Are you looking for a snow beauty that fears no one at the park? The Japanese Spitz can be perfect to slide into your house and heart. It is half a Samoyedo’s size, and usually calmer, perfect igloo or house companion.
An attractive Nordic breed, with its profuse immaculate white coat, the Japanese Spitz unquestionably resembling the American Eskimo and Samoyedo, and rightfully, since all these breeds have the same origins. The Japanese Spitz stands between 30 and 35 cm, and has a lively and intelligent expression. The head is medium sized, not coarse, moderate width and slightly rounded. The muzzle is pointy but not too long or too thick. The eyes and eyelids should be black. The eyes are dark, almond shaped and placed slightly oblique. The ears are high inserted, small, angular and erect. The chest is wide and deep; the hindquarters well proportionate and moderately angled. The tail is high inserted, moderately lengthed, curled over the back. The external coat should be straight and standing, with a soft and dense undercoat: the entire body is equally covered in hair, with longer hair at the nape and shoulders.
Although the Japanese Spitz is known in England since the early 50, it is not a breed that has had a boom. Although it is half as tall as a Samoyedo, much more popular, it is equally lively and friendly. Due to its size, it is ideal as a domestic dog, but it loves the outdoors. Why not be the first in the neighborhood to have one of these charming Spitz? It is a wonderful option for a family with children, and its alert nature and large-dog-bark makes it a good guardian. It is protective and quite affectionate for a Spitz type dog. In the US good specimens can be found as well.
An eight week Japanese Spitz weighs between 2.5 and 3 kg. This breed matures quickly, and reaches its maximum height and size at around eight months. The buyer should seek an extroverted puppy, with clean and shiny eyes, without a trace of tearing. Pigmentation should be completely black as a puppy. During adolescence, usually between the sixth and eighth month, it can be somewhat dominant, and we should make sure that the dog learns its place within the family. The puppy hair will fall, and replaced by stronger whiter hair. Brushing and combing to remove dead hair helps during shedding. The Japanese Spitz is a low demanding breed and the owner should not have complications during the growth period. Breeders warn that these dogs only become barkers if allowed; therefore, the owner should take precautions recommended by the breeder and other experienced owners.
The Japanese Spitz expression clearly reveals its alert and affectionate nature.
There is no veterinarian research about this little known breed. However, breeders inform it doesn’t have serious defects or hereditary disease. A concern for the breeder can be kneecap luxation. Other aspect for a good health such as diet and specific care are little demanding in the breed. According to breeders no special diet is necessary. Hair loss can be a concern for the owner, but is greatly reduced with plenty of regular brushing; however, it shouldn’t be bathed often. When done, the dog should be thoroughly dried, to avoid claps. Breeders assure that the coat is kept clean virtually by itself. Exercise requirements are moderate.
Keeping your white love as pure as a snow ball, requires care. Be sure you are prepared to commit to brushing the Japanese Spitz every day, to keep the white coat in optimal conditions.