from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A dog belonging to any of several northern breeds, such as the Pomeranian or Samoyed, characterized by a long, thick, usually white coat, pointed muzzle and ears, and a tail curled over the back.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of several Nordic breeds of dog such as the Pomeranian or Samoyed
German Spitz, from spitz, pointed, from Middle High German spiz, from Old High German spizzi.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)