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Japanese Spitz Dog Breed

The Japanese Spitz was developed during the late 1800s and although some believe that it descended from the Siberian Samoyed, breeders in Japan were said to have developed it by crossbreeding a number of Spitz breeds, including the German Spitz dogs. The bred has since then gained worldwide popularity and is accepted by a majority of the major kennel clubs except the AKC because it is similar to the American Eskimo Dog.

A small companion type of dog, the Japanese Spitz has a height of 12 to 15 inches and weighs 11 to 20 pounds. It has a distinct wedge-shaped face with a pointed muzzle and small, triangular ears that are prick. The eyes are large and oval-shaped and slightly slanted. It has a long tail that is heavily covered with long fur and carried curled over the back. Despite its fluffy and feathered appearance, the thick, pure white double coat of the Japanese Spitz doesn’t shed as much and it is in fact a low maintenance breed.

A happy dog with a big spirit and a quick intelligence, the Japanese Spitz is an excellent companion dog. They enjoy games of agility and running, playing catch with balls or Frisbees. This is one tough little dog that is a good watch dog in the house. Affectionate, good with children and other pets, the Japanese Spitz will adapt to its owner’s lifestyle and dwelling.

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