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Japanese Spitz

The Japanese Spitz is an attractive small to medium sized dog, very typical of the spitz type with a foxy face, pricked ears and tail held curled up over the back. Their plush, stand off coat is pure white, and the contrast between the white of the coat and their dark pigmented eyes and nose lend an attractive expression of laughter and merriment.

10-16 years
Adult dogs are 34-37cm tall, females 30-34cm
UK Kennel Club Groups
The need-to-know
  • Dog suitable for owners with some experience
  • Extra training required
  • Generally healthy breed
  • Enjoys active walks
  • Enjoys one to two hours of walking a day
  • Small dog
  • Some drool
  • Requires grooming daily
  • Chatty and vocal dog
  • Barks and alerts to visitors/anything unusual
  • Generally friendly with other dogs
  • Gets along with other pets with training
  • May need additional supervision to live with children
  • Needs a small garden
  • Can happily live in the city
  • Can be left occasionally with training
Generally healthy breed

The Japanese Spitz can be prone to:
- Patellar luxation

Priority Kennel Club health schemes and testing: 
None but there are several recommended schemes that the Kennel Club recommends which can be found here.


The Japanese Spitz is affectionate and loyal to loved ones and familiar friends, but may be a little reserved with those they don’t know well. Typical of the spitz type, this is an alert, lively breed who will bark if they hear anything unusual or startling.  

They enjoy the company of family, and are generally a gregarious type, getting on well with other family pets and other dogs, though as with all dogs, should be socialised well as puppies. If you want to find out more about dog socialisation, check out our handy article.

Did You Know?

  • The Japanese Spitz is sometimes nicknamed the Cloud Dog due to their fluffy white cloudlike appearance. They are also often described as having a ‘self-cleaning’ coat, referring to the fact that once dry, mud and dirt brushes off or drops off very easily.
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