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Japanese Spitz Breeders

If you are after a beautiful, loving family companion, the Japanese Spitz just might be the perfect dog for you.  Here’s what you need to know.

Characteristics of the Japanese Spitz

The Japanese Spitz is a small dog standing up to 15 inches tall at the shoulder and weighing up to 10 kilograms.  the tail is curled up over the back, and the dog has large, dark eyes, and a black nose and lips.  The Japanese Spitz is a long haired dog with a thick undercoat and the coat is pure white in colour.

The Japanese Spitz Temperament

The Japanese Spitz is a lively, alert, intelligent and playful dog.  Their intelligence means that they are quite receptive to training but the owner does need to be consistent in training and start at an early age.  The Japanese Spitz is a good watchdog and will happily let their owners know when there is someone at the door.  They are quite a bold dog and they can suffer from “small dog syndrome”, believing that they are a bigger dog that they actually are.  The Japanese Spitz is generally a very happy dog that loves children and other animals.  They love nothing more than being part of the family.

Caring for a Japanese Spitz

As the Japanese Spitz is a long haired dog, regular grooming is necessary but is very easy.  Brushing and combing should be done at least a few times a week in order to prevent matts and tangles and to remove dirt from the coat.  Because the coat has a “Teflon” like texture, you’ll find that mud and dirt just brushes right out!  During shedding season, you will need to use a metal comb to remove loose hair from the dog’s undercoat.  Bathing is not required and should be done only when necessary.  Exercise-wise, it is important to walk your Japanese Spitz daily.  If possible, it is ideal to let your dog run around off leash in a safe area.  The Japanese Spitz is an active breed and so will need to be exercised daily.

The Japanese Spitz will live for around 12 to 14 years on average but can live for 17 years or more with good care.

Who is the Japanese Spitz Suited To?

The Japanese Spitz is a great family dog as they thrive on human companionship but they are also excellent companions for single people.  As they are a small dog, they do well in apartments as they are fairly active inside but owners do have to be sure that they take their dog out for plenty of exercise.  Owners that let their dogs outside should have a well fenced yard as the Japanese Spitz can jump surprisingly high.

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