The Indian Spitz is a close relative of the German Spitz, which is their main ancestor. When the Brittish came to India, they brought many dogs with them and some of them were German Spitzes. Because it was hard for German Spitz to withstand the heat of India, they tried to adapt them to it by delicate breeding with some local dog breeds. After years of breeding, they created a new Spitz type of a dog, which is better suited for Indian environment and weather and they called it as Indian Spitz.
The Indian Spitz is one of the most popular and most common Indian dog breeds. They were especially popular during the 1980s and 1990s, when it was almost impossible to import foregin dog breeds to India. During this time, the Indian Spitz was extremely popular.
The main purpose of Indian Spitz is to be a great companion and family dog. Their pleasant, playful and lively personality makes them very good companion dogs! This is a very loyal, loving and affectionate breed, that can be good partner for kids. Of course, the kids should be old enough to know how to treat small and fragile dog gently and with respect. The Indian Spitz can also live with
other dogs and other pets in the family, especially if they are raised together from the puppyhood.
4) Two Sizes
The Indian Spitz comes in two different size variants. Both types have the same body and temperament, the only difference is the size of thier body. The smaller type is known as Lesser Indian Spitz and its height is between 22-25 cm, which is 8-10 inch and weight is between 5-7 kg which is between 11-15 lbs. The bigger, Greater Indian Spitz is between 12-20 kgs heavy and 35-45 cm tall, which is 26-44 lbs and 14-18 inch.
5) Other names
The Indian Spitz is known under some other names. The first is English Kutta, which is reminds the fact that these dogs came to India from Great Britain and Kutta can be translated as dog. These dogs are sometimes also called as Indian Pomeranian, which is because of their appearance similarities with the Pomeranian, but those two are completely unique and separated breeds.
6) Indian Spitz vs Pomeranian
So you already know, that the Indian Spitz is sometimes known as Indian Pomeranian and indeed, on a photograph, they do look pretty similar. But there are important differences. The most obvious differences are, that the Pomeranian is much lighter and smaller dog breed and that the coat of Indian Spitz is not so fluffy, it is much shorter. The Pomeranian also has rounded ears flatter flatter face. The Indian Spitz ears are more pointed.
These dogs have quite thick and dense coat. But even though, the coat is very dense, it should not be shaved even in very hot weather and it should be left natural. Most Indian Spitz dogs are completely snow white, but they can also be in black or dusky brown color.
One Indian Spitz, named Tuffy, became a Bollywood star in 1994. He appeared classic movie Hum Aapke Hain Kaun, where he played a crucial role. The main actress from this movie, Madhuri Dixit, adopted Tuffy after the movie.
The grooming and maintenance is not extremely hard with the Indian Spitz, but they do need regular brushing to keep their fluffy coat good looking and in good condition. These dogs do shed quite a lot and the regular brushing will also minimize the shedding a little bit. Other than that, this is pretty clean dog that does not need much bathing, only when its really necessary. Other than that, you should regularly check the dogs ears, eyes, nails and teeth and clip them or clean them if needed.
This is usually healthy dog breed with average lifespan between 12-14 years. Of course, just like all dogs, they can suffer from some health issues. Those include some joint and bone problems such as hip dysplasia or patellar luxation, hypothyroidism, some eye problems and allergies.