Non-sporting Breeds

Japanese Spitz

Japanese Spitz
Pedigree Points
Recognized: ANKC, CKC, FCI, KC (GB), KUSA
Height: Dog: 12-14 in (30-36cm) Bitch: slightly smaller
Weight: 13 lb (6kg)
Coat: Straight, dense, stand-off outer coat; thick, short, dense undercoat
Color: Pure white

The Japanese Spitz shares a common ancestry with the Nordic Spitz. It is about half the size of the Samoyed, and is also closely related to the German Spitz and Pomeranian. Its ancestors are said to have been taken to Japan in the ships of traders many years ago, and there the breed was developed in isolation. The breed is a family favorite in Japan. It has only recently become known internationally, and is proving a popular show dog. The Japanese Spitz is a beautiful alert, intelligent, lively, and bold dog. Loyal to its owners but distrustful of strangers, it makes a fine small guard. The breed requires daily brushing, and having an instinctive desire to herd other animals, enjoys a fair amount of exercise.
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