Definition of spitz in US English:



  • A dog of a small breed with a pointed muzzle, especially a Pomeranian.

    • ‘That alert, quick-response nature typifies all spitz dogs today, including the Pomeranian, who, size notwithstanding, reflects most of the characteristics of the spitz.’
    • ‘A cousin to the spitz type dogs, this pampered lap dog once called the arctic home.’
    • ‘A spitz is quite wolf-like in appearance with the exception of its curly tail.’
    • ‘Any one owning a spitz could argue that they were only partially successful unless compared to the likes of the Beagle or Afghan breeds.’


Mid 19th century: from German Spitz(hund), from spitz ‘pointed’ + Hund ‘dog’.