Indian Spitz at a glance

NamesStatusOrigin
  • Indian Spitz
  • Indian Pomeranian
  • Pomeranian
  • English Kutta
VULNERABLEIndia
Physical Traits
  • Type: Companion, Utility
  • Weight: Male 6 – 12 kg; Female 5 – 10 kg
  • Height: Male 40 – 45 cm; Female 38 – 42 cm
  • Coat: Double coat
  • Colour: Snow white, brown, and black
  • Litter Size: 4 – 9
  • Life Span: 10 – 14 years

The Indian Spitz dog

Alert Indian Spitz

The Indian Spitz is a native Indian dog that belongs to the Spitz-type of dogs. The Indian Spitz is popularly known as the Pomeranian dog in India, even though they are not related. Indian Spitz is the most popular native dog in India. One can find them throughout the Indian subcontinent.

Technically, the Indian Spitz dog is not native to India. These dogs were German Spitz brought to India by the British. The British cross-bred the German Spitz with Indian Pariah dogs to make them more adaptable to Indian conditions.

White Indian Spitz watching

The Indian Spitz is small, alert, and vocal, which makes them excel as an indoor guard dog. During the 1980s and early 1990s, the Indian Spitz was the most popular dog in India. Their adorable looks and loving character made them a highly sought after companion dogs. 

The Indian Spitz is well suited for apartment living and does well with a moderate amount of exercise. They make excellent family pets. People say, “once an Indian Spitz fancier, always a fancier.” These dogs have a remarkable ability to understand and bond with their human family.

History of Indian Spitz

Perfect profile pic Indian Spitz

Unlike most other native Indian dogs, the Indian Spitz is not an ancient breed of dog to originate in India. Finding the origins of this dog should be straight forward. However, to our surprise, there are no records of how this dog came to India.

So we turned our attention to investigate this dog to see if we can pinpoint the ancestors of this dog. We used the following approach to carry out our investigation.

  1. Searching through the internet
  2. Interviewing native dog experts
  3. Reading old newspaper articles

Searching the web did not provide the answers. All that we could find was a bunch of blog posts that said this dog was introduced by the British to India.

We went through books by the British during the late 1800s and early 1900s. We could not find any references. We then turned our attention to old newspaper archives. The newspapers had the answers we were seeking.

Indian Spitz 1879 newspaper clipping of a dog show in India
  • As early as 1879, Times of India reports a dog show held in Bombay. Pomeranians were part of the dog show.
  • Another piece published in the Times of India talks about a Pomeranian belonging to a British regiment in India.
  • We found several articles of Pomeranian dogs sent to India. These articles do not indicate who the recipients were but state that Poms were sent overseas to India. 

From these reports, it is clear that several Pomeranians were brought to India by the British in the later 1800s.

By looking at historical records, it is evident that the ancestors of the Indian Spitz came to India during, 1850 to 1870 period. The Spitz popularity brought these dogs to our shores. Since then have adapted to Indian conditions through selective breeding and possibly interbreeding.

Why is the Indian Spitz, also called the Pomeranian? 

White Indian Spitz lying down

The Indian Spitz, even to this day, goes by the name Pomeranian or Indian Pomeranian. Technically the Spitz-type dog is a dog that is characterized by fluffy hair, pointed ears, and muzzle. Pomeranian is a Spitz-type dog from Poland.

In the 18th century, Italian Spitz or the Volpino Italiano was very popular in Britain. Queen Victoria owned several Spitz that she imported all across Europe. Pomeranian dog was the popular name for these Spitz-type dogs. 

The purpose of the Indian Spitz

Indian Spitz Jumping over

The Spitz-type includes dogs that serve multiple purposes. Such as,

  1. Working dogs – Alaskan Husky is a Spitz-type working dog.
  2. Companion dogs – Volpino Italiano is a Spitz-type Companion. The Indian Spitz is another example of a Companion dog.
  3. Toy dogs – The Spitz-type also includes toy breeds such as the Pomeranian.

