxy faces, pricked ears, plush coats and curled tails.
  • Traders and fishermen took German Spitz’s with them on their boats to use them as watchdogs.

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