He is the new star of advertising and social networks. With its rebellious and cheerful temperament, its Lilliputian size and thick silky fur, the dwarf spitz is the latest fashionable seducer.
The one that has long been called “Pomeranian loulou” is one of the five varieties, the smallest and the best known, of the German spitz. Very old, the breed seduced many artists from the 18th century, such as the painter Gainsborough, and even dethroned the pug at the English court during the reign of Victoria. At the beginning of the xx thcentury, this joyful companion connoted “aristo”, repeatedly represented on the knees of the great (or rather the great) of this world – Marie-Antoinette, Catherine of Russia, the Empress Joséphine… – has become popular in the true sense of the term. Today, the one that we readily qualified as “janitor’s dog” is the most appreciated and sought after of all the spitz … “We are asked almost exclusively for dwarf spitz, notes Alexandre Bourgouin, founder of the Eternal Dreams breeding farm. . It is the ultimate small companion dog, perfectly suited to family life. “
SMALL BUT TOUGH
The evolution of the market is sociologically revealing: “Before, it was particularly appreciated by retirees or couples with children in their forties or fifties.
years. Today, he especially appeals to a very urban and much younger population, especially since he became a star on Instagram. “Specialist in the breed and more precisely in this dwarf variety,” from 18 to 22 cm, the same size as a chihuahua “, the breeder honestly insists on the differences from one variety to another:” A small spitz will resist better than a dwarf spitz to very long walks in rough terrain, because it has stronger joints. A dwarf spitz that jumps off a couch has a 50/50 chance of breaking a leg. I do not recommend it for families with young children. However, if the smallest of them remain skeletal fragile (like all dwarf races), all show astonishing endurance.
CLOSE TO HIS MASTER
Sophie Dinand, who admits having chosen this breed for “its cute look, half fox, half squirrel” and because she wanted “a small dog to take everywhere, but not a grandma’s dog”, can attest: “I ‘ takes Rocco and Ploum to the park every morning for a ride of one hour to one and a half hours, sometimes also in the evening. And I never need to wear them! They are extremely active, sporty and rustic little dogs who are not afraid of anything. “The proof: one day, a malicious individual wanted to get into Sophie’s car while she was at the wheel, at a standstill:” Rocco literally jumped in her face! No wonder that, because the dwarf spitz is very attached to its master. For Alexandre, it is even his main character trait: “The dwarf spitz needs the presence of its master. His pleasure is to be with him and to follow him everywhere. »Considering its small size, nothing could be simpler! “We can take him to the office, to the hotel, to the restaurant… and even on the plane in the cabin. In addition to his great intelligence and his very cheerful temperament, this exposure on social networks is one of the reasons for his success, ”concludes the breeder.