The indoor guard dog 

Indian Spitz listening

This dog is alert, has a shrill-bark, and is territorial. These traits make this dog an excellent indoor sentinel. Like the Lhasa Apso, this dog excels as an indoor guard. Highly tuned senses, coupled with an alert disposition, this dog is capable of chasing off intruders.

We want to remind our readers that this dog is also territorial, which makes them boisterous and loud dogs. A volley of shrill barks greets anyone who approaches this dog’s territory. You and your neighbors will have to get accustomed to waking up in the middle of the night.

The utility dog

Brown Indian Spitz lying down

Not many people know this about the Indian Spitz; this dog is a famous circus dog. They are highly intelligent, and their small size enables them to learn and perform amazing tricks. India’s renowned circus industry has always relied on this dog. 

An Indian Spitz, Tuffy, played a vital role in a classic 1994 hit Bollywood movie Hum Aapke Hai Kaun. Redo, a 6-year-old dog played a crucial role in the film. Interestingly the lead actress who worked with this dog adapted this dog after the movie.

Family companion

Black Indian Spitz standing

The Indian Spitz, in most homes, is a family companion. People fell in love with this “English Kutta,” and they were the most popular dog in India in the 1980s and 1990s. Their snow-white coat, small size, intelligence, and adaptability made them prized companion dogs. 

This dog is a loyal and loving dog. They are good with kids, well-suited for apartment living, and compatible with other pets. If you are looking for a small companion dog that can thrive in Indian weather, choose this dog. 

The current status of Indian Spitz

Black and white Indian Spitz

The current state of this dog is no different from other native Indian dogs. Their popularity is declining, and people choose dogs such as the Lhasa ApsoWe assess their current state as vulnerable. With help, this dog can make a comeback. 

We believe it the responsibility of blogs such as barks.in to make the right information available. Once people understand the true nature of these dogs, they will be empowered to make the best choice.

Import of non-native dogs

White Indian Spitz

An influx of dog imports is pushing the Indian Spitz. While this dog is also an introduced dog, 100s of years of selective breeding have made these dogs well-suited for Indian conditions.

We want to remind our readers that not all foreign dog breeds are compatible with Indian conditions. In our opinion, all dogs are great, however, for their well being choose ones that adapt well to our weather.

Neglect and lack of international recognition

Indian Spitz semi adult

Lack of international recognition is another factor that affects these dogs. There are no international Kennel Clubs that recognize this dog. These beautiful dogs are neglected at home and ignored internationally.

Physical traits of the Indian Spitz 

Indian Spitz physical traits

Establishing a breed standard helps breeders maintain the quality of the overall breed. It also helps potential pet owners identify the correct dog for their family. 

Our readers should kindly note that the Kennel Club of India does not officially recognize these standards. There are no published guidelines or breed standards for this dog. This breed standard is our earnest attempt to help revive this dog.

General Appearance

Happy brown Indian Spitz

The Indian Spitz is a small-sized dog that is compact, is proportionally sized, and has a fluffy coat. Unlike its European counterparts, this dog has slightly shorter hair.

The general appearance of the Indian Spitz has to be proportional. The length of the body from shoulder to thigh should be equal to the height at withers.

Head

Head Indian Spitz

The head should indicate the dog’s alert disposition. The muzzle is sharp, muzzle joins the head with a stop. The muzzle is shorter than the skull of the dog.

The nose should be on top of the dog’s muzzle and should not protrude beyond the lips. The nose is always black. The dog should have an even bite. The eyes of this dog is round, dark, and with a black eye rim. The lips, eyes, and nose should all be black.

The ears are set high and are close to each other. They must have erect, and triangular pointed ears. Floppy ears are a severe fault. The coat on the muzzle and ears is short and smooth.

Body

Indian Spitz body

The body of the Indian Spitz is square. These dogs have a straight topline. The legs are parallel to each other and straight. This dog has a deep chest with a moderately tucked abdomen.

The tail must curl over the back of the dog. Short or straight tails constitute a significant fault.

Coat and Colors 

Black and white Indian Spitz

The hair is straight, and long giving the dog a puffed-up appearance. Their hair is not soft or flowing, and hair should be harsh and standing. The fur on their neck should give an impression of being wrapped in muff. 

