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Breeds 101

Japanese Spitz

Japanese SpitzThis rugged little dog, is a classic example of miniaturization.

It looks remarkably like Samoyed, yet it is up to five times smaller, and in some ways five times tougher.

Lively and bold, the breed was popular in Japan during the 1950s. Everything about Japanese Spitz strongly suggests that it is simply a small version of the Samoyed. The nomadic Samoyed tribe introduced that breed to Mongolia, from where it could easely have reached Japan.

The Japanese Spitz is a family dog who loves human companionship. It is an intelligent breed always eager to please. It prefers a gentle approach, after that you have a friend for life. It is characterised by its great courage, intelligence and liveliness and is an affectionate, devoted companion.

The Japanese Spitz has a dominant nature and when introduced to a household with other breeds may very quickly become “the boss”, even over much larger breeds.

Despite its long, pure white coat the Japanese Spitz is a low maintenance breed. Contrary to most people”s expectations and belief their coat is very easy to look after. While it loves to play in the dirt, this is a fastidious dog that does not like getting dirty and, like a cat, will lick itself clean. Provided they are kept well groomed they should only require a bath at most twice a year. They shed their coat once a year and usually last about 10 days.

They do not need lots of exercise, but they are an active breed and enjoy daily walks. If they are bored they can be mischievous. It is not a dog who can leave in the back yard and forget. They enjoy living both indoors and outdoors, in fact they enjoy being wherever you are as they thrive on human companionship.

Ideal owners for Japanese Spitz are families but, they also make an excellent and loving companion for a single person in a flat.

Life expectancy: 12 years.