Spitz-type breeds of dog (the correct German plural is Spitze, though Spitzen is commonly used in the US) are characterised by long, thick, and often white fur, and pointed ears and muzzles. The tail is usually curled over the dog’s back.
We’re pretty sure that Ella is in the Spitz family of dogs, although she’s definately a dog of random breed, for sure. The Chow Chow is also in the Spitz family of dogs.
Through selective breeding, spitz types have evolved to fit three purposes helping humans: hunting, herding, and pulling sleds.
I so need to get a sled for Ella.