The Indian Spitz has three solid colors, they are.

  1. Snow white
  2. Brown
  3. Black

The most common color is white. Mixed colors are a fault.

Indian Spitz and its variants

The Indian Spitz has adapted to Indian conditions. As a result, the dog that we see today has distinct traits from its European ancestors. This dog occurs in three beautiful colors.

White Indian Spitz

Indian Spitz white

The white Indian Spitz is the most common among the three. They are beautiful. The notable feature of this dog is their round black eyes, nose, and lips. Black stands out amidst the fluffy white coat.

Black Indian Spitz

Black Indian Spitz

The black Indian Spitz is the least common among the three. This dog is entirely black as midnight. They have round black eyes, a black nose, and black lips.

Brown Indian Spitz 

Golden brown Indian Spitz

The brown or almost orange Spitz is the least common among the three. This dog, too, has black eyes, lips, and nose.

The temperament of the Indian Spitz 

Indian Spitz happy

The Indian Spitz has a feisty character. Their cute looks should not deceive one. This dog is aloof and works based on mutual respect. They are not the type that is eager to please no matter what. The only way to earn their trust is through mutual respect.

This dog is intelligent and can understand people’s minds. These dogs are capable of modifying their behavior depending on the mood of their master. They are playful, happy when their master is happy, and are solemn if their master is sad.

We recommend proper training while they are young to avoid resource guarding in this dog. Remember, these dogs are territorial and can assume pack leadership. Without adequate training, these dogs can become aggressive. These dogs are also known to bite.

Care of the Indian Spitz 

Indian Spitz resting

The Indian Spitz is well-suited for Indian conditions. They are sturdy dogs with excellent disease resistance. The average life span is 12 years, and they remain active most of their doggy years. 

The fluffy coat of the Indian Spitz requires regular grooming. Being active dogs, they tend to get dirty. We recommend daily grooming coupled with once in two weeks’ bath. 

The Indian Spitz does not need any commercial dog food. Most people who own these dogs provide them with homemade food. We have also known these dogs to live in vegetarian and egg-based diets. 

Overall the Indian Spitz is an excellent family companion that thrives in Indian conditions.

Essential aspects of Indian Spitz’s care

As pet-parents, it is necessary to understand our dogs fully. The Indian Spitz’s coat requires special attention. We hope the below section helps you know your dog’s specific needs better.

Shedding

Indian Spitz after shedding

The Indian Spitz’s hair is fluffy and upright and does not float in the air. This dog sheds its coat, including the dense inner fur, twice every year. Shedding happens over 2 or 3 weeks. During this period, the dog loses its inner hair completely. With daily grooming and proper care, managing their hair is natural.

Can I get allergies from the Indian Spitz?

The risk of Indian Spitz’s fur, causing an allergic reaction in people, is quite low. Dog’s dander and flakes cause allergies in people. The Indian Spitz is not a hypoallergic dog. However, it does not mean you can get allergies from this dog. Daily grooming and care help to keep your dogs free of dander and flakes.

Grooming needs of the Indian Spitz

Brown Indian Spitz waiting for grooming

Any dog with long hair needs grooming. The Indian Spitz is no different. These dogs have fluffy, straight hair that will require your attention. Unlike other dogs, grooming the Indian Spitz is relatively easy. 

Grooming also helps remove debris that gets lodged into their hair. The grooming process helps you in several ways, such as.

  1. Helps maintain the dog’s hair
  2. Close interactions with your dog increase the bond between you and your dog
  3. Long hairs on the Indian Spitz will hide minor wounds or infections. Grooming them will help you monitor your dog’s health more closely.

We recommend that you have a daily grooming routine. These are small dogs, and you will need to spare just 10 to 15 minutes each day.

Getting the dog accustomed

Indian Spitz relaxing

The best time to start grooming is while your Indian Spitz is a puppy. Remember, the Indian Spitz is no pushover. Make the grooming process enjoyable for your dog. Start slowly, introduce the dog to its brush. Give them treats when you are getting ready to handle them. Dog’s love when you appreciate them and pat them.  

