Japanese Spitz

The Japanese Spitz is a breed of dog originating in Japan, known for its thick coat and fox-like appearance. They are small but robust animals, and have an active and affectionate personality.

General details

The Japanese Spitz has a weight of about 5 to 10 kg, a height at the withers of 30 to 38 cm and an average life expectancy of 12 to 16 years. According to the classification of the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI), it belongs to group 5, which includes Spitz-type dogs and similar breeds.

Breed history in brief

The Japanese Spitz is an ancient breed that originated in Japan more than 3,000 years ago, and was used as a companion and hunting dog. For centuries, these dogs were bred by noble families and samurai, and their popularity grew over time. Today, the Japanese Spitz is a very popular dog in Japan and other countries around the world, being valued for its beauty, intelligence and loyalty.

Breed characteristics

The Japanese Spitz is a small to medium sized, compact and well balanced dog. It has a triangular head and small, erect ears. The eyes are dark, small and almond-shaped. The tail is carried curled over the back or curved to one side. Its coat is thick and straight, with a soft, woolly undercoat, which protects it from the cold. The color of its coat can vary, although the most common colors are white, black, red and sable. It is an active, alert and affectionate dog, but can also be reserved with strangers. In addition, its independent nature can make it a bit difficult to train.

Common health problems

The Japanese Spitz can suffer from several diseases, including hip dysplasia, patellar luxation, Legg-Calvé-Perthes disease and Shaker syndrome.

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