The Nordic Spitz is a type of dog bred originally for work on farms and hunting. It originated in the 1600s in Sweden and was an excellent hunting companion. In the 1940s, the breed neared extinction, but was saved by a breeding program begun by Nordic Spitz enthusiasts. The breed eventually declined once again in popularity; today it is relatively rare, especially in its original purpose, as it is used more as a companion.
The Nordic Spitz stands 16.5 to 18 inches tall and weighs 18 to 33 pounds. The double coat of the breed is generally white with orange, brown, or tan markings. The undercoat is soft while the outer coat is hard, straight, and dense. The breed is neither light nor heavy, but somewhere in between. It has a square, powerful build which allows for agility.