Species group: Unrecognized and Rare Breed dogs
Other name(s): Nihon Supittsu
The Japanese Spitz is a beautiful little dog that looks like nothing so much as an arctic white mini-Siberian Samoyed. Although it enjoyed a period of popularity in Japan during the 1950s, it didn't really become known in the west until the 1980s, and you may still have to invest some time seeking out this particular breed. This dog may have a personality as unique as its looks. One breeder has described the Japanese Spitz as a breed that approaches humans for companionship on an equal basis, rather than on the basis of submission. Be able to provide loving guidance to a spirited dog that demands kind, consistent training.
Like other Spitz dogs, this breed is clearly adapted to colder climates, and it may not be happy in a very hot climate.
Appearance / health:
The ears of the Japanese Spitz are small and pointed upright. It has a slightly tapering muzzle. It has large oval eyes that are dark and slanted slightly, while the nose and lips are black. The face of the Japanese Spitz is wedge-shaped. It has thick feathering on the feet.
The coat of the Japanese Spitz requires regular combing and brushing. This breed may be bathed only when needed. When the dog is shedding, a comb with a double row of metal teeth serves to remove loose hairs from the under-layer. The texture of the outer coat is such that it allows mud and dirt to slide off from the coat as it dries. This breed lacks a typically doggy odor.
This breed requires a moderate amount of exercise. A long daily walk, along with the chance to run off the lead in a safe area, if possible, may be adequate.
This is a healthy breed that has few genetic problems. It commonly suffers patellar luxation (slipping patella), a condition which breeders are trying to eliminate from the breed. They may also suffer from runny eyes, caused by small tear ducts, as an allergic reaction to long grass, or due to stress.
Behavior / temperament:
The Japanese Spitz is a spirited, intelligent, and playful dog. It makes an alert watchdog that is a tough little house protector and guardian. They are watchful dogs that are aware of things happening around them. They are as happy romping in a yard, as they are to cuddle up with their master and watch TV. This dog has the ability to fit into almost every lifestyle.
The Japanese Spitz is easy to train and responds to early and consistent training. This breed quickly learns games such catching balls or Frisbees. These dogs require a trainer who can impress upon them that he is the 'boss.'
These dogs may bark compulsively. They also bark to warn the owner of the approach of strangers.
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i love paris my dog
i have a dog, her name is Paris, she got her name from my friend in Paris. ever since she was a pup she loves playing on the sofa and sleeping in little corners of the house, when she started getting older her hair on her body started growing very fast leaving hair everywhere in the house, on the sofa,on the floor,in the kitchen,everywhere she went in the house she left evidence that she was there hahahaha, so we decided to get her groomed, it was the first time she is experiencing been groomed, she is only used to getting her showers walks etc...!
however when we went to the pet shop to get her groomed it was a struggle to get her relaxed for the groomer to groom her,she is used to only family members touching her like that. she barks every time the groomer touched her she barked, we have to be rubbing her tummy to get her calm and relaxed, after about 20 min,she finally gave in to let the groomer groom her...! the point is with a little attention all pets can learn to relax in new situations..
From monica1978 Jul 7 2014 11:18PM
Shaggy was the second dog we had. We got her when she was only like 4 months old. Initially, she kept hiding under the bed or sofa and I would really need to look for her during mealtime. It was probably because we had a bigger puppy during that time who was very playful. Maybe she was afraid of her because she was bigger than her. But as days went by, she got accustomed to her new place and became very playful with us. She was not really hard to groom although I must say that she constantly sheds off her hair.
She barks a lot. A very slight sound would bring her to barking and so we thought of her as a very good guard dog. She wasn't friendly to people she rarely saw. She wasn't hard to feed and she would eat everything we gave her.
Just like our first dog (cocker spaniel), Shaggy was also not in the pink of her health. Before she turned 2 she developed this condition whom we later realized was Grand Mal. When she was so mad and kept barking, she would pass out. She would become unconscious for a few minutes, would just fall on the ground. At the first onset, I thought she would die but after a few minutes of just lying there she regained her consciousness. This happened several times and eventually I found a technique to prevent it from happening. When she started to bark as if she was upset at something, I would put the something away from her sight and would immediately start to pacify and comfort her. This worked until she totally recovered from this condition without ever bringing her to a vet.
She was once struck by parvo and had to be confined in a vet clinic for a few days and she survived it!
She loved the attention she was getting from people. She would show off when my friends talk about her as if she knows the language.
She died of sepsis according to the vet. This happened a few days after she gave birth. Probably, she had an infection which aggravated to sepsis. She was also confined and died in the clinic :(.
From ceciliamp Jun 24 2015 12:06PM
Japanese Spitz - temperament of the breed or the previous owner?
I looked after this dog for a few months whilst his owners were away. He was a gorgeous looking dog (like a polar bear) and was very obedient. However, he was very needy - he absolutely hated being by himself. Even if I was having a shower he wanted to be in the room.. When we would go out he would bark and bark until we came back (according to the neighbours).
I'm not sure if this is the temperament of the breed or the way the previous owners trained him, hard to tell. They definitely loved him, but perhaps too much..
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