Korean Jindo Dog Breed Info And Characteristics

The Korean Jindo Dog (Jindogae) or Chindo is a Spitz type hunting dog that originated on Jindo Island, South Korea. We know with certainty that Jindos existed on this Island for centuries, but the way in which they got there remains a mystery. However, there are few theories about the actual origin of this breed, but scientists still cannot precisely determine which one of them is correct. According to the first theory, Jindos evolved from dogs that ended up on this Korean Island after the Chinese ship had a shipwreck off its coast. This accident happened at the time of the Song Dynasty (960-1279). Second theory tells that Chindos are in fact descendants of dogs that were imported from Mongolia around 1400 to be guardians at the national ranch located in the Jindo County. Continue Reading →

American Akita Breed Info And Characteristics

The American Akita or Great Japanese Dog is a powerful Spitz type hound originating from Japan, not the USA as its widely accepted name suggests. This is actually quite a young breed that was developed from Akita Inu dogs after the World War II. At that time, Japan was under occupation of the USA and US servicemen were regularly sent on tour in that land. Some of those soldiers fell in love with these noble Japanese dogs and had brought them back home in America. Of course, they were more impressed with larger and stronger dogs with good guarding abilities, which is the reason this Akita is a bit larger and heavier than the Japanese version. So, the Japanese Akita and this American Akita are in fact the same dogs with only a few differences, which I’ll go through later in the text. That is why both of these breeds are by the FCI included in the Asian Spitz And Related Breeds group in the class of primitive dogs. Continue Reading →

German Spitz Dogs Information And Characteristics

In the FCI, term German Spitz actually represents a group of five very similar Spitz type dogs that originated in Germany – the Wolfspitz, Grossspiz, Mittelspitz, Kleinspitz, and Zwergspitz. These five varieties of dogs have more or less identical personalities, but they differentiate in size, weight, and color of their coats. The Grossspiz, Mittelspitz, and Kleinspitz are oldest of these dog breeds. They are descendants of Spitz type herding dogs brought into Europe by Vikings somewhere around 1450. During the following hundred years, these Nordic dogs have evolved through selective breeding into the first three variants of German Spitz dogs. The Wolfspitz and Zwergspitz are actually descendants of these initial German Spitzes, as well as Volpino Italiano, American Eskimo Dog, and Japanese Spitz. Unfortunately, today these younger breeds are slowly but surely replacing authentic German breeds, whose numbers are constantly dwindling. Continue Reading →

Eurasier Dog Breed Information And Characteristics

The Eurasier or Eurasian Dog is a Spitz type dog breed originating from Germany. Now, you probably ask yourself, what is Asian about this dog? Well, this dog is actually a cross between the two Asian breedsthe Chow Chow (male) and Samoyed (blood), and one European breed known as Wolfspitz (female), which is a variant of the German Spitz. The Eurasian originated recently in the 1950s, so it is one of the youngest primitive dog breeds. This dog was developed through the work of Julius Wipfel primarily as an “updated” version of Russian Laika, which is mainly used for sled pulling. That was actually the intended job for this Spitz too, which was developed with the idea of a good working dog. But, he didn’t justify that role, but luckily he proved his worth as an excellent human companion. Eurasier Dog belongs to the Asian Spitz And Related Breeds group in the class of primitive dogs. Continue Reading →

Chow Chow Dog Information And Characteristics

The Chow Chow dog or Tang Quan (Dog of the Tang Empire in Chinese) is a basal breed originating officially from Northern China, although there are some indications that the breed actually originated from the vast grassland regions of Siberia and Mongolia. Anyhow, it is one of the oldest canine breeds in the world. Archaeologists excavated bones similar in structure to this dog, and it was estimated that these fossil remains are several million years old. Also, there are paintings of Tang Quan dog, or at least they very much look alike, on the pottery dating back from the time of Han Dynasty, more than 2.000 years ago. Quite fascinating indeed! When you look at these facts, it’s quite understandable why this breed, which belongs to the Asian Spitz And Related Breeds section in the class of primitive dogs, is so precious and highly prized. Continue Reading →