Japanese Spitz

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Japanese Spitz History

The Japanese Spitz is a toy-type spitz breed of dog. It is also known as the Japan Spitz or Nipponese Spitz. The origins of the Japanese Spitz are uncertain. Some believe that it descended from the Samoyed, while others believe it was derived from the Siberian Husky. The Kennel Club of the United Kingdom first mentioned the Japaneese Spitz in 1890. The origin of the name “Japaneese”, however, is unclear. Some claim that it was named after the Japanese people, but others state that it was named after the country of Japan as a reference to the coat colors of the breed.

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Japanese Spitz Physical Characteristics

The Japanese Spitz is a small, toy-sized dog breed that typically stands between 8 and 11.5 inches at the withers and weighs between 7 and 14 pounds. They have a wedge-shaped head with a short, straight muzzle. Their coats are white, cream, red, buff, or any combination of these colors. They have a triangular shaped ear that points up and erects. Their eyes are dark, expressive, and round. Their tails are docked. They are curious, active, and friendly dogs.

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Nose Colors


Coat Colors


Height Range

Male Height Range: 14 – 15 inches

Female Height Range: 12 – 14 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 18 – 19 lbs

Female Weight Range: 15 – 17 lbs

Japanese Spitz Health

Description of breed health.


10-16 yrs

Japanese Spitz Health Concerns

Patellar Luxation, Ear Infections, Contact Allergy

Japanese Spitz Temperament and Behaviour

The Japanese Spitz is a shy, independent, and stubborn breed of dog. They are extremely loyal to their owners, but may not be welcoming to strangers. They are highly intelligent and need mental stimulation in order to be happy. They are lively and curious, but should not be left alone for a long time.

Japanese Spitz Activity Requirements

The Japanese Spitz is a small, compact dog that typically lives between 10 and 15 years. They are a sociable, playful, fun-loving breed of dog that enjoys spending time with their human companions. While this small, sturdy breed doesn’t need a tremendous amount of exercise, they do need to spend time with their humans. Daily walks and time spent playing with a favorite toy, such as a stuffed Kong, can help keep your Japanese Spitz happy. Because of their small size, Japanese Spitzes can live in just about any type of environment. They do, however, require plenty of socialization and affection. If you are looking for a low-maintenance, devoted companion, you may want to consider a Japanese Spitz.

Miles Per Day

7 miles

Activity Per Day

45 minutes

Daily Food

1 cups

Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Recognized by the American Kennel Club

Japanese Spitz is part of the Foundation Stock Service group.

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The Kennel Club

Recognized by The Kennel Club

Japanese Spitz is part of the Utility group.

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Australian National Kennel Council

Recognized by the Australian National Kennel Council

Japanese Spitz is part of the Non-Sporting group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Recognized by the Canadian Kennel Club

Japanese Spitz is part of the Non-Sporting group.

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