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German Spitz vs Japanese Spitz vs Finnish Spitz – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between German Spitz vs Japanese Spitz vs Finnish Spitz" Compare German Spitz and Japanese Spitz. Which is better: German Spitz or Japanese Spitz or Finnish Spitz?
Name German Spitz Japanese Spitz Finnish Spitz
OriginsGermany Japan Finland
Group Companion Dogs Companion Dogs Companion Dogs
Popularity Rank344229177
Reviews240
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Other Names Deutscher Spitz Nihon Supittsu Barking Bird Dog, Finnish Hunting Dog, Finnish Spets, Finsk Spets, Loulou Finois, Suomalainen Pystykorva, Suomenpystykorva
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Not recognized by the American Kennel Club. Not recognized by the American Kennel Club. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1991 as a Non-Sporting breed.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Spitz and primitive types group, in the European Spitz 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 Nordic Hunting Dogs section.
Breed Recognition Continental Kennel Club
Dog Registry of America Inc.
Federation Cynologique Internationale
Foundation Stock Service
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.
American Canine Association, Inc.
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.
American Kennel Club
Australian National Kennel Council
Continental Kennel Club
Federation Cynologique Internationale
Kennel Club of Great Britain
National Kennel Club
New Zealand Kennel Club
Price $800-$1000 $500-$800 $500-$700

General Appearance - German Spitz vs Japanese Spitz vs Finnish Spitz

Size Small
Medium
Small Medium
Weight Male: 24-33 pounds (11-15 kg), Female: 18-27 pounds (8-12 kg) 11-20 pounds (5-10 kg) 31-35 pounds (14-16 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 28.5 pounds (13 kg), Female: 22.5 pounds (10 kg) 15.5 pounds (7.5 kg) 33 pounds (15 kg)
Height Male: 19-23 inches (48-58 cm), Female: 15-19 inches (38-48 cm) 12-15 inches (30-38 cm) 15-20 inches (38-51 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 21 inches (53 cm), Female: 17 inches (43 cm) 13.5 inches (34 cm) 17.5 inches (44.5 cm)

Hair & Care - German Spitz vs Japanese Spitz vs Finnish Spitz

Coat Dense
Straight
Thick Dense
Thick
Double
Colors White
Orange
Black
Tricolor
White Red
Gold
Grooming
Advanced: The German Spitz requires a lot of grooming.
Advanced: The Japanese Spitz requires a lot of grooming.
Average: The Finnish Spitz requires average grooming effort.
Shedding Level
German Spitzs shed above average.
Japanese Spitzs shed moderately.
Finnish Spitzs shed moderately.

Characteristics - German Spitz vs Japanese Spitz vs Finnish Spitz

Temperament Devoted
Lively
Attentive
Trainable
Independent
Affectionate
Proud
Intelligent
Companionable
Playful
Loyal
Happy
Intelligent
Playful
Independent
Loyal
Vocal
Intelligent Rank
Very smart: German Spitz is an excellent dog breed.
Average: Japanese Spitz's has average obedience intelligence.
Average: Finnish Spitz's has average obedience intelligence.
Trainability
German Spitzs are easy to train.
Japanese Spitzs are quite easy to train.
Finnish Spitzs are easy to train.
Playfulness
The German Spitz is a playful breed.
The Japanese Spitz is a highly playful breed.
The Finnish Spitz is a playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
German Spitzs don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Japanese Spitzs have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
Finnish Spitzs have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
Affection Level
German Spitzs are average dogs regarding their affection level.
Japanese Spitzs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Finnish Spitzs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
German Spitzs need for social interaction is average.
Japanese Spitzs need a lot of social interaction.
Finnish Spitzs are a social breed.
Barking
Average to high: The German Spitz is a vocal breed.
High: The Japanese Spitz is a very vocal breed.
High: The Finnish Spitz is a very vocal breed.
Watchdog Ability
German Spitzs are one of the best watchdogs.
Japanese Spitzs are average watchdogs.
Finnish Spitzs are average watchdogs.
Territorial
German Spitzs are average defenders.
Japanese Spitzs are extremely protective guard dogs.
Finnish Spitzs are average defenders.
Biting Potential Low
The German Spitz has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Japanese Spitz has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Finnish Spitz has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
German Spitzs have a higher than 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.
Finnish Spitzs have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
German Spitzs have average wanderlust potential.
Japanese Spitzs tend to escape less than other breeds.
Wanderlust potential of the Finnish Spitz is strong enough to escape from home.
Prey Drive
German Spitzs 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.
Finnish Spitzs 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
German Spitzs are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
Japanese Spitzs are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Finnish Spitzs are not apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
German Spitzs adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Japanese Spitzs adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
Finnish Spitzs adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
Japanese Spitzs tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Finnish Spitzs 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 - German Spitz vs Japanese Spitz vs Finnish Spitz

Stranger Friendly
German Spitzs are average friendly towards strangers.
Japanese Spitzs are average friendly towards strangers.
Finnish Spitzs are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
German Spitzs are kid-friendly dogs.
Japanese Spitzs are very kid-friendly dogs.
Finnish Spitzs are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
German Spitzs are average friendly towards cats.
Japanese Spitzs are cat-friendly dogs.
Finnish Spitzs are cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
German Spitzs are average friendly towards other dogs.
Japanese Spitzs are dog-friendly dogs.
Finnish Spitzs are average friendly towards other dogs.
Office Friendly No
German Spitz is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Japanese Spitz is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Yes
Finnish Spitz is one of the best dog breeds for office environment
Senior Citizens Friendly
German Spitzs are usually recommended for elderly people.
Japanese Spitzs are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Finnish Spitzs are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
German Spitzs are generally with other pets.
Japanese Spitzs are usually friendly towards other pets.
Finnish Spitzs are usually friendly towards other pets.
Good For First Time Owners No
German Spitzs 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.
Yes
Finnish Spitzs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going 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.
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.
Boat Dog Not really
German Spitz breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Japanese Spitz breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Finnish Spitz 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 - German Spitz vs Japanese Spitz vs Finnish Spitz

Health Issues
German Spitzs are commonly healthy dogs.
The Japanese Spitz is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Finnish Spitzs are commonly healthy dogs.
Health Problems Dental Problems
Luxating Patella
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Patellar Luxation
Runny Eyes
Epilepsy
Eye Problems
Joint Problems
Life Expectancy 13-14 years 10-16 years 12-15 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
German Spitzs have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Japanese Spitzs have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Finnish Spitzs are high energy dogs.
Exercise Need
German Spitzs need quite a lot of exercise.
Japanese Spitzs have an average exercise need.
Finnish Spitzs need a lot of exercises.
Sleeping Need
German Spitzs 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.
Finnish Spitzs don't need too much sleep.
Avg. daily food consumption 1 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 1/2 to 1 cup dry food a day. 2 to 2.5 cups of a high-quality dog food daily, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Low to Average.
Low to Average.
Average.
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 Finnish Spitz can adapt well to harsh weather conditions, and also can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness Medium
The German Spitz has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Japanese Spitz has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Finnish Spitz has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The German Spitz is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Japanese Spitz is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Finnish Spitz is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - German Spitz vs Japanese Spitz vs Finnish Spitz

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 2-4 puppies 1-6 puppies 3-6 puppies

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