You have probably heard the phrase “adopt don’t shop”. Before we begin with this article, let me say first that I truly stand behind this statement. I think it is 100% better to adopt a dog than to give money to someone for producing more dogs into this world. When the time comes for me to get another dog some day, this is what I am planning to do, too.
However, the two German Spitz Mittels that I have had/have are both from a reputable, good breeder, and I don’t see anything wrong with this choice, either. It undoubtedly depends on many things. For example, you need to get to know this breeder well beforehand and be absolutely sure that he/she is doing a great job and is worth your money.
How do you know a good breeder then? Well, for one, he/she is not going to sell you a dog without getting to know you first. He will ask a lot of questions while making sure that the puppy will get into a good home. Don’t be bothered by these questions; he will only want to get to know you just like you will want to get to know the breeder. It goes both ways.
A good breeder knows the puppies and their personalities and is able to help you choose the right puppy for your family. Sometimes they will want to connect the puppies with the right families and you will have no say in the matter at all. In case you will get to choose, then it gets a bit trickier. They are all super cute. Which one should be yours?
How many puppies can a German Spitz have?
The first question in your mind probably is: “How many choices do I have? How many puppies can a German Spitz have?”
Most commonly there will be 3, 4, or 5 German Spitz Mittel puppies in a litter. A litter with 6 puppies is large, but on rare occasions there might be even 7 puppies. However, smaller litters are possible, too. A litter with just 2 puppies is rather common. Sometimes with back luck there will be only be 1.
Size variations with the German Spitz Klein litters are pretty much the same. Most commonly there will be 2, 3 or 4 German Spitz Klein puppies but just like with their bigger counterparts, a litter with even 7 puppies is within the range of possibilities.
Even when there are 6 or 7 puppies, it is very unlikely that you will have that many to choose from. First of all, it is possible that the breeder will want one of the puppies for himself, which means that he will get the first choice and you will only be second.
Most of the time you will have to wait a long time for your puppy to be born and it is possible that someone else has waited even longer. In other words, you are not the first in line and somebody else will get to pick their puppy before you. You will be left with fewer and fewer choices.
Can you pick a certain colored German Spitz?
You have probably seen pictures of German Spitzes and you are already aware of the fact that there are so many different colors! If you haven’t, you might want to go read my article What Does a German Spitz Look Like?
While looking at those pictures you are probably trying to decide which colors you would like the best. Maybe it is the orange sable or cream? No, wait. Maybe you want one that is pure white. Or no, black & tan would be super cool!
Unfortunately it is not that simple. You are probably not able to choose a color at all – unless you are ready to wait years and years.
Coat color genetics is a complicated matter and if you want to study it, go ahead. It will certainly be useful knowledge. However, if you are simply looking for a pet dog, you don’t need to know all those things. It is enough that you are aware that picking a certain color for your puppy is not going to be possible.
By looking at the parents of the puppy as well as the grandparents and their families you might have an idea of what to expect when it comes to the color of your unborn puppy. However, it is not uncommon that the breeder will be surprised, too, once the puppies are born. It is hard to make exact color predictions.
You should also be aware of the fact that the color of the puppy may be totally different from what it’s going to look like when the dog is all grown up. Well, most of the time you are able to know what it will turn out to be, but not always. For example, my gray Mittel is officially “sable” in the pedigree papers, because that is what the breeder thought that he would become. In reality he turned out to be something totally different.
Would you rather have a male or a female dog?
You may have already decided, but take another minute to think about this again. Are you absolutely sure of the gender?
Think about it: if the gender makes no difference to you, you may have up to 7 puppies to choose from, if you’re lucky. But if you definitely want a male or a female, you may end up with just 1 or 2 choices.
The gender is of course a big decision that will determine so much of your future and it is definitely something to be thinking about beforehand. However, it may not be as important as you make it to be.
For example, when I was getting my very first own dog I was sure I would get a male. But then when I went to see the puppies for the first time I quickly fell in love with a female puppy. I kept thinking whether there were any reasons why I couldn’t choose a female instead, and I couldn’t find a single reason why I couldn’t do that. That is how I ended up coming home with a female puppy instead.
Think about your life, your friends and your loved ones: does anybody of your closest people have a dog? Is this dog neutered/spayed? Would you be spending a lot of time together?
In general male and female dogs get along better than dogs of the same gender, but German Spitzes do get along with other dogs fairly well. The real problem may be when you have two dogs of the opposite genders and you should go on a holiday together just as the female dog is in heat. The last thing you want is a litter of unwanted puppies.
I bring this up so that you could think these through before you make your decision. There may be all kinds of aspects of this that a first time owner doesn’t even realize to think about.
If you want to read more about neutering and/or about how German Spitzes get along with other dogs I recommend these two articles that I have written:
I have experience with both female and male dogs and my take on this is that a female could probably be a bit easier than a male. This comes down to the natural heat cycle of a female: a female dog’s behavior changes according to the cycle and during heat she will be more difficult to train. However, this is just a short period of time, while with male dogs it is not so. Male dogs are always ready to reproduce and this desire may be more powerful than your training methods.
Overall, I would say that the dog’s personality determines more of your future than the dog’s gender and that’s what you should focus on.
Finding the right match for your personality
This is where you’ll find that it is really important to find a good breeder. With a good one you will get a chance to get to know the parents of your unborn puppy and if possible, some more of the doggy family, too. Personality of the dog is hereditary: a lot of the characteristics that you’ll see with the parents will be a part of your puppy as well. How soon will the mother of the puppies come to greet you? Is she fearful? Happy? Cuddly? This is how you will see what your puppy will be like.
Not all of the puppies are going to be the same, though. Their personalities will certainly differ from one another and here’s how a good breeder will be able to help.
The breeder has spent a lot of time with the puppies and he has been there every day since their first day on this earth. He has learned what their personalities are like. Once a good breeder like this is getting to know you and the others that are looking for puppies, he will be able to determine which puppy should go to which family. Sometimes he won’t even let you make a decision, while at other times he would let you decide all the while helping you along the way.
For example, if you have a family with kids and you live an active life with lots of things going on, you should not pick the calmest and shiest one of the puppies. For you, the ideal choice would probably be the puppy that is the first one exploring and trying out new things.
On the other hand if you are more of an introvert and looking for the first dog of your own, the calm little guy could be a perfect match. That one will probably be a lot easier to train and will be a better fit with your peaceful lifestyle.
If you are interested in dog shows your breeder will be able to help you pick the promising show dog among the puppies. If you are interested in other hobbies, such as dog agility and obedience, your breeder will be able to help with these characteristics, too.
German Spitzes are the cutest dogs in the world! However, don’t let their looks fool you into buying the first dog that you see. It is important to look around, get to know the breeders and find a good breeder; one that you like, get along with and are willing to give quite a bit of money to.
Don’t ever buy a dog from a pet shop because those dogs are often produced in awful puppy mills. You would end up supporting crimes against animals and most likely you would only get a sick puppy for yourself. When you buy a puppy like that you will pay criminals so that they can continue with the crimes.
The time you’ll have to wait for a good German Spitz puppy may seem like an eternity, but I can tell you it is worth your time. Once you get a good puppy, one that matches your personality, it is the best thing you could ever ask for. Remember, good things come to those who wait. Best things come to those who wait the longest.