Breed Organization United Kennel Club Website: http://www.ukcdogs.com Native Country Japan Other Names Japanese Spitz, Spitz Japonais, Nihon Supittsu Life Expectancy Approximately 10-16 Years Litter Size No Information Available Breed Group FCI Spitz and Primitive Types
Breed Appearance The Japanese Spitz is a small dog, with a somewhat square body, deep chest, and a very thick, pure white double coat. The coat consists
of an outer coat that stands off from the soft inner coat, with fur shorter on the muzzle and ears as well as the fronts of the forelegs and the hindlegs. A ruff
of longer fur is around the dog's neck. It has a pointed muzzle and small, triangular shape prick ears (ears that stand up.) The tail is long, heavily covered with
long fur, and is carried curled over and lying on the dog's back. The white coat contrasts with the black pads and nails of the feet, the black nose, and the dark
eyes. The large oval eyes are dark and slightly slanted with white eyelashes, and the nose and lips and eye rims are black. They share a common resemblance with
the white Pomeranian dog, Samoyed and American Eskimo Dog.
Breed Description Head: Moderately wide and rounded. Distinct stop. Pointed muzzle. Small nose. Tight, preferably black lips. Ears: Set on high, small, triangular. Held erect and turned forward. Eyes: Moderately large, almond shape, set slightly obliquely in the skull. Dark color. Black rims. Body: Sturdy construction. Muscular neck. Pronounced withers. Broad chest is well let down. Ribs well sprung. Belly well
tucked up. Tail: Set high, moderately long. Carried over the back. Hair: Straight, stand-off. Short on the face, ears, and front of the legs. Long and abundant on the rest of the body. Apron
on the forechest and plume on the tail. Soft, dense undercoat. Coat: Pure white. Size: Dog: 30 to 38 cm.Bitch: 30 to 35 cm. Weight: Approx. 10 kg.
History Some experts think it is related to the Samoyed,
but most believe the Japanese Spitz is decended from the White Giant German Spitz, which was introduced in Japan around 1920
after passing through Siberia and China. White Giant Spitz were imported from Canada, the United States, and China. In 1948,
the Japanese Kennel Club published a standard for the breed. This little breed is growing in popularity in Europe.
Behavior This sturdy, supple, lively dog is cheerful, bold, and clever. He is an affectionate pet. The Japanese Spitz is extremely
wary of strangers and barks easily, making him a good "early warning" guard dog. Firm training is required.
Health They are a healthy breed with very few genetic problems. The main health concern for Japanese Spitz is the development of Patellar
luxation. They can also be prone to runny eyes, which is most commonly due to having tear ducts that are too small, or an allergy to long grass or stress.
It is rarely caused by any serious eye defect.
Advice The Japanese Spitz is well suited to life as a house dog. Regular brushing and combing is required.