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2013-06-22 15:55:10

The Norrbottenspets is a breed of domestic dog that originated in Sweden and Finland. This breed is of the Spitz type and originally worked as a farm dog and hunting dog, but it has recently been used as a companion pet. The breed is thought to have been in existence in Sweden since the seventeenth century, but Finland records show a different century. The Norrbottenspets nearly became...

2013-06-19 14:17:09

The Jämthund, also known as the Swedish elkhound, is a breed of domestic dog of the Spitz type. The breed originated in Northern Europe and is associated with Jämtland, where it is said to have been used for sled pulling and moose hunting since the last ice age. It was known locally as the bear dog, because it was and is one of the few breeds that do not run away when encountering a bear....

2008-09-13 20:56:21

The Shikoku is a Japanese breed of dog native to Shikoku Island. It is a spitz type breed which is recognized by kennel clubs in Japan and Canada. It was also recognized as a living "natural monument" of Japan in 1937. The breed was bred for hunting boar and deer on mountainous terrain. The breed stands 17 to 21 inches tall and weighs 17 to 55 pounds. It resembles an Alaskan Husky except in...

Norwegian Elkhound
2008-05-27 22:57:58

The Norwegian Elkhound is an ancient breed which has been used as a large game hunter, a guardian, a herder, and a defender. The breed is a Spitz type breed which excels at its duties under even the worst climate conditions. Its name, translated means "Norwegian moose dog". The Norwegian Elkhound does not hunt like a hound dog, nor is it a true hound; it just holds animals at bay until the...

Norwegian Buhund
2008-05-27 22:56:21

The Norwegian Buhund is a spitz type breed originally bred by Vikings to herd sheep and cattle as well as protect farms. The breed is closely related to the Jämthund as well as the Icelandic Sheepdog. The Norwegian Buhund stands 17 to 18 inches tall and weighs around 30 to 40 pounds. The coat of the breed is generally black or wheaten, which has a variety of shades from light to red with...

Nordic Spitz
2008-05-27 22:50:09

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...

Karelian Bear Dog
2008-05-27 14:25:27

The Karelian Bear Dog is a hunting breed from Finland. The breed is commonly used for hunting large animals such as moose and elk and is capable of hunting bear and boar as well, thus its name. The breed has never been interbred with other breeds in its homeland in order to preserve its hunting instinct. The breed stands 19 to 24 inches high and should be in fantastic physical condition. The...

Kai Ken
2008-05-27 14:14:14

The Kai Ken, also known as the Tora Dog, is a Spitz type breed from Japan, where it is considered to be the purest, most ancient breed. The breed was developed as a hunting dog in the Kai district. Even in Japan, the breed is rare; its rank however is high, and it was designated a national monument in Japan in 1934. The Kai Ken stands 17 to 22 inches tall and appears very strong. It has a...

Japanese Spitz
2008-05-27 13:20:16

The Japanese Spitz is an entirely white breed of dog that is thought to have been bred from the White German Spitz, Siberian Samoyed, Russian Spitz, and American Eskimo Dog during the 19th century in Japan. The breed became popular in Japan, Europe, and North America during the 1950s. The Japanese Spitz stands 12 to 15 inches high and weighs 11 to 22 pounds. It has a double layered long...

Greenland Dog
2008-05-24 22:59:40

The Greenland Dog is a powerful husky-type dog bred for sledding and hunting. It is speculated that this breed directly descended from dogs which Inuit settlers brought to Greenland. It originated in the Arctic coastal regions and is one of the oldest breeds in the world. The Greenland Dog falls in the Spitz group with its curly tail, thick coat and prick ears. It was used frequently for...

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  • Growing in low tufty patches.
The word 'cespitose' comes from a Latin word meaning 'turf'.