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.