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They make for friendly and playful family companions.

  • Origin:

    Germany, Poland

  • Average size:

    Toy

  • Weight Range:

    1.4 to 3.2 kg

    Height Range:

    18 to 30 cm

  • Lifespan:

    12 - 16 years

    Bred For:

    They were originally bred to pull sleds and herd animals until much later, when they were bred down to become companion pets.

  • Characteristics:

    They are friendly, intelligent, sociable, extroverted, playful and active.

    Compatibility With Pets/Children:

    They love to play with older children and they get along well with other pets.

  • Health Risks:

    Allergies, epilepsy, eye problems, hip dysplasia, legg-perthes disease, patellar luxation, collapsed trachea, dental problems.

    Grooming Requirements:

    They need to be brushed and combed at least twice a week.

  • Exercise Requirements:

    They require 30 minutes of exercise a day.

    Nutritional Requirements:

    They require to be fed a high-protein diet.