There are 50-70 different dog breeds, most of whom have origins in some of the coldest parts of the northern hemisphere, that have the spitz classification. These breeds are characterized by their wolf-like appearance, including their pointed ears, almond eyes, heavy/dense coat, and a feathery tail curled over their back. There’s really no exact definition of a spitz breed (as it’s more of a loose classification), which explains why there’s such a range of breeds included.


The word ‘spitz’ is German for pointed, a reference to their wedge heads that help warm up the cold air of the cold, northern areas where they originate. Some of the more iconic spitzy breeds include the Siberian Husky, Pomeranian, Samoyed, Shiba Inu, and Akita. As imagined, many of these breeds also do well as sled dogs or with jobs like hunting or guarding. And ultimately, many of these dogs also do extremely well as family dogs, given the proper socialization and training.

Not every spitzy dog will look similar but will often have a few characteristics in common. Huskies, Pomeranians, and Akitas are all so different but their feathery, curled tails and double coats land these breeds in the spitz classification. Many spitz dogs are also intelligent and energetic, meaning they’ll need an active, experienced home willing to work on training, enrichment, and daily exercise. But with the right research and consideration, a spitz breed can be a great addition to your home and family!