History of the Spitz Family
Archaeological evidence suggests that around 3,000 BC, wolves that lived in close proximity with humans in Arctic regions. Along with Bronze Age people, the wolf spread downwards from the North. Originally called Esquimaux dogs, when domesticated they became our family of Spitz breeds. Some of these were used to pull sleds through the snow while others, according to the evidence of Peat Dogs, were used to herd sheep. Some of this family still exist in the wild on the continents of Europe, Asia, Australia and throughout the Americas. Many of today's pure-breeds are genetically similar to and can be traced directly back to this wolf ancestry.