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    About the Japanese Spitz

    The Japanese Spitz has been recognized as a breed for more than 40 years, but it did not reach the West until the beginning of the 70s and the first European areas to accept the breed was Scandinavian countries and Great Britian.
    Until 1985 it remained unknown and ignored by most people, such as France, Germany, Italy and Austria.
    Later the Japanese Spitz spread rapidly, despite the relatively few specimens, and gained more and more followers as soon as its excellent qualities were discovered and appreciated.

    In fact, this dog is endowed with a marked sense of property and territory, as well as a strong personality lacking in submissive-ness, and is naturally inclined to assume the role of a true protagonist in the family right from puppyhood.
    Its behaviour towards man reflects a sense of mutual friendship rather than instinctive submission.
    This has created new situations of co-habitation even for long-experienced fanciers.
    And it is a common occurrence that people who have had a Japanese Spitz as a pet are no longer able to find satisfaction with any other breed.


    General Appearance

    Outer coat straight and stand-off.
    Profuse, short, dense undercoat, soft in texture.
    Shorter on face, ears, front of fore- and hindlegs and below hocks.
    Remainder of body covered with long coat.
    Mane on neck and shoulders reaching down to brisket.
    Well plumed tail carried over back.
    Overall quality of body firm and strong.
    Pointed muzzle, triangular shaped ears standing erect.
    Ratio of height to length 10:11.


    Description

    The long-haired coat of the Japanese Spitz has a thick under-layer that is always pure white.
    The tail is covered with long hair and is carried curled over the back.
    The coat is short on the bottom half of the legs, with breeches on the hind legs and feathering on the forelegs.
    The ears are small and pointed upright, and the muzzle tapers slightly.
    The large oval eyes are dark and slightly slanted, and the nose and lips are black.
    The face of the Japanese Spitz is wedge-shaped.
    There is dense feathering on the feet.


    Body

    Length from point of shoulder to point of buttock slightly greater than height at withers.
    Chest broad and deep.
    Ribs well sprung, belly firm with moderate tuck-up.
    Back straight and short, full of flexibility.
    Loins broad and firm, with a slight rise.
    Level croup with high set tail


    Temperament

    The Japanese Spitz is a high-spirited, intelligent, and playful dog, which is alert and obedient.
    This bold little dog is a good watchdog and will alert its owners when it feels it is necessary.
    They are athletic and robust and will jog along with the fitness conscious members of the family.
    The Japanese Spitz is not difficult to train as long as the owner is always consistent.
    This breed learns quickly and really enjoys agility and playing games of catch with balls or Frisbees.
    This happy dog enjoys the company of other dogs and cats, but playing with children is their favourite pastime.
    These dogs are not fussy eaters, and are generally cheap to feed
    The Japanese Spitz is, in spirit, a big dog in a little dog's body.
    This tough little dog acts as a house protector and guardian.
    The Japanese Spitz can be an inveterate barker if you allow them to believe they are in charge.
    Be sure to tell your dog enough is enough and to quiet down if he starts barking obsessively.
    Cheerful, bold, proud and affectionate toward its masters.
    Make sure you are this dog's firm, confident, consistent pack leader to avoid Small Dog Syndrome, human induced behavior problems.
    When dogs are allowed to be pack leader to humans they can developed many types of behavior issues, including, but not limited to, being suspicious of and barking at strangers, guarding, separation anxiety, destructiveness, snapping, and even biting.
    These are not Spitz traits, but rather behaviors resulting in a lack of leadership on the humans part.
    Always remember, dogs are canines, not humans.
    Be sure to meet their natural instincts as animals.
    They need rules to follow, limits to what they are and are not allowed to do and a firm, consistent, confident pack leader, along with daily mental and physical exercise.


    Height, Weight

    Height at shoulders:




    Weight: 5-10 kg (11-20 pounds.)


    Health Problems

    They are a healthy breed with very few genetic problems.
    The main health concern for Japanese Spitz is the development of Patellar luxation, a condition in which the kneecap dislocates out of its normal position.
    They can also be prone to runny eyes, which is most commonly due to having tear ducts that are too small, or an allergy to long grass or stress.
    It is rarely caused by any serious eye defect.
    They have NO known skin complaints.


