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Japanese Spitz


General Information - Japanese Spitz


Group:
Non sporting

Size:
small

Lifespan:
12-15 years

Exercise:
medium

Grooming:
high

Trainability:
medium

Watchdog ability:
very high

Protection ability:
very low

Area of Origin:
Japan

Date of Origin:
1900's

Other Names:
none

Original Function:
Companion, watchdog



History

The Japanese Spitz is assumed to be a miniaturisation of the Samoyed, the breed that travelled with nomadic tribes from Mongolia, and so is thought by some to not be related to the American Eskimo Dog; however, there is some disagreement on that point. It is conjectured that it dates to the early 1900's and was developed as a companion first, and a watchdog later.

Temperament

The Japanese Spitz is a bold and intelligent little dog that has courage beyond its size, and makes a wonderful companion. A lively dog, it may have a tendency to bark a lot, especially to warn you when strangers approach.

Upkeep

The Japanese Spitz is active and needs exercise every day, either in the form of a walk or a vigorous play session. It can live outdoors in temperate to cold climates, but it much prefers to live indoors with its human family. Its thick coat needs brushing and combing two to three times a week, daily when shedding.