Spitz Breeds (Non-Sporting)

Wine Jug 4 Century BCWine Jug 4 Century BC

This section includes those Spitz breeds that are classified in the Non-sporting Group in Australia. In this Group these are medium sized breeds whose functions are watch dogs and companions. They share the same history as other Spitz breeds which date back 4 centuries Before Christ as this ancient wine jug illustrates. 'Spitz' is a German word describing a thick double coated dog with a pointed muzzle, erect triangular ears, a stocky body, and a tail curved over the back.

Jap Spitz Tayla Couling of Snap it Quick Photography

Japanese Spitz

A medium sized white dog, the Japanese Spitz developed as a pure breed during the 1900's. He comes in only one size and although usually a companion or pet dog, he also makes an excellent watchdog. »» Read more...

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German Spitz (Mittel) and (Klein)

'German Spitz', from small to large sizes in between, have existed since the earliest civilizations. But when 'pure breed dogs' came into existence, Stud Books and Breed Standards defined today's modern breeds, sometimes with new names. German Spitz (Klein) and German Spitz (Mittel) are modern varieties of the original medium sized German Spitz. »» Read more...

Gross Spitz

German Spitz-like Breeds

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. »» Read more...

Schipperke profile on table


The Schipperke is a small, bouncy Belgium Spitz breed which is typified by his silhouette. Usually black and frequently born with a natural bob-tail, he has a unique outline. This is created by his dense coat which includes a thick mane, frill around his neck and good culottes at the back of his thighs. An ideal house and guard dog, ... »» Read more...

Lundehund Head

Other Spitz Breeds

This section includes the Caanan Dog which is recognized in Australia by the ANKC. But this section also features the fascinating Norwegian Lundehund which although is not ANKC recognized, deserves to be included in this section because of the specialized adaptation of its feet to enable it to work on the rocky snow-covered surfaces in the Northern Arctic region of ... »» Read more...