At A Glance

Size: Small

Weight: 11 - 13 lbs.

Height: 12" - 14"

Life Span: 12 years

Japanese Spitz

Also know as: Nihon Supittsu

Group: Non-sporting

Origin: Japan (1900s)

Today's Role: Companion Dog

History and Facts: It is suspected that the Japanese Spitz is merely the miniaturized version of the Samoyed, which was first introduced by the nomadic Samoyed tribe to Mongolia in Ancient Times. The Mongolians shared the breed with Japan, who later used selective breeding to develop the small Spitz.

Temperament / Behavior
This breed is intelligent, alert, obedient and playful. The Japanese Spitz is easy to train and enjoys learning tricks and playing games. Despite its small size, this breed fancies itself a guard dog and will make brave attempts to protect its owner. It makes an excellent watchdog. This breed has a tendency to bark frequently, but breeding efforts have reduced this trait somewhat in recent years.

Breed-Related Health Concerns
Excellent health record. No known hereditary conditions.

Special Needs
Exercise: The Japanese Spitz requires long daily walks.

Grooming: Regular brushing and combing required is necessary for your Japanese Spitz. During shedding season, use a thin comb for the undercoat. Rarely needs a bath.


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