These little things will teach the dog to enjoy the grooming process, at the same time, help you unwind from your daily chores. We love to spend time with our dogs, and our dogs love it when we spend time with them.

Dealing with mats and tangles

Indian Spitz hair

The Indian Spitz has straight hair, the chance of mats and tangles are less. However, all long-haired dogs are prone to tangles. Follow these steps to manage tangles gently.

  1. When you hit a mat or tangle, gently comb through it with a downward motion.
  2. If this does not work, you can use tools such as mat-splitter, and tangle tweezer to break up tangles.
  3. For dealing with intricate knots, use a grooming spray. 

If you establish and follow a daily grooming schedule, you will not have to contend with issues of mat or tangles.

Exercise requirements of the Indian Spitz

Jumping Indian Spitz

This dog is alert and active. Despite their small size, these dogs need regular exercise. Their ancestors were working dogs. Take your dog for a walk each day. They are not well-suited for jogging or intense workouts.

A 15 to 10-minute walk should keep your Indian Spitz in top condition. Learn how to walk your dog. The proper way to walk your small dog is to use a leash and a collar that fits their size. Carry some treats along with you. You can use it to reward good behavior while walking.

The trainability of the Indian Spitz 

White Indian Spitz Running

This dog is highly intelligent and easy to train breed of dogs. Spitz-type dogs, specifically the smaller ones like the Indian Spitz, can be taught to perform tricks. 

The Indian circus industry has relied on this dog for many years. Trainable, adorable, and intelligent, these dogs are truly versatile. When training, it is vital to understand your dog’s mental character. Not all dog breeds are the same; aligning your training methods to suit your dog will make it fruitful.

We recommend positive reinforcement training, it works the best for this dog. It is a simple method. Divide the entire training into smaller and more manageable steps. Every time the dog obeys a command, reinforce the positive behavior with a treat or something that the dog likes.

Nutritional needs of the Indian Spitz 

Indian Spitz after a meal

The Indian Spitz is a small dog, as pet-parents we to plan their nutrition based on their size. Small dogs need about 80 calories for every 1 kg of their weight. Please note, this is just a rule of thumb. The nutritional needs for your dog depend on several factors such as age, activity levels, type of food, etc.

This dog has adapted to the Indian way of life. They thrive in homemade food. Remember to avoid spicy food for dogs. Chicken, veggies, eggs, rice, etc. are an excellent choice for these dogs.

Diet chart for Indian Spitz

Follow the simple diet-chart below for your dog.

AgeWeight (kg)Quantity  in grams Meals
2
months
1 to 250 to 754
3 months2 to 375 to 1003
6 months3 to  5125 to 2502
Adult7 to 9250 to 3002

 Health issues 

Indian Spitz on guard

This dog is accustomed to Indian weather and is a disease-free dog. The following are some commonly seen health issues with this breed of dog.

  • Seizures: Seizures are life-threatening and frightening convulsions that occur in dogs. Seizures are electrical misfiring in the brain that causes the suffering animal to lose control. Consult your vet if you notice seizure in your dog.
  • Hypothyroidism: In this condition, the body doesn’t produce enough thyroid hormone. The symptoms include dry skin and coat, hair loss.
  • Mange: A microscopic mite infestation causes Mange in dogs. The signs include hair loss, itchy skin, and other skin related issues.
  • Patellar Luxation: This is another joint-related issue that affects this dog. The knee slips out of its socket, causing the dog to lose its balance. 
  • Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca (Dry eyes): Some dogs have dry eyes. The lack of aqueous tear causes their cornea to become dehydrated. Keep the hair out of their eyes to prevent this.

Natural remedies for Indian Spitz

Indian Spitz Sitting

The Indian Spitz is resistant to most canine diseases seen in India. Below are some home handy home remedies that can be a useful first line of defense. You can read about home remedies for dogs in our detailed post.

