These 15 spitz dog breeds will make you wish you could move up to the north, buy some sledges, and enjoy the eternal winter.
From Santa dogs to domesticated pups that were once excellent hunters… this list has them all.
What’s common for all spitz dogs is that they can go through ice and snow and don’t feel tired.
The popular Siberian Husky is one of these dogs. But, who are the rest?
Let’s meet the spitzy pups!
We start with the leader of the cutest dog breed group. Pomeranians are one of the most popular toy dogs, and they come in teacup versions, too!
The Pomeranian is super popular because he’s super sweet and easy-going. What’s so unique about Poms is that they’re the only spitz dog breed that has always been used as companions. Many notable historical figures had Poms as trusted pets.
The only downside of these fluffy pups is their high price. Okay, okay… their fluffiness is also the reason why they’re not hypoallergenic, so there’s another minus for this breed.
Their fluffy, dense coat in lots of silvery-gray shades makes their ancestry pretty obvious. No wonder the Keeshond is called this way! Did you know that it actually stands for wolf dog?
While you might assume that the Keeshond is as dangerous as a wolf, that’s not anywhere near the truth. Keeshond dogs are quite friendly and playful… a bit too cheerful, if I might add.
These medium-build dogs of exceptionally good looks come from the Dutch waterways. These aren’t working dogs, but they excel as guardians.
3. Finnish Lapphund
The Finnish Lapphund is a dog that originally comes from a part of Finland called Lapland. So, yes… you can say these are Santa’s dogs. While Santa prefers his reindeers, these doggos were (and still are) favorites of the Lapp or Sami people living in this area.
The Finnish Lapphunds are surprisingly calm and without temperamental outbursts. They’re super intelligent dogs and capable of performing various tasks successfully. For example, thanks to their great agility, Lapphunds are masters of sport competitions.
4. Alaskan Malamute
There is a difference between the Alaskan Malamute and the Siberian Husky, although many people think they’re the same. The Alaskan Malamute is a breed of its own, recognized by the AKC. As you may assume, they’re friendly and caring, just like Huskies.
However, there’s more to these dogs than just acting all caring and sweet. Malamutes are extremely hardworking, and are known as the oldest sled-pulling dogs. With a thick coat that comes in several colors, Malamutes can survive even the harshest winters.
5. Norwegian Lundehund
Of all the spitz dogs here, the Norwegian Lundehund is the rarest one. Although lots of these spitz dogs look similar, the Lundehund is truly one of a kind.
Several physical traits make these dogs unique, such as the extra toe and the toepad, as well as a bendy neck that can go way back and touch the spine.
Such an agile and special body allows Norwegian Lundehunds to hunt puffins. Believe it or not, Lundehunds are excellent puffin hunters. When they’re not after these black and white birdies, Lundehunds enjoy lots of mental games to stay fit.
6. Chow Chow
Although you wouldn’t say this at first, Chow Chows are definitely spitz dogs. As a matter of fact, Chow Chows are one of the first spitz dogs. This is an ancient breed from China, dating back to the early dynasties.
Throughout their history, Chow Chows were always used as dogs of the noble people. They were protectors and companions, always ready to stay by their owners’ side.
Chow Chows are truly impressive in every possible way. You’ll fall for their incredibly good looks and lovely, fluffy coat in many stunning shades.
7. American Eskimo Dog
Here’s a spitz dog breed that isn’t quite what they look like. The American Eskimo Dog may sound like the true, 100% American dog breed, but he really isn’t. These dogs are not originally from America or any part of the country where the Eskimos live.
The American Eskimo Dog is actually a descendant of the German Spitz – one of the original spitz dogs. The breed was brought to America and improved in the midwest where they ended up with their current name mainly because of Germany’s terrible publicity after WWII.
The American Eskimo Dog is a lovely and active dog, always ready to cheer you up anytime you need it.
8. Finnish Spitz
You’ll notice that a lot of spitz dog breeds look like foxes, especially when their coat is reddish. As dogs with pointy ears and muzzles, Finnish Spitz dogs are true examples of this group. But, it’s not only their physical appearance that makes them similar to foxes.
It’s their hunting instinct, too!
The Finnish Spitz is a terrific hunter, born to spot and catch birds. However, they don’t do this the way standard hunting dogs do. The Finnish Spitzs barks fast, like he’s a bit nuts, and even yodels to let you know he has spotted a bird.
