The Japanese Spitz is one of the best dog breeds that you can get. This dog was originally bred as a companion breed, so it naturally has all the traits that a companion breed should have.
The Spitz is known to be very affectionate and loyal to its owners. For the most part, this dog likes to spend time with its owners. Besides that, it is an active dog that gets along with anything in the family, especially children.
Whether you plan on staying in our spending the time outdoors, these dogs will enjoy being part of any family. But you may have seen your Spitz and realized that it just isn’t as fluffy as the other Spitz you are used to seeing. Is this a sign of a medical condition? What’s going on?
Why is my Japanese Spitz not as fluffy as others?
If your Spitz doesn’t seem to be fluffy, there are a few things that may be the cause of this. Initially, the fluffiness (or lack thereof) may be due to the season. The coat of a Japanese Spitz is said to vary in terms of texture and thickness during the summer or the winter.
The Japanese Spitz have a fluffier coat during the winter, and a less dense one when it’s the summer. Also, the difference in fluffiness may be based on the gender of the Spitz.
Male Spitz tend to get a more fluffy appearance, especially around their “mane” area, while females don’t get very fluffy. Most importantly, it depends on where you purchased the pup from.
A registered breeder will always be your best bet. That said, if you purchased your Spitz from an unregistered breeder, then there is a chance that you may not have purchased a purebred Spitz.
Just as most Japanese dogs, the Japanese Spitz belongs to the Non-Sporting Group of breeds. The breed was originally created in Japan (just as the name clearly states) sometime in the early twentieth century.
They were breed to be personal companion dogs. Because of this characteristic, Spitz are best suited for families that have children, busy singles, or seniors who simply need a companion dog.
Japanese Spitz Appearance
For the most part, Japanese Spitzes range from small to medium. Since they often have thick, bushy coats, these dogs may seem larger than they actually are. On average, a Japanese Spitz is normally equal in height as well as in length.
Japanese Spitz naturally have a plush coats(which may need regular grooming) and square-ish bodies, which makes the Spitzes look like stuffed animals.
The Spitz’s head is equally small, with triangular, erect little ears, a short muzzle, and large-sized, oval eyes that normally take on a dark brown color. The eyes are known to be very expressive.
The breed has a deep and broad chest, with a back straight, and belly a bit tucked-up. The shape of their body makes the dog very flexible.
As of the legs, they are very small and straight. The legs on the Japanese Spitz are short and straight. The feet, on the other hand, are small, and the tail is long, bushy, and generally curled up over the back.
Japanese Spitz Coloring
Before you go out there and start getting all crazy because you don’t find the color you want you have to know that the Japanese Spitz does not exist in black or brown.
Currently, the Japanese Spitz only exists in a white color and this is due to years of selective breeding, the color may sometimes change based on a couple of factors. First of all the dog’s coat color may change when the dog ages.
Also, the color may change due to lateness of the shedding cycle. In this case, a white Japanese Spitz may appear yellow or cream in color, but the fur will return to white when the new hair replaces the old.
Average Adult Height
The average height of an adult Spitz is somewhere between 12 and 15 inches. The Height is measured from the front paws to the top of the shoulder while the dog is standing on all four legs.
Average Adult Weight
Adult Japanese Spitz have a weight that ranges from somewhere around 10 to about 12 pounds.
Japanese Spitz Temperament
As we mentioned before, the Japanese Spitz is a temperamentally affectionate dog breed. It is always ready to spend time with its owners, and will happily keep up to just about any activity that their owner has in store for them. They don’t like to be left out, and they certainly don’t like it when you ignore them.
Most times, they will be reserved when they are meeting people for the first time. They automatically become affectionate towards them once they’re used to the stranger’s presence.
Also, they are loyal, proud and obedient. On top of that, the dog is very energy, and intelligent, which makes it very easy to train.Speaking of which.
If they are trained as puppies, these dogs grow up with the best personality that you can expect in a companion breed. Most of all, you can teach them yourself. You should teach them proper obedience at a young age by using firm, consistent, repetitive commands.
The unfortunate part about these dogs is that they can develop Small Dog Syndrome if they are not properly trained and disciplined at a young age.
Lastly, Japanese Spitzes are very alert, and they will bark very loudly to inform you about an approaching stranger or anything that seems unusual. This makes them excellent watchdogs.
The Japanese Spitz is a companion breed. As such, the breed is always happiest when it is treated like a member of the family. It doesn’t like to feel ignored or spoken to in a harsh way.
Instead, the dog like to be the center of attention, and will exhibit unwanted behavior–barking, destructiveness, etc.–if it feels ignored too much. Though unusual, the Japanese Spitz may also might be standoffish to unknown people.
As far as we know, these Spitzes are adaptable to any living situation, just as long as they receive proper attention and affection that they need.
That said, the Spitz will be perfect for you if you are in an apartment or a house, as personal dogs. While they like to spend most of their time outdoors, they should not be living outside.
As we mentioned earlier, the Spitz likes to keep itself clean. But though it may be clean and tidy, the Japanese Spitz is not considered to be a hypoallergenic dog, or one that sheds very minimal.
The dogs sheds quite moderately, and may not be the best choice for anyone that has allergies. Also, if you don’t want to be dealing with unwanted dog hair much more often, then you should probably pick another breed.
Japanese Spitz Health
Overall, the Japanese Spitz is actually a very healthy breed. However, these dogs are prone to a number of health issues.
The common sickness in Japanese Spitz is a disease called patellar luxation, which is a condition where the kneecap slips out of the joint area.
Another condition that come with the Japanese Spitz, though unusual, are eye issues–most notably, a condition that is commonly called “tear staining,”
This is a condition in which the Spitz’s eyes, will produce red or brown tear stains around the eye openings, due to abnormally small tear ducts. But this is usually only temporary, so there is no need to worry.
Japanese Spitz Breed Recognition
The Japanese Spitz breed has been recognize by a couple of breed registries as well as other organizations listed below.
- American Canine Association, Inc.
- American Canine Registry
- America’s Pet Registry
- Continental Kennel Club (CKC)
- Dog Registry of America Inc.
- Federation Cynologique Internationale
- Kennel Club of Great Britain
- National Kennel Club
Pros and Cons
In this section, we will summarize the pros and cons of having a Japanese Spitz
The Japanese Spitz is
- Playful and naturally active
- Extremely “neat”; these dogs love to keep themselves clean.
- Relatively long lifespan (12-16 years)
- An Excellent watchdog, since he is very alert to his surroundings
- Very affectionate and loves to socialize
- Deeply loyal to its owners
- Perfect for a family that has children
- Fewer health problems as compared to other breeds
- Adapts to most living environments (home or apartment)
- Very easy to train
- Sociable with other pets
The Japanese Spitz is
- Prone to the development of Small Dog Syndrome, especially of he hasn’t been socialized from a very young age.
- Known for its high barking tendency
- Sometimes reserved around strangers
- In need of moderate to high exercise needs.
So in closing, there are 3 main reasons why you pup Spitz isn’t fluffy. It may be that
1) It’s the summer season and the pup has naturally shed away that extra hair
2) Your Spitz is a female
3) You have not purchased a purebred Japanese Spitz.
If its option one, then you have nothing to worry about. If you have a female Spitz, you shouldn’t expect much fluffiness. But if you think you have bought the dog from an unregistered breeder, you were not given enough information.