German Spitz Dogs Information And Characteristics

In the FCI, term German Spitz actually represents a group of five very similar Spitz type dogs that originated in Germany – the Wolfspitz, Grossspiz, Mittelspitz, Kleinspitz, and Zwergspitz. These five varieties of dogs have more or less identical personalities, but they differentiate in size, weight, and color of their coats. The Grossspiz, Mittelspitz, and Kleinspitz are oldest of these dog breeds. They are descendants of Spitz type herding dogs brought into Europe by Vikings somewhere around 1450. During the following hundred years, these Nordic dogs have evolved through selective breeding into the first three variants of German Spitz dogs. The Wolfspitz and Zwergspitz are actually descendants of these initial German Spitzes, as well as Volpino Italiano, Alaskan Eskimo Dog, and Japanese Spitz. Unfortunately, today these younger breeds are slowly but surely replacing authentic German breeds, whose numbers are constantly dwindling. Continue Reading →

Volpino Italiano Dog Information And Characteristics

The Volpino Italiano or Italian Foxy dog is a breed originating, as its name suggests, from Florence, Italy. This dark-eyed Spitz dog belongs to the strain “volpinoide“. It was developed from a German Kleinspitz breed, with whom it shares many traits. This dog is included in the European Spitz group in the class of primitive dogs. During the Renaissance, he was the usual companion of Italian royalties, especially royal women. Judging by his “fancy” look with that soft, long coat, it is quite understandable why. At first sight, this Florentine Spitz looks like a real fashion thing. Yes, he is a small dog, but don’t let that fool you! He is very brave, a true fighter ready to oppose everyone threatening his owner’s family and property. Main characteristics of Volpino Italiano dog are playfulness, alertness, curiosity, high intelligence, loyalty, fearlessness, and courage. This dog is not so agile, but has a lot of energy. So, the daily exercises are necessary. Continue Reading →