Even though the term Spitz encompasses a wide range of dog breeds, they all have a few distinctly similar characteristics.
- In appearance, most spitz breed dogs have pointy, upright, smallish ears, almond shaped eyes and a strong jaw. Their fur is dense and thick, with a wooly undercoat. A strong characteristic that is shared by many of the Spitz breeds is their tail, which is fluffy, feathered and usually curled over their backs.
- In temperament, spitz breed dogs are usually smart, inquisitive dogs. They are also loyal and good natured, and generally get along well with children and other animals. They are fairly easy to train but tend to have a stubborn streak, so a firm, consistent approach is required.
- These dogs are fit and need plenty of free space and a lot of exercise.
- Some dogs that fall under the Spitz designation include Akita, Husky, Malamute, Shiba Inu, American Eskimo, Norwegian Elkhound, Lundehund, Keeshond, Chow Chow, Samoyed, Schipperke, and Pomeranian.