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Havanese vs Japanese Spitz vs Keeshond – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Havanese vs Japanese Spitz vs Keeshond" Compare Havanese and Japanese Spitz. Which is better: Havanese or Japanese Spitz or Keeshond?
Name Havanese Japanese Spitz Keeshond
OriginsCuba Japan Germany Netherlands
Group Companion Dogs Companion Dogs Sled Dogs
Popularity Rank2322987
Reviews341
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Other Names Bichon Havanese, Bichon Habanero, Havanese Cuban Bichon, Bichon Havanais, Bichon Havanês, Havaneser, Havanezer Nihon Supittsu Dutch Barge Dog, Smiling Dutchman, Chien Loup, German Spitz, Deutscher Wolfsspitz, Wolfsspitz, Kees
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1996 as a Toy breed. Not recognized by the American Kennel Club. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1930 as a Non-Sporting breed.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Companion and Toy Dogs group, in the Bichons and related breeds section. Recognized by FCI in the Spitz and primitive types group, in the Asian Spitz and related breeds section. Recognized by FCI in the Spitz and primitive types group, in the European Spitz section.
Breed Recognition American Canine Registry American Kennel Club America's Pet Registry Canadian Kennel Club Dog Registry of America Inc. Federation Cynologique Internationale Kennel Club of Great Britain North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Association, Inc. Australian National Kennel Council Continental Kennel Club National Kennel Club United Kennel Club Havanese Club of America American Canine Registry America's Pet Registry Continental Kennel Club Dog Registry of America Inc. Federation Cynologique Internationale Kennel Club of Great Britain National Kennel Club American Canine Association, Inc. No set
Price $900-$1200 $500-$800 $800-$1000

General Appearance - Havanese vs Japanese Spitz vs Keeshond

Size Small Small Medium
Weight 7-13 pounds (3-6 kg) 11-20 pounds (5-10 kg) 35-45 pounds (15-20 kg)
Avg. Weight 10 pounds (4.5 kg) 15.5 pounds (7.5 kg) 40 pounds (17.5 kg)
Height 8-11 inches (21-29 cm) 12-15 inches (30-38 cm) Male: 17-19 inches (44-48 cm), Female: 16-18 inches (40-46 cm)
Avg. Height 10 inches (25 cm) 13.5 inches (34 cm) Male: 18 inches (46 cm), Female: 17 inches (43 cm)

Hair & Care - Havanese vs Japanese Spitz vs Keeshond

Coat Soft Wavy Woolly Flat Long Thick Fluffy Dense
Colors Black Reddish-Brown Fawn White Havana Brown Tobacco White Silver Gray Cream Black
Grooming
Average: The Havanese requires average grooming effort.
Advanced: The Japanese Spitz requires a lot of grooming.
Advanced: The Keeshond requires a lot of grooming.
Shedding Level
Havaneses shed none to minimal.
Japanese Spitzs shed moderately.
Keeshonds are heavy shedders.

Characteristics - Havanese vs Japanese Spitz vs Keeshond

Temperament Affectionate Gentle Playful Companionable Intelligent Responsive Sturdy Lively Amiable Charming Affectionate Proud Intelligent Companionable Playful Loyal Agile Obedient Quick Intelligent Bright Playful Sturdy
Intelligent Rank
Average: Havanese's has average obedience intelligence.
Average: Japanese Spitz's has average obedience intelligence.
Very smart: Keeshond is an excellent dog breed.
Trainability
Havaneses are very easy to train.
Japanese Spitzs are quite easy to train.
Keeshonds are quite easy to train.
Playfulness
The Havanese is a highly playful breed.
The Japanese Spitz is a highly playful breed.
Keeshonds, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Sensitivity Level
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Japanese Spitzs have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
Keeshonds don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Affection Level
Havaneses are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Japanese Spitzs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Keeshonds are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Havaneses need a lot of social interaction.
Japanese Spitzs need a lot of social interaction.
Keeshonds are a social breed.
Barking
Low to Average: The Havanese rarely barks.
High: The Japanese Spitz is a very vocal breed.
High: The Keeshond is a very vocal breed.
Watchdog Ability
Havaneses are good watchdogs.
Japanese Spitzs are average watchdogs.
Keeshonds are good watchdogs.
Territorial
Havaneses strongly protect their territory.
Japanese Spitzs are extremely protective guard dogs.
Keeshonds are average defenders.
Biting Potential Low
The Havanese has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Japanese Spitz has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Keeshond has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Havaneses have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Japanese Spitzs have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Keeshonds have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Havaneses tend to escape less than other breeds.
Japanese Spitzs tend to escape less than other breeds.
Keeshonds tend to escape less than other breeds.
Prey Drive
Havaneses have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Japanese Spitzs have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Keeshonds have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen.
Apartment Friendly
Havaneses are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Japanese Spitzs are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Keeshonds are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
Adaptability
Havaneses adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Japanese Spitzs adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
Keeshonds adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Havaneses tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Japanese Spitzs tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Keeshonds do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
Fighting Dog Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With - Havanese vs Japanese Spitz vs Keeshond

Stranger Friendly
Havaneses are stranger friendly dogs.
Japanese Spitzs are average friendly towards strangers.
Keeshonds are very stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Havaneses are very kid-friendly dogs.
Japanese Spitzs are very kid-friendly dogs.
Keeshonds are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Havaneses are very cat-friendly dogs.
Japanese Spitzs are cat-friendly dogs.
Keeshonds are cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Havaneses are very dog-friendly dogs.
Japanese Spitzs are dog-friendly dogs.
Keeshonds are dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Havanese is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Japanese Spitz is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Keeshond is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Havaneses are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Japanese Spitzs are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Keeshonds are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Havaneses are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Japanese Spitzs are usually friendly towards other pets.
Keeshonds are usually friendly towards other pets.
Good For First Time Owners No
Havaneses are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Yes
Japanese Spitzs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
No
Keeshonds are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Therapy Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Yes
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Boat Dog Not really
Havanese breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Japanese Spitz breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Keeshond breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.

Health Factors - Havanese vs Japanese Spitz vs Keeshond

Health Issues
The Havanese is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The Japanese Spitz is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The Keeshond is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems Cataracts Chondrodysplasia Deafness Elbow Dysplasia Heart Murmurs Hip Dysplasia Legg-perthes Disease Mitral Valve Disease Patellar Luxation Portosystemic Liver Shunt Patellar Luxation Runny Eyes No set
Life Expectancy 14-16 years 10-16 years 12-14 years
Hypoallergenic Yes No No
Energy Level
Havaneses have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Japanese Spitzs have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Keeshonds have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Exercise Need
Havaneses exercise need is very minimal.
Japanese Spitzs have an average exercise need.
Keeshonds exercise need is minimal.
Sleeping Need
Havaneses sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Japanese Spitzs sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Keeshonds are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Avg. daily food consumption 1/2 to 1 cup dry food a day. 1/2 to 1 cup dry food a day. 2 to 2.5 cup of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Average to High.
Low to Average.
Average to High.
Weather & Climate Tolerates warm and cold weather. Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Japanese Spitz can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Prefers cold weather
The Keeshond can adapt well to harsh weather conditions, and also can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness Low
The Havanese has a low chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Japanese Spitz has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Keeshond has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Havanese is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Japanese Spitz is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Keeshond is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Havanese vs Japanese Spitz vs Keeshond

Gestation Length 60-64 days 60-64 days 60-64 days
How often can the have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Litter Size 1-9 puppies, average 4 1-6 puppies 3-8 puppies

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