Top 10 Spitz Dog Breeds Dogs 101

You’re Watching Animal Facts! Spitz dog breeds are among the oldest and
most primitive dogs. Spitz breeds are a group of dogs, all of which
are characterized by their wedge-shaped heads, prick ears, and thick furry coats, suited
for living in harsh northern climates. As we’ll see, modern Spitz breeds range
from small companion dogs to large working breeds and pretty much everything in between. Let’s get to know some of these ancient
breeds. Let’s get started, but before we start,
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notification squad. 10. Canaan Dog One of the AKC’s oldest breeds, the Canaan
Dog is the national dog of Israel. The Canaan Dog is a primitive breed that has
survived in the desert region of Israel for thousands of years. Called Kelef Kanani, the Canaan Dog is believed
to be the breed that Hebrews used in biblical times to herd and guard their sheep flocks
and encampments, some are still used for this purpose in modern times. In Europe and North America, they are companion
dogs and compete in dog sports such as conformation, agility, and obedience. Although the Canaan dog’s heritage of desert
survival gives it a certain degree of independence, a Canaan Dog who’s been properly socialized
loves its family and is adaptable to many living situations. 9. Pomeranian Descended from large sled dog breeds, the
now-tiny Pomeranian has a long and interesting history. Developed from larger Spitz breeds in the
province of Pomerania, the Pomeranian Dog, long a favorite of royals and commoners alike,
has been called the ideal companion dog. Its glorious coat, smiling, foxy face, and
vivacious personality have helped make the Pom one of the world’s most popular toy breeds. Alert and intelligent, Pomeranians are easily
trained and make fine watchdogs and perky pets for families with older children. Poms are active but can be exercised with
indoor play and short walks, so they are content in both the city and suburbs. They will master tricks and games with ease,
though their favorite activity is providing laughs and companionship to their special
human. 8.. Keeshond According to the AKC, the amiable Keeshond
is a medium-sized Spitz dog of ample coat, famous for the distinctive “spectacles”
on his foxy face. Once a fixture on the canal barges of his
native Holland, the Kees was, and remains, a symbol of Dutch patriotism. Known for years as the “Dutch Barge Dog”,
the Keeshond is an old breed, once a companion and watchdog on the barges that traveled the
canals and rivers of Holland in the 17th and 18th centuries. But, being a people-lover, the Keeshond is
primarily a companion dog today and a beloved treasure of the Dutch people. The best way to make a Keeshond miserable
is to keep it separated from its family. The breed was born to be a companion and needs
to be involved in all parts of family life, from backyard barbecues to movie night. Pass the popcorn. 7. American Eskimo Dog Playful, Perky, Smart. The American Eskimo Dog combines striking
good looks with a quick and clever mind in a total brains-and-beauty package. Neither shy nor aggressive, Eskies, as they
are commonly called, are always alert and friendly, though a bit conservative when making
new friends. A companion dog, the Eskie comes in a small
package of 10 to 30 pounds. But, he has a big dog attitude toward life. The true origin of the American Eskimo Dog
is unknown. What we do know is that in the United States,
small, white Spitz-type dogs were commonly found in German immigrant communities, possibly
decedents of white German Spitz dogs, white Keeshond, or large white Pomeranians that
came to the Americas with their German families. They became collectively known as the American
Spitz dogs, which in 1917 were renamed to the American Eskimo Dogs, although it’s
unclear as to why. 6. Alaskan Malamute An immensely strong, heavy-duty worker, the
Alaskan Malamute is an affectionate, loyal, and playful but dignified dog recognizable
by his well-furred plumed tail carried over the back, erect ears, and substantial bone
structure. Everything about Mals suggests their origin
as arctic sled dogs: The heavy bone, deep chest, powerful shoulders, and dense, weatherproof
coat all scream, “I work hard for a living!” But their almond-shaped brown eyes have an
affectionate sparkle, suggesting Mals enjoy snuggling with their humans when the workday
is done. The Alaskan Malamute possesses tremendous
strength, energy, endurance, independence, and intelligence. Mals were originally sought to pull heavy
