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This breed originates from Germany.

The group type is Northern, UKC.

The typical height is 19 to 24 inches.

The typical weight is 40 to 70 pounds.

The breed has a moderate activity level.

Special needs for this breed includes daily exercise, firm training, socialization, grooming, and cannot be left alone for long periods.

Possible health concerns include hip dysplasia, eye disease, luxating patellas, and temperament.

Physical Description:  The body shape is medium size and well balanced that is longer than tall. The head is wedge shaped with a strong jaw and tapering muzzle. It features slightly slanted, dark eyes. It has a thick bushy tail that is carried over its back. The ears are triangular prick and medium sized that are rounded at the tips. It has a double coat that is thick, medium length, and loose guard hair. The hair is short on its muzzle, face, ears and front legs, but has feathered hair on its back legs. The hair can be any color with the exception of white or liver.

Temperament:  A calm, self-confident dog that is loyal and devoted to its family, but is wary with strangers. It does not like to be left along, but makes an excellent watchdog since it is watchful and alert.

History of the Breed:  A modern breed that was created in the 1960s from mixing the Chow Chow, Wolfspitz, and Samoyed. It was bred to serve as a guard dog.

Owner type:  This breed requires an owner who is firm and well experienced that lives in either a suburban or rural environment.

Source- The Original Dog Bible, 2nd edition

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