Spitz or Wolf Spitz – From paintings by Louis Agassiz Fuertes
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The “wolf spitz” of the mid-Victorian fancier is now seldom seen in this country;
yet he is a very interesting dog, having much to do in the gradual evolution of
many types popular today. Almost unaltered except in size, we see him
now as the popular toy Pomeranian, his influence is easily seen in the
saucy black schipperke,there is little doubt that he has a share in the
various shepherd dogs of central Europe, and one can see strong
probability that this strain reappears in the fine dogs of the North,
represented by the Samoyed and sled dogs of the Eastern and the
Eskimos of the Western hemispheres, though it is not clear how it got there.
The Make up of a Spitz
The true spitz is a dog weighing about 25 to 30 pounds, and the
best dogs are white or cream-color, though fawn, brown, and
even black dogs are found. The mixture of white in patches with
any of these “self” colors is an unpardonable defect with the fancy.
They are bright, fascinating, pretty dogs; but it must in candor be
said they are very “choicy” in making friends and very ready to
repel with sharp teeth any unwelcome advances by dogs or
humans they don’t know. They are apt to be a real responsibility to the owner on this account.
The Eskimo dog, Samoyed , spitz , and Chow-Chow ,
although differing in size and sometimes in color, probably had a common origin.
Their dense coats show that they all properly belong in the North,
and their straight, upright cars and general appearance betray their
blood relationship to the wolf.
The spitz, usually solid white or solid black, has long
been a favorite in Germany. Thirty or forty years ago it was
popular in this country, but it is a dog of uncertain temper,
and that may be one reason why it is no longer in favor, except in a reduced form as a toy dog.