Here’s a dog that looks like the German Spitz but is well acquainted with the Indian summers. That’s right, we’re going to talk about the Indian Spitz! In this article, we want to discuss everything you need to know about the Indian Spitz.
Indian Spitz Breed Information – A Brief History
It first came to India during the British rule and they were later popularized around the 1980s and 1990s mostly because of India’s strict import and export rules. It was near impossible to bring foreign breeds other than the German Shepherd or the Spitz.
Hence, over the years of breeding and development, breeders created a dog that looked a lot like the Samoyed, the Pomeranian and the German Spitz. In fact, they look a lot like the Pomeranian but they differed in terms of personality and were much more suited for the hot and humid climates in India.
The Spitz was further popularised by the movie ‘Hum Apke Hai Kaun’ in 1994. An Indian Spitz Rebo, who played Tuffy’s role in the movie, made the breed famous all over India. Soon enough, every Indian household started keeping the Indian Spitz. They became a cherished Indian breed loved by all.
The Indian Spitz is recognised by the IKC but not by the AKC which is why there is limited information on this breed. They are popular in India but not in the rest of the world.
The Indian Spitz looks a lot like a miniature Samoyed. They are usually all white although sometimes they can have a bit of brown on their fur – especially around their chest.
While many puppies are born with their ears upright it is normal for Spitz puppies to be born with droopy ears. Their ears are most likely to stand up within a few months.
While all dogs are expressive, these dogs are believed to be more expressive than others mostly because of their eyes. Their eyes are very light around the edges that they look almost human.
Their tails are loosely curled and very fluffy. Since they were originally bred from the German Spitz who were bred to hunt, these dogs have inherited a beautiful pointy nose and upright ears.
The Indian Spitz is around 35 to 45 cm tall from the shoulders and around 5 to 20 Kilos when they become adults.
Since the Indian Spitz isn’t identified as a separate breed by the AKC, they were never involved in tests regarding breed intelligence. But those who have an Indian Spitz will tell you that they are incredibly smart. They are well entwined with human emotions and are quick to understand how you are feeling.
They are sweet dogs. They love their family and on the contrary to other small dogs, are actually great with children. They can handle a lot of roughhousing compared to other dogs and it takes a lot for kids to annoy them. That being said no kid should ever annoy them. If you have kids in the house make sure they follow all the safety rules made for them.
They are also wary of strangers. Since they are smart, they are usually very quick to pick up on human behaviours and alert their family. They may not be the strongest but they are very good at alerting you when they encounter a suspicious person.
The best way to describe these dogs is by imagining a big dog in a small dog. Yeah, they have small legs and bodies but that doesn’t stop them from anything. If your Spitz is friendly, you can let them play with big dogs but keep an eye on them. If they feel threatened, they will attack bigger dogs. Size doesn’t scare them.
Don’t be fooled by their little size. These pocket-sized fur babies are bursting with energy!
As we said earlier, they are also very smart, which means that they need training. Since they are small dogs, many pet parents don’t spend time on obedience training. We feel that obedience training is a must for any dogs.
The Indian Spitz can develop small dog syndrome if they are not adequately stimulated both mentally and physically.
While obedience training is a must, they are capable of doing so much more. So, with patience and consistency, you can turn them into an ultimate trick dog.
The Indian Spitz is a generally healthy dog. They live up to 14 years.
Kidney problems are seen quite often in this breed but other than that they tend to live a good active life.
All dogs, whether big or small, need proper food and nutrition. Controlling their potions is also very important because obesity can lead to a host of health problems and it only gets worse when they grow older.
Avoid feeding them table scraps and make sure they have an active life. They should stay healthy and live long.
If you are planning to keep a dog in India the Indian Spitz is usually a good choice. They are not as expensive as other breeds in India. And, since they were born and bred in the Indian climate, they thrive in our temperatures.
Even if they are furry, the hot and humid climates don’t bother them a whole lot.
These little dogs are very furry and while they don’t have an intense grooming requirement they do need to be brushed – the more the merrier. Try to brush them at least once or twice a week to reduce the shedding.
Brushing will also get rid of mats in their fur so if you want a healthy and happy Spitz, give them a good brush. They usually love it!
Nail clipping is also a must. Usually, once their nails start making a clicking noise, it is a good indication to cut them. Cutting the front paw nails is usually enough to save you from scratches.
So, that’s pretty much everything you need to know about the Indian Spitz. Do you have an Indian Spitz? Or did you ever have one during your childhood? Let us know in the comment section below.