There have been German Spitz breeds for many years, varying in size from the tiniest at about 2.3 kilograms (5 pounds) in weight to the largest in the 20 kilogram (45 pound) range. Versions in two sizes by shoulder measurement have been introduced to the Kennel Club’s list of breeds.
The Klein variety should measure between 23 and 29 centimetres (9 and 11½ inches), while the Mittel stands between 30 and 38 centimetres (12 and 15 inches). Otherwise the two should be identical in shape and characteristics. Interestingly, there are no restrictions on colour.
The German Spitz’s harsh outer coat coupled with his thick undercoat insulates him against all weathers. His high-set, well curled tail and his brisk movement give him an air of considerable importance in his bearing. He is not a difficult breed to maintain as long as his grooming is thorough.
An independent character with a happy outlook on life, the German Spitz makes an ideal pet, who is quite capable of living with old and young alike.
Vulnerable Native Breed
How much exercise?
Up to 30 minutes per day
Length of coat
How much grooming?
Town or Country
Type of home
Flat, Small or Large House
Minimum Garden Size
Over 12 Years
* If you are asthmatic or have an allergy, you should consult your medical advisor before considering obtaining a dog. More information can also be found on
the Kennel Club website
The Utility Breed Group
This group consists of miscellaneous breeds of dog mainly of a non-sporting origin, including the Bulldog, Dalmatian, Akita and Poodle.
The name ‘Utility’ essentially means fitness for a purpose and this group consists of an extremely mixed and varied bunch, most breeds having been selectively bred to perform a specific function not included in the sporting and working categories. Some of the breeds listed in the group are the oldest documented breeds of dog in the world.