/Breed Introduction: Japanese Spitz

Japanese Spitz Dog Breed Introduction

Japanese Spitz is a dog with Japanese origin, developed between 1920 and 1930 by crossbreeding various breed of Spitz to create Japanese Spitz. Dog breeders started with white German Spitz dogs, who were initially brought over from China to Japan. The dogs were first displayed in Tokyo at a dog show in 1921. Several little white Spitzes were transported around the world and crossbreed with the aim of producing a better breed between 1924 and 1937. The last standard for this breed was written after the post-World War II breeds and was accepted by the Japan Kennel Club.

Japanese Spitz is an uncommon breed. With a white coat and sharp nose, this small dog is often compared with the Arctic Fox. Yet, there is something cool about the Japanese Spitz, whose affectionate and vivacious nature makes them an ideal pet. Japanese Spitz gained recognition in Japan in the 50s and was sent out to Sweden in the early 50s. From there, the breed went to England and was recognized by the Kennel Club in 1977. Japanese Spitz has since gained popularity in places like Australia, India, and the United States. It is also recognized by most major kennel club’s in English speaking world.

Japanese Spitz Origin


Information about the development of Japanese Spitz goes back to about 80 years ago. It has now been confirmed that this dog was created and developed in Japan by cynologists experts around 1920 and 1950. Their beginning stage began when various Spitz dogs were imported at different times from various countries. Also, there was a hidden question between those who consider this dog basically as a relative of German Spitz or those who believed its origins as more distinct and singular.

The story has it that after the Second World War, the Japanese Spitz suffered from uncontrolled crossbreeding with other comparable dogs like the Samoyed German Samoyed, American Eskimo, and unidentified white Japanese dog. However, the efforts of the breed fancier managed to save this dog from important debasement in time. From the data we gathered and the arguments presented we can say that Japanese Spitz is initially bred from at least 2 varieties of dogs – American Eskimo and White Russian Spitz. The following are the characteristics of Japanese Spitz.

Japanese Spitz Characteristics


Japanese Spitz is a lively, playful, cheerful, intelligent, and happy breed.

They are highly affectionate, though they can be cautious of strangers. They are bred for companionship and love to be with people of all ages as well as animals.

The most outstanding characteristic of the Japanese Spitz is its coat. The eye-catching coat is white in color, with long, soft hair which seems to repel dirt instead of attracting it.

They tend to be suspicious of visitors upon first meeting, so time and patience are necessary for this bread to become familiar with your visitors and associates. After that, you will have a buddy for life.

They are little enough to enjoy being a lap dog, but let them have their personal time at their discretion, as they have an independent nature with a will of their own.