The spitz originated as a European bred hunting dog. Nomadic tribes traveling to different regions bred the spitz to fit their needs, resulting in several spitz type breeds. Finnish spitz, Pomeranians, Japanese spitz and American Eskimo dogs are among the breeds descended from the German spitz. The spitz has a long, coarse outer coat and a soft, dense undercoat.
Brushing Your Spitz
Brush your spitz beginning at his tail and working to his head using a pin brush. Brush against the hair growth from the skin out with a gentle touch. Remove any knots with a slicker brush, separating small amounts at a time until they are removed. Finish up with a double toothed metal comb to be sure that all the knots are removed.
Bathing Your Spitz
The spitz does not require frequent baths. Once every 6 to 8 weeks is sufficient. After brushing your spitz, thoroughly wet his fur using a sprayer. Gently massage your spitz with a diluted dog shampoo starting at the head and working to the tail. Take care to thoroughly rinse the dense, water resistant undercoat of the spitz. A canine creme rinse can be used if desired.
Fluff Drying Your Spitz
Fluff drying your spitz helps remove loose fur. After towel drying the spitz brush his coat against the direction of the hair growth with a pin brush while holding a blow dryer over the area being brushed. Place your hand under the dryer occasionally to be sure it is not too hot. Thoroughly dry one section before moving to the next.
Proper Nail Trimming of a Spitz
Your spitz should have his nails trimmed every 2 to 6 weeks. Clipping the nails too short will cause bleeding. Your veterinarian or local groomer can demonstrate the proper way to trim nails. If you are not comfortable doing this it is recommended that you have it done by a professional.
Karen Mihaylo has been a writer since 2009. She has been a professional dog groomer since 1982 and is certified in canine massage therapy. Mihaylo holds an associate degree in human services from Delaware Technical and Community College.