Hence, the name, the Barking Bird Dog.
Have you met the world’s cutest smile? Of course, you’ve heard of Sammy’s smile! Samoyeds are super popular, and even sweeter in person. If you think a photo of them smiling is sweet, wait until you spend a day or two with these good bois and girls.
Samoyeds are never aggressive. They’re one of the friendliest dog breeds ever. Their huge heart is full of love for their owner, as well as for new people. Sammies love to be surrounded by dog lovers who adore them. They’ll show lots of love in return, too.
The huge grin, the sweet temperament, and the gorgeous fluffy coat will make you lose your mind over this dog breed.
10. Icelandic Sheepdog
Clearly, these were dogs used for herding purposes in Iceland. But, did their role ever change? Are these dogs still guarding sheep in Iceland? Believe it or not, the Icelandic Sheepdog is the only native dog breed you’ll find on this island.
Iceland, the island rich in greenery (what an absurdity), still favors these dogs as top-quality herding dogs. Take that… Border Collie!
If you ever get your paws on an Icelandic Sheepdog, you’ll enjoy his active temperament and the constant need to stay outdoors and sniff for an adventure.
11. Shiba Inu
Japan has only a handful of native dog breeds, and the Shiba Inu is one of them. As a matter of fact, Shibas are pretty old… ancient! They have successfully lived throughout the centuries and managed to build their reputation.
Although many people might consider Shibas to be aloof and dangerous, they really aren’t naturally aggressive. Still, you will need to train them properly if you want a dog that engages in your activities and doesn’t turn its back to sit in a corner.
12. Norwegian Elkhound
Surprisingly, one of Europe’s oldest dog breeds isn’t the German Shepherd or some kind of Bulldog. It’s a spitz dog named the Norwegian Elkhound.
As the name suggests, this pup comes from Norway’s farms, but their ancestors have served even the Vikings on their journeys across the world.
The Norwegian Elkhound is the ideal dog for harsh conditions, with its soft and dense, gray coat, and hunting instincts that would help him survive anything.
This guarding / herding / hunting dog is a favorite of Norwegian farmers, and a dog that won’t leave you without a comment.
13. Akita Inu
His buddy, the Shiba, is already on the list, so we had to include the other Inu… the Akita Inu. These dogs are just as special as Shibas, which are Japan’s oldest dogs. Back in the days, Akitas were used as hunting dogs, and they were quite successful doing it.
Modern-day Akitas are still trying to figure out their new living conditions where they have to be companions, so don’t get too surprised if your Akita ends up acting stubborn.
There’s more to this dog breed than just stubbornness and occasional aloofness.
Akitas are intelligent dogs with impressive physical skills and strength. Add their lovely fox-like appearance and you’ll get an admirable dog.
Akitas are so popular that we even have American and Japanese versions!
14. Siberian Husky
How can we forget one of the most popular spitz dog breeds? The Siberian Husky simply must be on the list today.
Their soft, pointy ears, long muzzle, sickle-shaped tail, and gorgeous dense coat in lots of Husky colors make these dogs superstars of this dog group.
Siberian Huskies are wonderful inside and outside. They’re always very friendly and cheerful. I would never doubt the Husky’s friendliness because these dogs were once even used as nanny dogs.
Huskies are excellent family dogs. If you want a loyal buddy that’s relaxed and ready to have fun all the time, this is the dog breed for you.
15. Swedish Vallhund
Lastly, here’s another spitz dog breed with an impressive Viking heritage. The Swedish Vallhund manages to survive throughout the centuries by serving humans as a terrific herding dog.
Even to this day, Swedish Vallhunds are being used to guard and herd livestock. These dogs aren’t just agile and fast when trouble arises. They’re intelligent and innovative, and will think of a solution in no time.
Unlike lots of spitz dogs that tend to be more independent and aloof, the Swedish Vallhund is actually a sweetheart, always looking for human companionship.
These 15 spitz dog breeds are really spitzy, don’t you agree?
As descendants of some of the oldest dogs in the world, spitz dogs were always considered something special. They could endure harsh conditions, work for hours, and still show appreciation for everything their human does for them.
These dogs are the true superstars of the canine world.