About the Japanese Spitz

You may think you’re looking at a larger than usual White Pomeranian or a smaller version of a Samoyed or an American Eskimo Dog. But we assure you that this breed is unlike any other dog out there, though they are a part of a similar looking grouping of dogs.
The Japanese Spitz is a member of the Spitz dog family. These dogs are all identified by a few distinct traits like:
  • Triangle shaped ears
  • Pointed muzzles
  • Medium to long coats
  • Fluffy tails that flop over onto their backs
This dog breed is no exception to any of these features, but these little dogs are a particularly adorable member of this group.
The most striking feature is their elegant fur. The long hair around their neck gives them a lion-like appearance. This is appropriate for their boisterous personality! Plus, their black eyes, pads, nails, and nose stand out against the brightness of their white coat.
Experts dispute what dog breed the Japanese Spitz originated from. One theory states someone bred them to create a smaller version of the Siberian Samoyed.
Yet, most people believe dog breeders in Japan crossed the White German Spitz with a smaller White Spitz to get the dog breed we know and love today.
Regardless of where they came from, these dogs grew in popularity shortly after appearing for the first time in a dog show in Japan. From there, they traveled from Japan to Sweden, then to England, and finally to the rest of the world.
Most countries accept the Japanese Spitz as an official breed. 
The Japanese Spitz is a healthy breed with few genetic problems. That means fewer worries and stress for you and more time enjoying your companion.
But, like most dog breeds, there are a few potential health issues to be vigilant about. The biggest of these threats is Patellar Luxation. This is a condition in which the kneecap dislocates. This can lead to broader problems like lameness and osteoarthritis.
As well, the Japanese Spitz is prone to runny eyes and tear staining. Too small tear ducts, allergies to long grass, and even stress can cause these issues. Be proactive in your dog’s health through annual exams to prevent any concerns from manifesting into more significant problems.
We’ve already learned that the Japanese Spitz is a healthy breed. But, on top of that great news, they have a nice and long life expectancy. They can live anywhere from 10 – 16 years long, making them one of the longest-lived dog breeds out there. That’s two decades of fun, love, and memories with your fluffy family member.
Another Member of the Family
The Japanese Spitz makes an excellent companion with their kind, intelligent, and loyal temperament. Because of this, any of these dogs you bring home becomes a part of the family. Not only are they affectionate, but they are also bright and playful.
There’s something to love about this dog breed no matter who you are. They make the perfect playmate for a growing child, a cuddle bug for an elderly couple, and an adventure buddy for an active adult.