Ever heard the word “spitz” to describe a dog? Physically, most spitz breeds are characterized by a wolf-like appearance that includes pointy, pricked ears; almond-shaped eyes; a heavy, double coat; and a feathery tail carried over the back.
Many of the spitz breeds were bred for life in arctic climates, and they originated in Scandinavia, Russia, and North America. The wedge shape of their head — the word “spitz” in German means pointed — helps warm frigid air as it’s inhaled through the nasal passage. They also have a double coat to help keep warmth in and the harsh elements out.
There is no hard-and-fast definition of a spitz, because some breeds aren’t easily categorized, or their fanciers feel another classification is more appropriate. It’s estimated that between 50 and 70 distinct spitz breeds exist. Here are some of them:
As far as their temperament, spitz breeds were bred to work and are highly intelligent and active. Their tasks have ranged from helping hunters find game, to hauling sleds with heavy loads, to herding animals like reindeer.
Owners of spitz breeds understand that having a lint roller on hand is a must and enjoy getting exercise with their dog on a daily basis. They love these breeds for their expressiveness and their smarts — not to mention, most of them look like teddy bears when they’re puppies. To celebrate this fascinating canine consortium, here is a roundup of videos showcasing why so many people have made a spitz a member of their family.
Did they just become best friends?
Watch this ball of fluff take on the stairs!
American Eskimo Dog
This little white bear cub is sure to make you smile.
“No, it’s okay. You go to work. I’ll stay here and do this.”
Little pup goes for a ride.
“Got room for one more?”
Listen with the sound on. We promise it’s worth it.
“That’s my towel, thanks!”
One of the purest videos to ever grace Instagram.
We’d like to board this train, please.
Husky > Alarm clock. (Note: Huskies have no snooze button).
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