Japanese Spitz

Group 7: Non Sporting
Height: 30 – 36 cm

Energy Level:  Moderate
Original Function: Companion, guarding
Lifespan: 12 – 15 yrs

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

Japanese Spitz

About This Breed

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 outgoing dog and make excellent companions. They are suitable for apartment living and make good pets for children.

General Characteristics

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

Temperament: Intelligent, Bold & Lively

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

Colour: Pure white.

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

Grooming: Regular brushing is needed and will require extra care when moulting. This is an annual occurrence with males and bi-annual with females. 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.