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The Spitz Wolf, a dog full of liveliness

Full of liveliness and very affectionate, the Spitz-wolf also called Keeshond in Anglo-Saxon countries owes its name to its sublime silvery fur. This companion dog will delight families with its many qualities, including its courage and devotion to its masters.

Characteristics of the Wolf Spitz

A fox in the body of a teddy bear. If one were to describe the Spitz Wolf, it would certainly be this way. He is the largest representative of the Spitz type dogs. He can measure between 40 and 58 cm and weigh between 16 and 22 kg. It is a dog with a sturdy body that ends with a plume tail carried high on the back. The breed is recognizable by its head which resembles that of a fox. The broad skull becomes narrower and narrower and finally wedge-shaped. The ears are triangular, small, pointed, set high and well tucked up.

The Spitz-Wolf reveals a mischievous look. Its eyes are neither too small nor too large and are dark in color. Another specificity of the dog lies in its long, spread, straight and above all, very thick hair. The coat is thicker at the ruff and shorter, more velvety at the ears, head, feet and forelegs. Of course, the only coat allowed is wolf grey.

History of the Spitz Wolf breed

The Keeshond comes from the Arctic regions and is said to be descended from the Chow-Chow, Samoyed, Pomeranian Loulou and Elkhounds. It is said to be one of the oldest breeds in Central Europe. It is also nicknamed "great bargemen's dog" because it was used as a companion by bargemen on their merchant barges. It is in Holland that it was the most successful, and it was the Dutch who named it Keeshond. The Wolf Spitz is one of the few Spitz-type breeds that was not created for hunting, but only for guarding and companionship. The first registration in the LOF was made in 1937.

Necessary living conditions and behavior of the Spitz Wolf

As it is primitive, the Wolf Spitz is rather sensitive. Because of this character, it is said to be difficult to educate. In reality, as long as the master has experience in dog breeding, there should be no problem in the education of this dog. The latter is known to have a lively and courageous temperament. He is attentive, alert and above all very attached to his masters for whom he is ready for anything. One of the assets of the Wolf Spitz is that it adapts very well to life in the city. It does not need intense physical activity, but must take regular walks.

Diet and main health problems of the Spitz Wolf

Of robust nature, the Wolf Spitz is not however immune to some hereditary diseases specific to the breed such as alopecia, hyperparathyroidism or essential epilepsy. Normally, screening tests should allow to detect these pathologies on dogs before breeding. Hip dysplasia as well as skin problems should also be taken into consideration. On the food side, this dog is fond of raw meat and can eat bones to be gnawed, but he must not abuse it.