Nordic Sledge Dogs
Nordic Hunting Dogs
The Finnish Spitz has become a popular companion dog and was once called "the ideal dog for people who like cats". Its rich, fluffy coat of chestnut red or red-gold color has a soft cream colored undercoat. The tail has abundant feathering and curls upward or sideways. The Finnish Spitz is quite vocal and likes to wander which comes from their hunting manner.
Friendly, intelligent and independent, the Swedish Elkhound is first and foremost a working breed and should be given meaningful activity to keep his mind active. It is not suited for apartment living.
East Siberain Laika
West Siberain Laika
Karelian Bear Dog (Karjalankarhukoira)
Nordic Watchdogs and Herders
Lapinporokoira (Finnish Reindeer Herder)
The Finnish Lapphund is lively, alert, courageous, calm and willing to learn. Friendly and faithful, he also makes a good watchdog. In general, this is not a noisy breed. He enjoys the company of children, other dogs, and even cats. Those not socialized with cats, however, may view them as a substitute squirrel and may chase them.
Besides being an excellent and eager hunter, the Norrbottenspitz makes a good guard dog. He can be quite stubborn and needs consistent training. Because of his lively and affectionate temperament, the Norrbottenspitz has gained popularity as a companion dog.
Like those three smiling descendants, the German Spitz is a happy-go-lucky, lighthearted companion. Owners prize the breed for its fun personality, keen intelligence, and hardy constitution.
Volpino Italiano is a great family dog with gentle and playful temperament which gets very attached to his humans. The Italian Volpino comes in two color variety: white and red (very rare). Hardy and robust, the Volpino engoys a remarkable longevity.
Asian Spitz and Related Breeds
The Eurasian, or Eurasier as he is known in his native Germany, was developed in 1960s by Julius Wipfel, a German dog enthusiast, in an attempt to recreate the ancient German Wolfspitz. The Eurasian is an ideal family dog with calm, even temperament and natural guard instinct. Reserved with strangers and very loyal to his family, he is never aggressive.
Faithful, docile, very alert and bold, the Hokkaido is locally renowned for its bravery in fighting the brown bear and also for its great endurance. Extremely protective of his family, they are never aggressive. The Hokkaido has a very strong prey instinct and may kill small animals and pets unless raised with them from puppyhood.
The Japanese Spitz makes a wonderful family companion. The Japanese Spitz temperament is described as alert, cheerful and keen. He is always happy to be with people and children of all ages, as long as they treat the dog with respect.
The Kishu is always alert, docile and very loyal to his master, but not reliable with other people. This breed makes a good watchdog.
Wolf-like in appearance, the Shikoku has been valued for its toughness, agility, and endurance. It does look fierce, almost wild. Its stride is smooth and swift like a wolf's, and its superb ability to leap makes it well suited to running through mountains and hills. Alert and energetic, this enthusiastic hunter is also docile and very loyal to his master.
Kai Dog (Tora Dog)
Korea Jindo Dog
Valued for their intelligence, courage, and loyalty, Jindos make excellent guard dogs and are known to protect homes and families to the death. Jindos are extremely fast, powerful, and determined.