German Spitz Related Breeds

German Spitz (GrossGerman Spitz (Gross

This section contains breeds which have either been placed in our Non-sporting Group in Australia, or are closely connected to our Non-sporting Spitz breeds. For example, pictured is the FCI recognized Gross Spitz (FCI 97), the largest of the German Spitz family, which is not yet recognized in Australia.

Volpino Italiano

Italy has its own medium sized usually white dog similar to the German Spitz. Called the 'Volpino Italiano' (FCI 195) Volpino being an Italian word meaning fox-like. He stands  25-30 cm high and can also be champagne coloured or red.

American Eskimo Dog

American Eskimo Dog (Std)American Eskimo Dog (Std)

From the German Spitz, America developed the American Eskimo Dog as a pure breed. In the early 1800's, when German immigrant farmers arrived and settled in the Mid-West part of America, they brought their culture with them. They also brought their medium sized German Spitz to be used as farm dogs. After World War One, these small white dogs became the ancestors of the 'American Eskimo Dog'. These famously performed in the popular travelling circuses, one of which was 'Barnum and Bailey'. The AKC also only recently recognized the American Eskimo Dog as a pure breed[1].

American Eskimo Dog (Mini)American Eskimo Dog (Mini)

The American Eskimo Dog is white Spitz breed which comes in Toy, Miniature and Standard size varieties. This breed was first registered with the United Kennel Club as American Spitz before its current name of American Eskimo Dog was adopted. The first two of these sizes of American Eskimo Dogs roughly correspond to the German Spitz (Klein) and the German Spitz (Mittel). In 1995 the American Kennel Club recognized the American Eskimo Dog in the 3 sizes we know today, the Toy, 22 - 30 cm (9 - 11 inches) , the Miniature 30 - 38 cm (12 - 15 inches) , and the Standard 38 - 48 cm (15 - 19 inches).

References and Further Reading

[1] AKC Eskimo Dog

[2] ANKC Breed Standard Extension