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.

Keeshond in play mode


The Keeshond is quite distinctive with its grey coat tipped with black and 'spectacles' around its eyes. Originally called the German Wolfsspitz, when they arrived in England around 1900, they were called 'Dutch Barge Dogs'. This was because they guarded the gangway of the numerous barges of Holland while their masters went ashore. Re-named the Keeshond by the Kennel Club ... »» Read more...

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...

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...

German Spitz Rampant crop

German Spitz (Mittel) and (Klein)

'German Spitz', from small to large sizes in between, have existed as Esqiumaux Dogs since the earliest civilisations. Today, the different breeds of German Spitz are distinguished by their height and colour. When 'pure breed dogs' came into existence, Stud Books and Breed Standards defined these modern breeds with new names. German Spitz (Klein) and German Spitz (Mittel) are modern ... »» Read more...

German Spitz Large

German Spitz (Giant) Volpino Italiano and American Eskimo Dog

This section contains breeds which are closely connected to our Non-sporting Spitz breeds. For example, pictured is the FCI recognized Giant Spitz (FCI 97), the largest of the German Spitz family, which is 49 cm (plus or minus 6 cm) tall but not yet recognized in Australia. »» Read more...

Lundehund Head

Eurasier, Lundehund and Canaan Dog

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