Best family
Best guard
Kid friendly
Best watch
Easy to train
Low shedding
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Japanese Spitz

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Breed Information
Popularity (2015) #
Name Japanese Spitz
Other names None
Origin Japan
Breed Group Northern (UKC)
Size Small
Type Purebred
Life span 12-15 years
Temperament AffectionateCompanionableProudPlayfulIntelligentLoyal
Height 12 - 15 inches (30 - 38 cm)
Weight 11 - 20 pounds (5 - 10 kg)
Colors White
Litter Size 1-6 puppies
Puppy Price Average $500 - $800 USD
Breed Characteristics
Adaptability 4 stars
Apartment Friendly 5 starsThe 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.
Barking Tendencies 5 starsFrequent
Cat Friendly 4 stars
Child Friendly 5 starsGood with Kids: This is a suitable breed for kids and is known to be playful, energetic, and affectionate around them. It is also very friendly toward strangers.
Dog Friendly 4 stars
Exercise Needs 3 stars
Grooming 4 starsThe 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.
Health Issues 3 stars They are a healthy breed with very few genetic problems. 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.Hypoallergenic: No
Intelligence 3 starsRanking: 80+
Playfulness 5 stars
Shedding Level 3 starsModerate Shedding: Expect this dog to shed regularly. Be prepared to vacuum often. Brushing will reduce shedding as well as make the coat softer and cleaner.
Stranger Friendly 3 stars
Trainability 3 starsModerately Easy Training: Training won't require too much attention and effort, though it won't be easier than other breeds. Expect results to come gradually.
Watchdog Ability 3 stars
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Puppy Names
Rank Male Female
01 Charlie Molly
02 Jack Bella
03 Toby Bailey
04 Cooper Chloe
05 Bentley Luna
06 Riley Cookie
07 Toby Roxy
08 Gus Layla
09 Jake Stella
10 Riley Kona

The Japanese Spitz is an elegant, spirited and dignified breed that has prick ears, a high set tail that is carried curled over the back, and a sparkling white coat that stands off the body.

Active, loyal, and bright, the Japanese Spitz are known for their great courage, affection and devotion making them great watchdogs and ideal companions for older people and small children. Most Japanese Spitz are good watch dogs, despite their relatively small size, and they have a tendency to bark to warn of arriving strangers.

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. Very popular in Japan in the 1950s, although numbers in its native land have declined, it has become increasingly popular in Europe and North America.
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