Lifespan: 13 – 15 years
Mass: 14 – 18 kg (Adult)
Height: 43 – 46 cm (Adult, At Shoulder)
Temperament: Agile, Obedient, Playful, Quick, Sturdy, Bright
Origin: Netherlands, Germany
Wolfsspitz, who has become quite rare by now, has a tremendous amount of insight, is attentive, versatile and affectionate to his owner. Through his original use as a guard and watchdog, he has received until today a certain distrust of strangers. The Wolfsspitz appreciates the company of its owners and, with appropriate socialization and education, is also suitable for families with children.
Origin & History
Wolfsspitze are the oldest Central European dog breed as descendants of the Stone Age peat dog and the later pile top. Spitz used to be a dog of the people - farmers and "simple" people. Here they had a variety of tasks as a guard dog, companion dog and sometimes as a herding dog or Pied Piper. Abroad they are also known as Keeshond. The race owes this name to the leader of the Dutch People's Party, who around the year 1781 had a Wolfsspitz as his constant companion. The name of this Dutchman was "Corneli de Gyzlar", called "Kees". In this way, the "Hond" of the "Kees" as Keeshond became the mascot of the patriot party. Compared to other breeds Wolfsspitz experienced an upswing during World War II,
Racial characteristics of Wolfsspitz
The withers height of a full-grown wolf tip should be 43 to 55 cm according to the standard, 49 cm are ideal. An ideal body weight is not set in the standard, but it should be appropriate to the size of the dog.
The Wolfsspitz has long and straight protruding coat hair and thick and short undercoat. The entire body, except for the ears, head and front of the forelegs and hind legs, is strong and long-haired. The coat is silver-gray with black hair tips and is also called "gray-clouded".
The general appearance of Wolfsspitzes is characterized by its lush coat. The upper body line merges with a gentle sweep from the ears into the straight back. This continues into the strong and broad loin, ending in a broad but short croup. From this rises the high set and heavily feathered tail, which is rolled directly from the approach on the back and rests firmly on this.
The head of the wolf tip is medium sized and narrows wedge-shaped from the occiput to the tip of the nose. The eyes are almond-shaped, medium in size and slightly oblique. The neck is medium long and broad at the shoulders.
Wolfsspitz essence & character
The Wolfsspitz is a basically friendly and intelligent dog. With loving and consistent education, he becomes a pleasant and quiet companion, having fun with a variety of tasks. Like every dog, the Wolfsspitz requires physical and mental workload, because of its versatility there are many possibilities. No matter if dog sport, track work or jogging companion, the Wolfsspitz simply makes everything he can do together with his family.
In keeping with his earlier use as a guard dog and a guard dog, some vigilance is still to be expected today. The Wolfsspitz does not tend to yap. He is usually suspicious of strangers, but does not become aggressive.
Use of Wolfsspitz
Even today, the Wolfsspitz is held mainly as a watchdog and companion dog, which turns out to be affectionate to his family. In addition, the Wolfsspitz is extremely adaptable and enjoys everything he can do together with his family. It is suitable for various dog sports such as agility, obedience or dog dancing, can accompany its owners during long hikes or while jogging and generally adapts easily to many life circumstances. The Wolfsspitz is also used successfully as a track, avalanche or rescue dog.