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The Japanese Spitz is a great dog for a first-time owner. They are relatively low maintenance, as one walk a day and some play time can keep them happy. This fluffy breed also tends to live a long and healthy life, and is therefore one of the least expensive breeds to insure.
For the most part, Japanese Spitz are calm dogs that do not bark often. However, when they encounter a stranger, they have been known to let out a very loud bark that can be heard from long distances. This is why it is important to socialize your Japanese Spitz at a young age.
The Japanese Spitz (日本スピッツ, Nihon Supittsu) is a small to medium breed of dog of the Spitz type. There are varying standards around the world as to the ideal size of the breed, but they are always larger than their smaller cousins, the Pomeranian.
The Japanese Spitz is an intelligent breed and their eagerness to please make them highly trainable. They crave companionship and interaction with owners so, if left alone for long periods of time, they may develop problem behaviors. Early socialization and puppy training classes are recommended.
The Japanese spitz does not shed all the time, but the undercoat will fall out practically all at once during the course of the year. Males lose it once a year, while females drop it twice a year, usually coinciding with the spring and fall change of seasons.
10 – 16 years
The Japanese Spitz can easily adapt to any environment, whether big or small. However, they tolerate cold weather much better than hot weather.
The Japanese Spitz is a highly energetic breed requiring up to an hour of exercise per day. They are known to be very inquisitive and are likely to leave an unsecured garden just to see what’s on the other side of the fence. They are high spirited so may require more effort to train than other breeds.
The Japanese Spitz is a high-spirited, intelligent, and playful dog. This happy dog is usually good with children and usually gets along well with other dogs and household pets. Socialise them well or they can be reserved and even somewhat aloof with strangers.
No clipping is required. The only part on the Japanese Spitz that requires clipping is the hair between their paw pads. This will need to be trimmed up about every 2 weeks.
DO NOT shave any Japanese spitz dog, rather use regularly the proper coat grooming tools (especially during shedding periods) and remove the dead hairs from the dog’s coat.
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Although the Japanese Spitz looks like a miniature version of the Samoyed, there is no evidence that the two have a common descent. The breed was developed in Japan, and the popularity of this bright and energetic little dog has spread worldwide. Persistent barking is characteristic but can be controlled with training.
The Spitz family (Nordic type) of dogs includes the American Eskimo Dog, and also the white Keeshond, German Spitz, white Pomeranian, Japanese Spitz, and white Italian Spitz. Some of these other breeds may have contributed to the gene pool of the American Eskimo Dog breed. Early on in America, the breed was referred to as American Spitz. It was in 1995 that the AKC accepted the breed into the registry. The name change to “Eskimo” was done to reflect the Northern origins of the dogs.
Coat: Their lip margins, palpebral margins and nose are always black and the double, dense coat is always white or white with biscuit cream tones. The undercoat is dense, short and wooly, the outer coat guard hairs grow straight out through the undercoat and are hard and straight. Breeches and a well-developed ruff are present, particularly in the males. The muzzle hair is short, and the backs of the legs are well feathered.
Longevity: 11-15 years.
Reported breed characteristics include: Agile, very high trainability, affectionate and they like to please. A good alarm barker with high barking tendency, some have tendency to excessive barking. They need close human contact. Early socialization is important so that they are not overly aloof with strangers. Need mental stimulation or will develop boredom vices. Eskie dogs have moderate exercise needs. They do well with other pets if socialized to them early. They have moderate grooming needs. If nervous, they have a tendency to bite.
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