Japanese Spitz

Japanese Spitz description

In 1920, the German Spitz was introduced to Japan. It is believed that the Japanese Spitz resulted from the breeding and selection of the white coat German Spitz. In 1921, the Japanese Spitz breed made his first entrance to a dog show in Tokyo. Slowly, the Japanese Spitz became very popular and breeders took a growing interest in developing the breed. Spitz were imported from many different countries such as Germany, Canada and China. In the middle of the 20th century, the standard of the Japanese Spitz breed was created.

Japanese Spitz characteristics

A Japanese Spitz weighs between 5 and 6 kilos and measures 12 to 14 inches. Japanese Spitz have a long white haired coat.

Japanese Spitz grooming

The Japanese Spitz sheds hair but, unlike, other long haired coat dogs, he does not require regular grooming. The hair of the Japanese Spitz is very sensible and bathing the dog too often will damage his coat. Subsequently, he should be bathed when needed only. An alternative to bathing can be to sprinkle baby powder into the dog's hair and brush him carefully.

However, the Japanese Spitz should be brushed and combed regularly in order to maintain his beautiful white coat and ensure his hair is free from tangles. Doing so will also help owners in preventing infections and spotting ticks and fleas more rapidly.

The eyes of the Japanese Spitz should be cleaned with a wet cloth everyday as debris tend to build up and can be source of infection. When brushing your dog, it is a good idea to look at the ears of the animal to prevent infections from occuring.

Japanese Spitz temperament

The Japanese Spitz is a very lively dog who enjoys playing. He is a good and loyal companion around children and older people. At home, he is a a good watchdog as he will bark to notify his owners of a stranger approaching the house.

Endowed with a good temperament, he generally gets along with other dogs.

Japanese Spitz training

Japanese Spitz are generally fast learners who are eager to please their owners. A gentle but firm training is preferable. Japanese Spitz puppies react well to positive reinforcement. Associating wanted behaviour with a reward will make the training more entertaining and enjoyable for your puppy or older dog.

Being wary about strangers, it is important to introduce your Japanese Spitz puppy to your friends and relatives as early as possible. Older dogs generally bark at strangers and will need time to get use to them being around.

Japanese Spitz food habits

The Japanese Spitz does not eat large quantities of food and it also is necessary to feed him with a high quality aliment containing the nutrients essential to his growth. Japanese Spitz have sensitive teeth, also it is preferable to feed them with commercial dry food to avoid tartar build up.

Japanese Spitz health

With a life expectancy of about 12 years, the Japanese Spitz is a healthy dog breed. However, like most dog breeds, the Japanese Spitz can be subject to Patellar luxation

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