dogs are a type of dog, characterized by long, thick, and
often white fur. They have pointed ears. The spitz tail is usually curled
over the back.
exact origin of Spitz is not known. Most of the
Spitz-types seen originate from the Arctic regions. The type was
described as Canis pomeranus by Johann Friedrich in his revision of
Systema naturae in 1788.
is no archaeological evidence showing transition stages between the wolf and
the Spitz-type dogs. Skeletal remains up to 5 000 years old,
suggest it's more likely that his ancestors mated with
wolves. In recent genetic tests, a lot of Spitz-types were found
to be in the group closest to wolves.
The correct German plural is Spitze, though Spitzen is commonly used
in the United States.
About 3000 years ago, dogs began to migrate from the Arctic into Asia, Europe, North America,
Europe and to a lesser extent, Africa. Many
Spitz-types migrated into Mongolia and Siberia. Over the centuries,
many dogs were transported by humans to Japan from Manchuria. These Asian Spitz types are the ancestors of
the Akita Inu and the Chow Chow.
Spitz types have been developed,
selective breeding, to fit three purposes
helping humans: herding, hunting and pulling sleds.
charming look of the Spitz-type, with its thick fur, small muzzle and ears
tail, have caused several people to create
non-working Spitz dogs designed to be lap dogs or companions. This trend is most
evident in the Pomeranian, which was originally a larger dog with the size of a Keeshond before being bred down to make an
acceptable court animal and is also regarded by some today as to being a 'prop' type dog. The
Wolfsspitz variation of the
German Spitz, the Keeshond, known as the national dog of the Netherlands, is an
loyal and affectionate, albeit very energetic, dog.