  • Dermatitis: Treat Dermatitis with a mixture of crushed Aloe Vera mixed with coconut oil and apply it over the dog’s body.
  • Deworming: Young Neem leaves are crushed and then ground into a paste. This paste is rolled into pill-sized balls and dried in the sun. Feed one pill for adults and puppies feed half.
  • Cuts: Treat cuts and minor injuries with a paste made out of turmeric and coconut oil. Watch out; turmeric is bright yellow, your white dog will be yellow for a few days. Turmeric is washable in water.

Interesting Facts about the Indian Spitz 

Indian Spitz sleepy
  • This dog has European ancestry. They are descendants of either the German Spitz or the Volpino Italiano dogs.
  • This dog was introduced by the British in India between 1850 to 1875.
  • Since they were introduced by the British, these were called “English Kutta” or the Englishman’s dog.
  • This is a famous circus dog. They can learn and perform many tricks.

When to choose an Indian Spitz?

People adopt this dog for the reasons below.

  • People adopt these dogs while needing a companion dog that is well-suited for Indian weather.
  • A dog that has excellent disease resistance and is care-free.
  • A dog to live as a companion in their apartments.
  • As an indoor sentinel, to protect homes and as an indoor guard dog

How to identify the original Indian Spitz?

Indian Spitz Traits

This dog belongs to the Spitz-type dog. They occur in snow white, black, and brown colors. 

We urge you to read about these dogs in this post. Learn how to identify them by going through the breed standards. Before choosing this dog, you should understand their temperament. These dogs are small, alert, and are excellent companions.

What is the price of Indian Spitz?

The table below is a comprehensive city-wise price list for the Indian Spitz dog. All pups are in two categories.

  1. Pet quality – Pet quality pups are dogs that have some minor faults in them that are typically not noticed. For instance, dogs with overshot or undershot jaws. These are faults in the show ring. These are so minor that most pet owners will not notice it.
  2. Show quality – Show quality dogs are meant for the show ring and are more expensive than the pet quality puppies. Remember, pet quality and show quality pups can be from the same litter.

Indian Spitz price list by city

We want our readers to note,  most (90%) pet owners cannot differentiate between pet and show quality pups. Unless you are planning to show your dogs, pet quality dogs should be perfect.

Recommended Reading: Dog prices in India

CityPet QualityShow Quality
Chennai₹3000 to ₹6000₹8000 to ₹18000
Delhi₹4000 to ₹8000₹10000 to ₹18000
Guwahati₹2500 to ₹5000₹7000 to ₹15000
Kolkata₹3000 to ₹6000₹8000 to ₹15000
Mumbai₹4000 to ₹8000₹10000 to ₹18000
Odisha₹2500 to ₹5000₹7000 to ₹15000
Patna₹2500 to ₹5000₹7000 to ₹15000
Pune₹2500 to ₹5000₹8000 to ₹18000

Where to buy an Indian Spitz?

Happy brown Indian Spitz

When buying an Indian Spitz, choose a breeder who cares more about the breed than money. Never buy dogs from people whose sole intention is profit for the following reasons.

  • Someone who is a breeder of profit will not care about well being of their dogs. The quality of their dogs will be questionable.
  • Some breeders run puppy mills where dogs they keep their dogs in confined spaces and without proper care.
  • Poorly treated dogs tend to be aggressive and nervous.

Choose a breeder who has experience in working with these dogs. Visit dog shows and meet breeders and their dogs. Before buying a pup, visit the breeders home see the dog’s parents.

How can I save the Indian Spitz? 

Indian Spitz puppy playing

You can do any one of the below.

  • If you are looking for a companion dog, then choose this dog over a Lhasa Apso.
  • Promote them on social media. All of us have a social presence; sharing articles creates awareness and dispels misinformation. 
  • Visit dog shows and encourage the native dog breeders.

Conclusion

Black Indian Spitz

In our opinion, Indian Spitz is the best companion dog in India. They are cute, alert, and well-equipped to thrive in Indian conditions. If you are looking for a dog that can live with you in your apartment and be an excellent companion for kids, then choose this dog.

We urge our readers to choose a native dog as their next dog. If you are unable to, the least you can do to save them is to share this post on social media to increase awareness. Native dogs need your help!