    Living Conditions

    The Japanese Spitz is good for apartment life.
    This breed is fairly active indoors and will do okay without a yard as long as it gets plenty of outings and exercise.


    Exercise

    This is a busy little dog who will adapt himself to your lifestyle so long as you take the dog for a long, daily walk.
    In addition, they will enjoy a regular chances to run off its lead in a safe area.


    Life Expectancy

    Life expectancy is estimated at 12-16 years.


    Grooming

    The Japanese Spitz should be combed and brushed regularly.
    This is a very tidy animal that should be bathed only when necessary.
    When the dog is shedding, use a comb with a double row of metal teeth to remove loose hairs from the under-layer. Regular use of a Slicker brush is recommended .
    Their coat looks as if it needs a lot of attention. This is not the case.
    The "Teflon" texture of the outer coat allows mud and dirt to drop off as soon as it dries.
    One or two baths a year is quite sufficient as this breed has no "doggy odour".
    Clipping or plucking is not necessary and a 10 minute comb twice a week will keep them immaculate.
    People who are allergic to dog hair usually have no trouble with this breed.


    Origin

    No one knows for sure of the origins of the Japanese Spitz, but some claim it is descended from the native Siberian Samoyed.
    This theory is controversial but those who believe it claim, Samoyeds were strictly bred for smallness, with the end result being the Japanese Spitz.
    Everything about the Japanese Spitz strongly suggests that it is simply a small version of the Samoyed.
    Creation of the breed commenced in the late 1800s.
    Dog breeders in Japan in the 1920s and 1930s created the Japanese Spitz by crossbreeding a number of other Spitz breeds to develop the Japanese Spitz. Breeders began with white German Spitz dogs, originally brought over from northeastern China to Japan; they were first exhibited at a dog show in Tokyo in 1921.
    Between 1925 and 1936 various small white Spitz breeds were imported from around the world and crossed into the developing breed, with the goal of producing an improved breed.
    The final Standard for the breed was written after World War II, and accepted by the Japanese Kennel Club.
    The breed gained popularity in Japan in the 1950s, and was exported to Sweden in the early 1950s.
    From there the breed went to England, and the Kennel Club recognized the Japanese Spitz in 1977 in the Utility Group.
    The Japanese Spitz has spread around the world including to India, Australia, and the United States and is recognized by most of the major kennel clubs in the English speaking world; by the Canadian Kennel Club in Group 6, Non-Sporting, by the New Zealand Kennel Club (Non-Sporting Group), by the Australian National Kennel Council in Group 7 (Non Sporting), and by the United Kennel Club (U.S.) in the Northern Breeds Group.



    Recognition

    FCI, KCGB, NKC, CKC, ANKC, APRI, ACR, DRA
    Last edited by mitte; 21-05-2015, 04:29 AM.
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  • #2
    The Japanese Spitz was my first dog Kimba lived for 16 years his name - Ch Alandmeri Snow Crusader CDX AD born in 1986 I still miss him today... back in those days there were very few around..

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    • #3
      Loved reading all about the JS.

      There is a member Red who is getting a puppy soon. Perhaps you can be of help to them.

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      • #4
        They are pretty cool looking little dogs!
        handsome appearance,
        endowed with a marked sense of property and territory,
        as well as a strong personality lacking in submissive-ness,
        Its behaviour towards man reflects a sense of mutual friendship rather than instinctive submission.
        it is a common occurrence that people who have had a Japanese Spitz as a pet are no longer able to find satisfaction with any other breed.

        If I could find the thumbs up emoticon I would place it here instead of these words.
        If you find yourself going through hell; Don't stay. Just keep on going.
        Beau.

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        • #5
          I love their fluffy coat!
          Border Collies are like potato chips, you really can't have just one…

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          • #6
            Bump... to make this old thread visible again.
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            • #7
              Maybe you could add something about what people who would like to own a Japanese spitz should do and avoid to get a healthy well socialised puppy at a fair price...
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