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The Japanese Spitz is a small family companion with the heart of a big watchdog. This breed may resemble American Eskimo dogs, white Pomeranians or small Samoyeds, but Japanese Spitzes have their own lineages and come from, you guessed it, Japan. Although the American Kennel Club does not recognise this breed, many other kennel clubs around the world accept them. They make good flat dogs, as long as the parents meet their exercise needs, and have fairly low grooming needs, despite the appearance of their beautiful white coat.Dogs of this breed are protective of their human families, despite being small in stature, and are known to bark when strangers enter their territory without backing down. If you want a dog that is a dedicated member of the family, with a spirit and personality that far outweigh its physical size, the Japanese Spitz may be the dog for you.
Japanese Spitz dogs have few grooming needs, despite the appearance of their beautiful white coat. Their coat repels most debris and dirt, and they rarely need baths, as they have no doggy odour. Although similar in appearance to the American Eskimo, Pomeranian and Samoyed, the Japanese Spitz breed has its own history and is recognised as a separate breed by many kennel clubs around the world. Japanese Spitz dogs have a louder bark than would be expected for their size, and are known to be fearless, especially when protecting their families.Although they make good flat dogs, Japanese Spitz dogs do not like to be left alone for long periods of time, or they can become anxious.These dogs are very intelligent and respond well to positive reinforcement training.Japanese Spitz dogs are family friendly. They are known to be playful and gentle with children, and tend to get along well with other dogs in the household.
The Japanese Spitz breed made its debut at a dog show in Tokyo, Japan in 1921. The first dogs of the breed were descended from several white German Spitz that were brought to Japan from China. In the years that followed, many other breeds of white Spitz were imported from around the world and crossed to produce more desirable traits in the emerging Japanese Spitz breed. It was not until after World War II that the breed standards were finalised and the Japanese Kennel Club began to recognise the Japanese Spitz. In the 1950s, Japanese Spitz dogs were exported to Sweden, then to England and then all over the world. In time, national kennel clubs around the world recognised the Japanese Spitz as their own breed, although many of these kennel clubs still vary in their breed standards, especially when it comes to the size these dogs should be. The American Kennel Club is an exception, as it does not recognise the Japanese Spitz as a separate breed, mainly because of its strong resemblance to the American Eskimo dog. The popularity of the breed continues to grow worldwide.
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