Japanese Spitz Breeders, Breed Clubs and Rescue
Another of the Japanese dogs of Spitz background, the Japanese Spitz has a startlingly white coat which is long and stands off in a quite dramatic fashion, quite different to the plush coats of the Japanese Akita and Japanese Shiba Inu. The sparkling brilliance of the coat combined with the intense pigment of the eyes, eye rims, lips and nose make him a dog that can’t be ignored – though in case you did he will make sure you notice him; as the Standard puts it “Slightly chatty at first meeting with strangers”.
The origins of the Japanese Spitz are unclear, though one theory has him descended from the now-extinct German White Spitz, but what is agreed is that he is descended from the Nordic long-haired dogs and was exported to Japan early in the 20th century from Sweden as a larger type. Japanese enthusiasts bred it to create a smaller dog, no more than 14″ and quite lightweight, from where he was exported to Sweden and in 1970 made his way to England.
The Japanese Spitz is an alert and lively dog, affectionate but vocal and is a busy little housedog. He doesn’t need a great deal of exercise and will be happy to adapt himself to your lifestyle, so long as that does not mean being left alone for long periods. He has been quite a success story since he first arrived in the UK. His coat needs a fair amount of attention to do it justice, but a regular thorough weekly brush should keep him looking smart.
Rescue and Rehoming
If you need to rehome your own dog, first contact the breeder to see what support she can offer. If that doesn’t resolve your problem then contact a designated Rescue organisation (if one exists) or a Breed Club.