American Canine Association

Breeds

Breed Name: Japanese Spitz


History

Though it is unknown which exact bloodlines originally created the Japanese Spitz, we do know that this breed is from Japan and roughly has been around for hundreds of years. This breed is seen quite often in the USA, strictly as companion dogs.

Appearance

The Japanese Spitz is a small to medium sized breed with males and females measuring 12-15 inches in height and weighing 11-20 pounds in weight. This breed has a wedge shaped head that forms into a narrow muzzle with a scissor bite. Their two round eyes are large and generally a dark brown to black in color. Their general body build appears low to the ground, stocky and extremely round due to the fullness of their hair that covers their entire body. Their tail is small, covered in hair and is carried up and over their back. Their medium length, full double coat is available in white.

Temperament

The Japanese Spitz is a perfect choice of breed to add to almost all families, including growing ones. This breed is wonderful with other dogs, pets and children of all ages. Known for their patience, kindness, playfulness and affection, this breed is a very good breed for all types of owners. The Japanese Spitz is easy to train and eager to learn. Requiring a confident owner who sets early rules and boundaries within the home from the beginning. We recommend early obedience and socialization classes. This breed does well in apartment settings.

Grooming

Daily brushing and bathing when needed. Regular professional grooming is required.

Special Notes

Please fully research the Japanese Spitz prior to adding one to your family to ensure you are able to make a life long commitment both physically and financially to your new family member. A properly fenced in yard or properly fitting harness and leash is required while outdoors at all times. All dogs originate from wolves (Canis Lupus). Each breed of dog was originally created by mixing different breeds together in an effort to bring forth certain characteristics. Once a breeder has created acceptable “breed characteristics” within their bloodline and these “breed characteristics” have shown to be reliably reproduced in the offspring for three (3) generations, the bloodline may be upgraded from the category of “foundation stock” to “pure-bred”. The same “pure-bred” breed standards vary from different continents, countries, territories, regions, breed clubs, and canine pure-breed registries depending on the goals of their breeders. Dog DNA testing companies can have accurate results for a specific bloodline of a small colony of dogs. However, there are tens of thousands of different bloodlines in the world which have not yet been tested for marker baseline results by Dog DNA testing companies as of 2017. For this reason Dog DNA testing companies do not guarantee the 100% accuracy of their breed lineage results and will also show different marker results for the same pure-bred breed in different continents, countries, territories, regions, breed clubs, and canine pure-breed registries depending on the goals of their breeders.

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