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Japanese Spitz Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Japanese Spitz so you can get to know the breed more.

OriginJapan
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Other Names
What other names does the Japanese Spitz have? The dog breed also known as...
Nihon Supittsu
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred
AKC Group
Is Japanese Spitz recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Japanese Spitz recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Recognized by FCI in the Spitz and primitive types group, in the Asian Spitz and related breeds section.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Japanese Spitz breed?
American Canine RegistryAmerica's Pet RegistryDog Registry of America Inc.Federation Cynologique InternationaleKennel Club of Great BritainAmerican Canine Association, Inc.Continental Kennel ClubNational Kennel Club
Price
How much does the Japanese Spitz puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? Japanese Spitz price:
$500-$800
If you choose to purchase the Japanese Spitz, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Japanese Spitz for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Japanese Spitz gets to a happy place.

General Appearance

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Japanese Spitz size:
Small
Weight
How much does the Japanese Spitz weigh? Japanese Spitz weight:
11-20 pounds (5-10 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the Japanese Spitz? Japanese Spitz average weight:
15.5 pounds (7.5 kg)
Height
How tall is the Japanese Spitz? Japanese Spitz height:
12-15 inches (30-38 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? Japanese Spitz average height:
13.5 inches (34 cm)

Hair & Care

Coat
What type of coat does the Japanese Spitz have? What does this canine coat look like?
Thick
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Japanese Spitz's coat?
White
Grooming
How to groom the Japanese Spitz and how often?
Advanced: The Japanese Spitz requires a lot of grooming. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer can be helpful sometimes. Regular brushed dog's coat is less likely to shed. Ears and eyes should be cleaned often to avoid infections. Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Occasional dog nail trimming and dog bath is important. Check the local pet store for dog grooming supplies and find the best dog shampoo to keep its coat healthy and to give your Japanese Spitz a pleasant experience of a dog bath. If you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of your Japanese Spitz, search for the best dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment. Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk in dog bath places nearby.
Shedding Level
How much do Japanese Spitz dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Nihon Supittsu? Japanese Spitz shedding level:
Japanese Spitzs shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.

Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Japanese Spitz have? What characteristics does the breed have?
AffectionateProudIntelligentCompanionablePlayfulLoyal
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Japanese Spitz? Are they intelligent?
Average: Japanese Spitz's has average obedience intelligence. Patience is needed for teaching this breed to any tricks and commands though, but it's worth the effort. They understand and memorize new commands in 25-40 repetitions. This breed obeys for the first command 50% of the time or better.
Trainability
Are Japanese Spitz dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Japanese Spitzs are quite easy to train. Sometimes they can be challenging, but if you're consistent in teaching new commands they will obey for sure.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
The Japanese Spitz is a highly playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Japanese Spitz sensitivity:
Japanese Spitzs have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed. Sometimes it's okay to change the daily routine, have guests and listen to loud music. Some dogs handle moderate punishment very well, while others crumble apart at a dirty look. This breed is not affected emotionally for moderate punishment.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they?
Japanese Spitzs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and considered as a great therapy dog for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Nihon Supittsu need? Japanese Spitz social needs:
Japanese Spitzs need a lot of social interaction. They desire to always be with someone or around people. This breed hates being left alone.
Barking
Do Japanese Spitz dogs bark a lot? Why does my Nihon Supittsu bark?
High: The Japanese Spitz is a very vocal breed. Definitely not the best choice if you prefer a quiet breed. They often enjoy barking and howling loudly. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and same barks could have a different meaning. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Japanese Spitz good as a watchdog?
Japanese Spitzs are average watchdogs. If they sense something different, they will alert you, but the observation isn't considered as their main job.
Territorial
Do Japanese Spitz dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their territory?
Japanese Spitzs are extremely protective guard dogs. This breed doesn't hesitate to protect their territory so the Japanese Spitz can be a good choice if you want an excellent guard dog. Keep calm and the Japanese Spitz will take care of unwanted people or animals.
Biting Potential
Do Japanese Spitz bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Nihon Supittsu? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Japanese Spitz? Why do dog bites happen?
Low
The Japanese Spitz has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Japanese Spitz do?
Japanese Spitzs have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Japanese Spitzs need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Japanese Spitz to run away? Does this breed wander a lot? Does Japanese Spitz roam?
Japanese Spitzs tend to escape less than other breeds. They have low to average wanderlust potential. Exploring the world is not the best activity they can imagine.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Japanese Spitz have high prey drive?
Japanese Spitzs have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Apartment Friendly
Is Japanese Spitz good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Japanese Spitzs are very apartment-friendly dogs. Besides the daily walk outside they don't require a big garden.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Japanese Spitzs adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Japanese Spitzs tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Fighting Dog
Where Japanese Spitz dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they friendly with strangers?
Japanese Spitzs are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Are Japanese Spitz dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Japanese Spitz and children:
Japanese Spitzs are very kid-friendly dogs. This breed enjoys being surrounded by children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Japanese Spitz dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats?
Japanese Spitzs are cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Japanese Spitz good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Japanese Spitz dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Japanese Spitzs are dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Japanese Spitz can be a great choice.
Office Friendly
Are Japanese Spitzs good office dogs? Do Japanese Spitzs make good office friendly dogs? Can Japanese Spitzs be ofiice dogs?
No
Japanese Spitz is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Japanese Spitz dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Nihon Supittsu temperament with senior people? Are Japanese Spitz dogs good for elderly owners?
Japanese Spitzs are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Japanese Spitz dogs get along with other pets? Are Japanese Spitz dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Japanese Spitzs are usually friendly towards other pets.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Japanese Spitz breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
Yes
Japanese Spitzs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Japanese Spitz be a service dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Japanese Spitz is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Japanese Spitz be a therapy dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Japanese Spitz is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Japanese Spitz be a 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. Japanese Spitz is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Japanese Spitz be a search and rescue dog?
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. The Japanese Spitz is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Japanese Spitz be a boat dog?
Not really
Japanese Spitz breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Japanese Spitz be a drafting dog?
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Japanese Spitz is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy breed? Do Japanese Spitz dogs have health problems?
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Health Problems
What health problems does the Japanese Spitz breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Japanese Spitz breed? Health risks of Japanese Spitz:
Patellar LuxationRunny Eyes
Life Expectancy
How long do Japanese Spitz dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Japanese Spitz be?
10-16 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Japanese Spitz breed hypoallergenic?
No
Japanese Spitzs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Japanese Spitz have?
Japanese Spitzs have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do Japanese Spitz dogs require per day?
Japanese Spitzs have an average exercise need. This breed is satisfied with short walks every weekday and a long one on weekends.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Japanese Spitzs sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Japanese Spitz need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
1/2 to 1 cup dry food a day.A Japanese Spitz dog diet should be formulated for a small-to-mid-sized breed with average energy and exercise needs.
Weight Gain Potential
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Japanese Spitz risk for obesity:
Low to Average. The Japanese Spitz has a low to the average risk for obesity. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight change, consult your veterinarian to make a meal plan, and measure the Japanese Spitz's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold 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.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
Medium
The Japanese Spitz has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Does the Japanese Spitz drool?
The Japanese Spitz is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Japanese Spitz could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimal compared to others, just like the Japanese Spitz. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does it take to have Japanese Spitz puppies?
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Japanese Spitz: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the Japanese Spitz have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Japanese Spitz have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
1-6 puppies

Pros & Cons of Japanese Spitz

Pros
  • Apartment Friendly: Japanese Spitzs are very apartment-friendly dogs.
  • Drooling tendency: The Japanese Spitz is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
  • Weight Gain Potential: Low to Average.
  • Mouthiness: Japanese Spitzs have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Japanese Spitzs tend to escape less than other breeds.
  • Adaptability: Japanese Spitzs adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
  • Child Friendly: Japanese Spitzs are very kid-friendly dogs.
  • Cat Friendly: Japanese Spitzs are cat-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: Japanese Spitzs are dog-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Japanese Spitzs are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Japanese Spitzs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Cons
  • Hypoallergenic: Japanese Spitzs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Grooming: Advanced: The Japanese Spitz requires a lot of grooming.
  • 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.
  • Office Friendly: Japanese Spitz is not the best dog breed for office environment.

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