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spitz keeshond

Spitz-type 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.

The 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.

There 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, through selective breeding, to fit three purposes helping humans: herding, hunting and pulling sleds.

The charming look of the Spitz-type, with its thick fur, small muzzle and ears and curled 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.