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Japanese Spitz Breed Fact Sheet

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Japanese Spitz Breed Information

Group 7: Non Sporting

Energy Level: Moderate

Original Function: companion, watchdog

Temperament: Intelligent, Bold & Lively

Characteristics: Affectionate, companionable. Slightly chary at first meeting with strangers.

Recommended for: Families with older children, people who want a lively dog.

Lifespan: 12 - 15 yrs


Height: 30-36cm (12"-14")

Colour: Pure white.

Coat: Outercoat - Straight & standoffish. Undercoat - Profuse short dense & soft.

General Appearance: Body - Firm, strong & flexible. Black nose & lips. Eyes dark. Small erect ears. Tail of maoderate length & held straight over the back.




The Japanese Spitz along with all other Spitz breeds descends from the Great Spitz. They are bred in a number of countries but gained their name in Japan where they were bred to be alarm dogs for the elite. As they were bred to be alarm dogs they will bark if anything is near their property, but they learn that when told by their owners it is OK, they will be quiet. They are very wary of strangers but will accept them once they are introduced by their owners. They are a very out going dog and make excellent companions. They are suitable for apartment living and make good pets for children.

Grooming- regular brushing is needed and will require extra care when molting. This is an annual occurrence with dogs and bi-annual with bitches. Little bathing is required as they have a self-cleaning, sweet smelling coat. To freshen the coat a sprinkle of talcum powder when brushing is all that is required.

Exercise- generally they exercise themselves but do love to have regular walks and playtime, which will help to keep them fit and happy.

Health- Ask breeders about patella problems. At this stage they are free from the majority of hereditary diseases.
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