How do you stop Japanese Spitz from shedding?

How do you stop Japanese Spitz from shedding?

When it comes to choosing a cute and lovable dog breed, the Japanese Spitz would probably be one of your first choices. This beloved breed is so friendly and loyal to its owners.

The Spitz likes to spend most of its time around its owners. For this reason, these dogs end up developing human-like personalities. They also have the looks.

The double-layered coat makes the dog look like a fluffy cotton ball. But the Japanese Spitz is known to be a breed that requires high maintenance, just like any other luxurious dog breed.

This double-coated breed sheds once or twice a year. In fact, the shedding can be so much, leaving you asking.

How do you stop a Japanese Spitz from Shedding?

Japanese Spitz is a dog breed that sheds seasonally. So, the shedding can’t be controlled, and you can’t stop a Japanese Spitz from shedding. Most people think that trimming the hair down makes the Spiltz stop from shedding, unfortunately, your Japanese Spiltz won’t stop shedding seasonally even if you shaved her bald.

Even if you trim down the dog’s hair, a shedding dog will always shed. Actually, with the Japanese Spitz and other double-coated breeds, shaving has an adverse effect to their coat.

It can affect the growth of the undercoat, which is originally meant to protect and insulate their bodies from the coolest/hottest seasons.

Therefore, Spitz breeds shouldn’t be shaved or trimmed. Instead, they only need to be brushed. But, these dogs need very little grooming, unlike other double-coated breeds.”

What is Seasonal Shedding?

As we all know, all dogs shed. In fact, any other animal that has hair sheds at some point. With double-coated breeds, the shedding may vary by the specific type of breed.

Despite the fact that Japanese Spitz are heavy shedders, they don’t actually shed all the time. The undercoat only falls out practically all at once during the course of the year.

There is a difference on the amount of shedding in male and female Spitz, though. Males are known to shed once a year, while females shed off their coat twice a year, and most times it is during the spring and fall change of seasons.

You have to brush the hair away

Brushing is a very important task, especially to long haired dogs like the Spitz. If you neglect brushing, your dog’s hair might be tangled up, leading to the development of mats. Brushing normally removes dead, loose hair before it tangles together.

So you have to use a brush as well as a wide-tooth comb in order to get through both layers of hair. This should ultimately get rid of any tangles before they can become unmanageable mats.

Typically, a Spitz must be brushed only once or twice in a week; but you will need to increase the frequency when he’s in his major shedding period.

Here, you will have to brush your dog on a daily basis, then move on to the normal, less-frequent brushing when the shedding period is over. That being said, the shedding period of a Japanese Spits is only a week or two.

How to wash your Japanese Spitz

While your dog might need frequent brushing, a Japanese Spitz doesn’t need regular baths in order to keep his coat long elegant.

A Japanese Spitz is a self-cleaning dog. He will often be seen licking and grooming his coat and paws, just like a cat does.

The dog needs bathing no more often than once every three or four months, or when he rolled into something stinky.

You will be glad to know that the dog is very easy to clean. The texture of the Spitz’s coat makes even the stickiest mud come off easily. If he does get some mud on him, however, it is recommended that you should dry him out completely, then brushing off the dirt before you can start washing him.

When you are washing your dog, consider using a gentle dog shampoo. You can then rinse thoroughly and blow dry him until he regains that bushy signature look. If you leave it to air-dry, it can take longer.

If you time the seasonal bath right, you might actually bath him in the midst of his shedding period. So in this way, you’ll get a lot of the loose hair out while he’s in the tub, which will save you a lot of time.

One important factor to mention is that you should use a drain cover that will catch the washed out loose hairs before they collect in your drain. Too much accumulation of the dog hairs in the drain can cost you a plumber’s visit.

Is there unusual shedding?

Generally speaking, all dogs, even the double coats, shed hair minimally throughout the year. With Japanese Spitz, you should notice copious shed Spitz hair in your home only when he’s going through his big shedding phase.

But if you notice that your dog seems to shed undercoat a lot more than the usual two distinct periods a year, consider visiting your vet for help or consultation.

You should also pay your vet a visit if your coat of your Spitz seems thin and dull as this could be a sign that something is wrong. In fact, if the coat looks strange or out-of-the-ordinary, it means there is something wrong with the dog’s health.

For the most part, these signs are usually an indication of a less-serious problem. It could be something as simple as low-quality food. Or it could be a much more serious health condition like hypothyroidism, but this very rare nowadays. Once the causal problem has been fixed, your dog’s coat will also return to its normal state.

Taking care of a Japanese Spitz

Having a Japanese Spitz around the house is very fun. These breeds are playful, active and they have a gorgeous coat that just lights up the room.

But as we mentioned before, there is a price you have to pay when it comes to owning a Spitz and that is; the dogs are high maintenance.

If you ignore this responsibility, you are setting yourself up for a busy detangling session. Also, it may cause a lot of discomfort to your dog, not to mention the development of strange smells in your home.


Always ensure that you remember to brush your regular to take away some of that dead and dry hair. Once you do so, you won’t have to vacuum the hair later in your kitchen.

The best way you can do this is to start with a slicker brush. This brush helps in picking apart any mats in the hair that have developed since your last brushing.

Afterwards, you can then smooth out the rest of the coat with a bristle brush. If you don’t have prior experience or if you find that the daily maintenance of a long coat is too much work for you, have a groomer do it for you.

Cleaning guidelines

Most dogs are required to take a bath once every three months, according to the ASPCA should take a bath once every three months.

For the Japanese Spitz as well as other Long-haired dogs, you may need to bath them more frequently. The general rule of thumb is that the longer your dog’s hair, the more likely it is to drag in the mud and collecting dirt.

As such, your dog’s coat may need frequent cleaning- even when you won’t snuggle up with him sooner. Bathing will just keep the dog looking its best.

Besides the actual bathing session, you can also wipe your dog down with a warm, wet washcloth as required.

Around the House

All long-haired dogs need frequent cleaning around the house, but this typically depending on how much your dog sheds. Some long-haired dogs shed very little, which means they are a low maintenance in this area.

But in terms of the heavy-shedding Spitz, you always have to be prepared to spend time vacuuming and dusting any surfaces where your dog is likely to leave hair.

Also, heavy shedding may mean usually collects on the clothes that you wear, particularly darker clothing. So you might want to wear some lint rollers prior to cuddling with your Spitz.


In summary, the shedding in Japanese Spitz can’t be stopped. These are double-coated dogs that are naturally supposed to shed.

If you have a male Spitz, you will only have to deal with the once-in-a-year shedding, but if you have a female Spitz, the maintenance will be twice as much.

The regular brushing and bathing might seem like to much work to some dog owners. So what? Shedding is the price you have to pay for keeping these gorgeous, white dogs.

If you try to use method, such as shaving, you are only depriving your dog from its natural coat that is made to insulate them all year round. What’s more, it may take a while for the hair to grow back to its original state, or it may not altogether. Shedding can’t be stopped, but it can be endured.

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