sleds over long distances as well as to hunt seals and polar bears. Now chosen primarily for companionship, Alaskan
Malamutes succeed in many dog sports, including conformation, obedience competition, weight
pulling, backpacking, and recreational sledding. 5. Samoyed (Featuring Yeti from Yeti’s Place) The number 5 place goes to the Samoyed. This is Yeti and he is a Samoyed. And, Samoyeds are known for their beautiful
smile and are also known for their friendly disposition. They’re great family dogs. They love everybody in the family, not favoring
one over the other. They love strangers too. So, be careful when a stranger comes over
because your Samoyed will race up to that stranger, wanting that stranger to pet them
and cuddle with them and give them all types of love and attention. They’re not a guard dog. They have high grooming demands and they like
to kiss too. At least my pup does. So, if you’d like to learn more about the
Samoyed, this wonderful breed, be sure to come check us out at Yeti’s place. Come hang out there with us. There’s a link in the card and in the description
below. 4. Shiba Inu An ancient Japanese breed, the Shiba Inu is
a little, usually weighing between 17-23 pounds, but well-muscled dog once employed as a hunter,
flushing birds, and small game. Today, the spirited, good-natured Shiba is
the most popular companion dog in Japan. Brought to America from Japan as recently
as 60 years ago, Shibas are growing in popularity in the West. The adaptable Shiba is at home in town or
country but needs plenty of room to romp and play. The Shiba learns quickly, but whether it chooses
to do what it’s asked is another matter altogether, which may make this breed a bit
frustrating for novice owners. In Japanese, the word “Inu” means “dog”,
and the word “Shiba” means “brushwood”, hinting to the breeds hunting origins. The Shiba is the smallest of the six native
Japanese breeds, which also include the much large Akita Inu, which we’ll visit in a
moment. 3. Siberian Husky Perhaps one of the more iconic breeds on this
list, at least for those of us in North America, is the Siberian Husky thanks in part to the
movie (and real-life legend) Balto. Weighing between 35-60 pounds, the loyal,
outgoing and mischievous Sibie packs a lot of strength and endurance onto a medium-sized
frame. Originating in the Siberian region to Russia,
the Siberian Husky we know today is a thickly coated, compact sled dog developed to work
in packs, pulling light loads at moderate speeds over vast frozen expanses. Sibes are friendly, fastidious, and dignified,
making them a great companion for patient owners with good dog training skills. 2. Chow Chow A bit more dignified and serious-minded dog
than the Sibie is the Chow Chow. An all-purpose dog of ancient China, the Chow
Chow presents the picture of a muscular, deep-chested aristocrat with an air of inscrutable timelessness. Their distinctive traits include a lion’s-mane
ruff around the head and shoulders; a blue-black tongue; deep-set almond eyes and a stiff-legged
gait. Owners say Chows are the cleanest of dogs:
They housebreak easily, have little doggy odor, and are known to be as fastidious as
cats. Well-socialized Chows are never fierce, but
always refined and dignified. They are aloof with strangers and eternally
loyal to loved ones. Serene and adaptable, with no special exercise
needs, Chows happily take to city life. Before we get to number one, here are some
Spitz breeds we’re going to have to skip over, for now, Finnish Lapphund, Finnish Spitz,
Icelandic Sheepdog, Norwegian Buhund, Norwegian Elkhound, Norwegian Lundehund, and the Swedish
Vallhund. 1. Akita Inu/Akita Few breeds get the honor of being dubbed a
national treasure. The Akita Inu, named for the Akita prefecture
of Northern Japan, has a known existence that goes back to the 1600s when the breed guarded
Japanese royalty and was used for hunting fowl and large game (including bears). The Akita Inu and the more westernized Akita
is a big, bold dog with a distinctly powerful appearance: a large head in contrast to small,
triangular eyes; and a confident, rugged stance. This breed is renowned for unwavering loyalty
to their owners, and they can be surprisingly sweet and affectionate with family members,
although not a good choice for first-time dog owners thanks to its large size and willful
personality. So, which of these breeds would you have in
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