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Japanese Spitz

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Japanese Spitz
An unusual 18-year old Spitz still looks young.
An unusual 18-year old Spitz still looks young.
Alternative names
Nihon Supittsu
Country of origin
Common nicknames
Classification and breed standards
FCI: Group 5 Section 5 #262  
ANKC: Group 7 (Non-Sporting)  
KC (UK): Utility  
NZKC: Non-Sporting  
Not recognized by any major kennel club
This breed of dog is extinct

The Japanese Spitz is a small, completely white breed of dog that is thought to have been bred from the Siberian Samoyed for smallness beginning in the late 19th century in Japan. They were introduced to the United States in the 1950s.


They typically weigh 11 to 13 lb (5-6 kg), fully grown, and stand 12 to 14 inches (30-36 cm) off of the ground at the withers. Their coats are mostly white. The hair is longest on the body, with short hair on the head and ears.


The Spitz is an intelligent dog. They make good pets, being easy to train. They are very active, playful, affectionate. They are good with children and other dogs. They bark at strangers and to get attention, making them excellent watch dogs. They are very affectionate and friendly; although some can be withdrawn with strangers, once they get used to someone, they become a lifelong friend.


Japanese Spitz typically live from 10 to 12 years if well cared for; in rare cases they might live as long as 18 years.

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