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

"Find similarities and differences between Japanese Spitz vs Keeshond vs Labrador Retriever" Compare Japanese Spitz and Keeshond. Which is better: Japanese Spitz or Keeshond or Labrador Retriever?
Name Japanese Spitz Keeshond Labrador Retriever
OriginsJapan Germany Netherlands England Canada
Group Companion Dogs Sled Dogs Gun Dog
Popularity Rank229871
Reviews413
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Other Names Nihon Supittsu Dutch Barge Dog, Smiling Dutchman, Chien Loup, German Spitz, Deutscher Wolfsspitz, Wolfsspitz, Kees Labrador, Lab
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Not recognized by the American Kennel Club. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1930 as a Non-Sporting breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1917 as a Sporting breed.
FCI Group 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. Recognized by FCI in the Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs group, in the Retrievers section.
Breed Recognition 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 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 New Zealand Kennel Club United Kennel Club Canadian Canine Registry
Price $500-$800 $800-$1000 $1000-$2000

General Appearance - Japanese Spitz vs Keeshond vs Labrador Retriever

Size Small Medium Large
Weight 11-20 pounds (5-10 kg) 35-45 pounds (15-20 kg) Male: 60-75 pounds (27-34kg), Female: 55-70 pounds (25-32 kg)
Avg. Weight 15.5 pounds (7.5 kg) 40 pounds (17.5 kg) Male: 67.5 pounds (30.5 kg), Female: 62.5 pounds (28.5 kg)
Height 12-15 inches (30-38 cm) Male: 17-19 inches (44-48 cm), Female: 16-18 inches (40-46 cm) Male: 22-24 inches (56-61cm), Female: 21-23 inches (53-58 cm)
Avg. Height 13.5 inches (34 cm) Male: 18 inches (46 cm), Female: 17 inches (43 cm) Male: 23 inches (58.5 cm), Female: 22 inches (55.5 cm)

Hair & Care - Japanese Spitz vs Keeshond vs Labrador Retriever

Coat Thick Fluffy Dense Dense Waterproof Hard Short
Colors White Silver Gray Cream Black Yellow Chocolate Black
Grooming
Advanced: The Japanese Spitz requires a lot of grooming.
Advanced: The Keeshond requires a lot of grooming.
Effortless: The Labrador Retriever requires minimal grooming.
Shedding Level
Japanese Spitzs shed moderately.
Keeshonds are heavy shedders.
Labrador Retrievers shed moderately.

Characteristics - Japanese Spitz vs Keeshond vs Labrador Retriever

Temperament Affectionate Proud Intelligent Companionable Playful Loyal Agile Obedient Quick Intelligent Bright Playful Sturdy Affectionate Cheerful Friendly Intelligent Loyal Playful Social Alert Energetic Gentle Loving Going Responsive
Intelligent Rank
Average: Japanese Spitz's has average obedience intelligence.
Very smart: Keeshond is an excellent dog breed.
Outstanding: Labrador Retriever is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Trainability
Japanese Spitzs are quite easy to train.
Keeshonds are quite easy to train.
Labrador Retrievers are very easy to train.
Playfulness
The Japanese Spitz is a highly playful breed.
Keeshonds, like any other dog breed, like playing.
The Labrador Retriever is a highly playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
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.
Labrador Retrievers don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Affection Level
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.
Labrador Retrievers may seem unfriendly sometimes due to their independence.
Social Needs
Japanese Spitzs need a lot of social interaction.
Keeshonds are a social breed.
Labrador Retrievers need a lot of social interaction.
Barking
High: The Japanese Spitz is a very vocal breed.
High: The Keeshond is a very vocal breed.
Average: The Labrador Retriever barks occasionally.
Watchdog Ability
Japanese Spitzs are average watchdogs.
Keeshonds are good watchdogs.
Labrador Retrievers are average watchdogs.
Territorial
Japanese Spitzs are extremely protective guard dogs.
Keeshonds are average defenders.
Labrador Retrievers are average defenders.
Biting Potential Low
The Japanese Spitz has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Keeshond has a low chance of biting somebody.
Moderate
The Labrador Retriever has an average chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
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.
Labrador Retrievers have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Japanese Spitzs tend to escape less than other breeds.
Keeshonds tend to escape less than other breeds.
Labrador Retrievers have average wanderlust potential.
Prey Drive
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.
Labrador Retrievers have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Apartment Friendly
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.
Labrador Retrievers are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Adaptability
Japanese Spitzs adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
Keeshonds adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Labrador Retrievers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
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.
Labrador Retrievers tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
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 - Japanese Spitz vs Keeshond vs Labrador Retriever

Stranger Friendly
Japanese Spitzs are average friendly towards strangers.
Keeshonds are very stranger friendly dogs.
Labrador Retrievers are very stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Japanese Spitzs are very kid-friendly dogs.
Keeshonds are kid-friendly dogs.
Labrador Retrievers are very kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Japanese Spitzs are cat-friendly dogs.
Keeshonds are cat-friendly dogs.
Labrador Retrievers are cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Japanese Spitzs are dog-friendly dogs.
Keeshonds are dog-friendly dogs.
Labrador Retrievers are very dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Japanese Spitz is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Keeshond is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Labrador Retriever is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Japanese Spitzs are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Keeshonds are usually recommended for elderly people.
Labrador Retrievers are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Japanese Spitzs are usually friendly towards other pets.
Keeshonds are usually friendly towards other pets.
Labrador Retrievers are usually friendly towards other pets.
Good For First Time Owners 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.
No
Labrador Retrievers 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.
Yes
This breed makes good 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.
Yes
This breed makes a perfect 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.
Yes
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.
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.
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
Japanese Spitz breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Keeshond breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Yes
Labrador Retriever breed usually likes 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 - Japanese Spitz vs Keeshond vs Labrador Retriever

Health Issues
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.
The Labrador Retriever is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems Patellar Luxation Runny Eyes No set Acute Moist Dermatitis Bloat Cataracts Cold Tail Ear Infections Elbow Dysplasia Epilepsy Hip Dysplasia Myopathy Osteochondrosis Dissecans Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Tricuspid Valve Dysplasia
Life Expectancy 10-16 years 12-14 years 10-12 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
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.
Labrador Retrievers are high energy dogs.
Exercise Need
Japanese Spitzs have an average exercise need.
Keeshonds exercise need is minimal.
Labrador Retrievers need a lot of exercises.
Sleeping Need
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.
Labrador Retrievers don't need too much sleep.
Avg. daily food consumption 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. Recommended daily amount: 2.5 to 3 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Low to Average.
Average to High.
High: The Labrador Retriever breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
Weather & Climate 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.
Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness Medium
The Japanese Spitz has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Keeshond has an average chance of bad smell.
High
The Labrador Retriever has a high chance of bad smell.
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.
The Labrador Retriever is an average drooler.

Reproducibility - Japanese Spitz vs Keeshond vs Labrador Retriever

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 1-6 puppies 3-8 puppies 5-10 puppies

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