Japanese Spitz - Breed Description - A pure white coated dog

A fun loving, cheeky pet for any family - the Japanese Spitz is thought to originate from the large German White Spitz.

The Japanese Spitz


The Japanese Spitz is thought to originate from the large German White Spitz, which was brought to Japan in the 1920's. Dogs were imported into Japan around the 1920's, from China, America, Canada and Australia to improve the breed. Two pairs of white spitz were imported from Canada in 1925 and also in 1936. The first registered Japanese Spitz was Hakurya-Go. He was born on August 6 1947.

The Japanese Kennel club set the standard in 1948 and approved in 1953, this standard is still used today. It is thought that the Japanese Spitz was bred as a companion dog for families. But due to the destruction of records during World War 2, this is still unclear. The first Japanese Spitz imported into Australia were a dog called Norsken Amida and a bitch called Norsken Daibutsu in 1980. The first litter was born in Queensland in 1981.

Although the Japanese Spitz is now well established it is still a relatively unknown and rare dog in Australia.


General The Japanese Spitz is a very intelligent breed, commonly characterized by their courage and liveliness along with their cheeky disposition. They are an affectionate and devoted companion, always willing to please and thrive on the different attention and affection from each family member. They are not a dog one can leave in the backyard and forget. They enjoy living both indoors and outdoors, in fact they enjoy being wherever you are, they thrive on human companionship and normally will attach themselves to one member of the family and be their every shadow.

They are very quick to learn new things and many Japanese Spitz have done well in obedience, agility and lure coursing.

They are very alert, and will give ample warning of strangers on the property, but once they realise that the newcomers are welcome, will readily accept them.


Size Height at shoulder: Dogs 34-37 cms (13?- 14? ins); Bitches 30-34 cms (11?-13? ins). Weight: Dogs 8-8.75 kg (18-20 1b); Bitches slightly less.


Colour  Japanese Spitz comes in one colour, and that is white.


Management Despite its profuse pure white coat and contrary to most people's expectations and belief the Japanese Spitz is actually a low maintenance breed. Due to its coats texture, mud and dirt fall off or can be brushed out very easily. The Japanese Spitz only requires a brush and comb once or twice a week to keep the coat free from matting.

They shed their coat once a year and shedding will usually only last about 10 days, depending on the individual dog, they need to be brushed daily during this period and the dead hair is easily combed out.




The Japanese Spitz is a lively little dog that does not require a large back yard, as they are active enough to keep themselves reasonably fit. However, to keep them in top condition, regular walks are recommended and this also stops them getting bored and getting up to mischief. They also love to go on outings.


Books : Only a few books have been published about the Japanese Spitz containing full information on all aspects of the breed.

"The Japanese Spitz" - Marco Pisanto

"The Japanese Spitz" -  Michael Rule

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