<!-- Begin Infobox Dogbreed. The text of the article should go AFTER this section. See: --><!-- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:WikiProject_Dog_breeds#Infobox_Dogbreed_template --><!-- for full explanation of the syntax used in this template. --><!-- End Infobox Dogbreed info. Article Begins Here -->The Indian Spitz
is a spitz
-type dog breed
belonging to the Utility Dog group
. It is very similar to the German Spitz
in appearance but is roughly 1.5-2.5 inches shorter at the withers and weighs around 10-15 Lbs less.
The Indian Spitz was one of the most popular dogs in India in the 1980s and the 1990s when India's import rules made it very difficult to import dogs of other breeds. Today, despite being overshadowed by other breeds like Pugs
and Lhasa Apso
, they dominate and thrive as one of the most economical and yet pleasant pets.
The Indian Spitz is often called Pomeranian
though the two breeds are much different and the Indian Spitz belongs to the Spitz family along with the Elk-Hound
, German Spitz
and Finnish Spitz
to name a few.
The Indian Spitz was introduced in India by the British who began breeding them from a stock of German Spitzes. Years of breeding produced the ideal dog suited for the plains of India and capable of withstanding India's sultry climate. These spitzes resembled Samoyeds
and German Spitzes
but had less thick coats and were smaller in size- ideal for the conditions.
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