Meet the Danish Spitz

Among the breeds that aren’t recognized by any registry other than the one in its own country is the Dansk Spids, or Danish Spitz. Easily mistaken for a Samoyed by the uninitiated, the Danish Spitz dates back to at least the 18th century and was known over time by other names such as the White Spitz, Greenland Spitz or Wolf Spitz. There are those who believe the breed is simply a variation of the German Spitz, but others, such as members of the Danish Spitz Club understandably regard it as a unique and ancient breed; the Danish Kennel Club (of which the Danish Spitz Club is a member) published a provisional breed standard in 2013.

The breed may actually date back even further. Based on excavations, the National Museum of Denmark has suggested that the breed may have origins with the Vikings, if not to “peat dogs,” the first canines to have lived in a relationship with people called ‘pile dwellers.’  Its peak in popularity was in the 1930s when the Danish Spitz was commonly found on Danish farms and hanging around with the children it was entrusted to watch. For that reason, it was (and may still be) commonly known as a children’s dog known for being kind, courageous, sociable, and patient.

There’s a marvelous article by Ria Hörter that futher details this appealing breed which you can read here. There is also a Facebook page for the aforementioned club, and even if you don’t read Danish, there are some lovely pictures of the breed. We also came across a You Tube video of a real life Danish Spitz! Check it out:

Image of a Danish Spitz by Charliecatnip – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=52817658

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