ANKC BREED STANDARD
General Appearance: Compact, short coupled and well knit with an almost square outline.Firm condition,the profuse coat not disguising any lack of substance.
Characteristics: The German Spitz is intelligent,active and alert. It's buoyancy,independence and devotion to the family are breed characteristics.
Temperament: Happy,equable disposition, showing confidence, with no sign of nervousness or aggression.
Head And Skull: Medium large, broad and nearly flat skull when viewed from above and narrowing in a wedge shape to the nose. Stop moderately defined;
muzzle approximately half length of head. Cheeks clean. Flews tight, no trace of lippiness.
Nose: Black in black, white, black/white parti-colours, black/tan bi-colours. Self colour as compatible with coat colour in other colour varieties.
Never parti-colour or pink.
Eyes: Medium size, oval shaped and obliquely set. not too wide apart. Always dark with black rims in blacks,whites,black/white parti-colours,
black/tan bi-colours. As dark as compatible with coat colour in other colour varieties.
Ears: Small, triangular and set rather high. Perfectly erect.
Mouth: A perfect regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping the lower teeth and set square to jaws.
Black lips in black, white ,black/white particolours, black/tan bi colours. Colour as compatible with coat colour in other colour varieties.
Neck: Clean, moderately short and well set into the shoulders.
Forequarters: Moderately sloping shoulder; upper arm of sufficent length to ensure elbow is vertically belowpoint of withers. Moderate forechest.
Elbows equidistant between ground and withers, turning neither in nor out. Well-boned,straight legs. Pasterns strong and flexible.
Body: Length from point of shoulder to point of buttocks equal to height at withers; short, well developed loin. Moderate tuck-up.
Well ribbed-up and rounded. Distance from brisket to ground not less than half the height from ground to withers. Top-line level.
Hindquaters: Moderate angulation with hocks moderately well let down. Neither cow hocked nor wide behind.
Feet: Small, rounded, cat like, with well arched toes.
Tail: High set, curled right up from root, lying curled over back.
Gait/Movement: Moving without exaggeration from any angle. Straight coming and going. Viewed from side, effortless, brisk action, retaining topline.
Coat: All colour varieties and markings acceptable. Butterfly pigment not permitted with any colour.
Sizes: Height: Klein 23-29 cms (9-11.5 ins)
Mittel 30-38 cms (12-15ins)
Faults: Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded
in exact prportion to it's degree and it's effect upon the health and welfare of the dog.
Note: Males animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.
Peter & Debbie McNamara
Euroa, VIC, Australia
Phone : 0432387180
Email : [email protected]