If you like small dogs that are a great eye-catcher, the Japanese Spitz should excite you. With its dense coat, dark eyes and characteristic pointed face, it attracts all sympathy. At the same time, the four-legged dog, called Nihon Supittsu in Japan, convinces with its friendly and uncomplicated nature.
The Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI) recognized the Nihon Supittsu as a Japanese dog breed in 1964 (FCI Group 5, Section 5, Standard No. 262).
The quadruped is characterized by being exclusively pure white. Thanks to the straight sticking out dense hair the Japanese Spitz looks strong. This is not least due to the puffy undercoat. The beautiful ruff on shoulder, neck and forechest contributes to the attractive appearance. Typical for the tail is a long voluminous flag.
Despite its short legs, the Japanese Spitz shows off sporty and extremely agile. Because of the balanced proportions, the appearance of the compact pedigree dog is equally distinctive and harmonious.
The height at withers - the raised transition from the neck to the back - in adult males is usually 30 to 38 cm. Dog ladies reach a somewhat smaller measure. On the scale brings the Japanese Spitz between 4.5 and 11 kg.
The very harmonious exterior is matched by the balanced natures of the Japanese Spitz. He is a attentive guardian. Nevertheless, anyone who comes near him is not immediately reported with furious barking. Only when the Japanese pedigree dog feels a serious threat, he becomes loud and defends himself vehemently.
At home, the Japanese Spitz behaves rather quietly. Outdoors, on the other hand, he likes to show what energy he has. To enjoy Nihon Supittsu, you must like a small dog that loves to romp around and play games. You should also enjoy extended outings with your four-legged friend.
The Japanese Spitz is a very people-focused dog. Whether he belongs to a single or has a master and mistress at the same time, he does not care. He also likes to live in a family. Priority is the two-legged company. Conspecifics or other pets are not enough. Even if the Japanese Spitz usually gets along well with them. So if you have little time for a dog, a Japanese Spitz is probably not right for you.
The white puppy enjoys being with people and would prefer to be with them always and everywhere. He is very receptive and eager to learn. What makes the education in the interaction with the attachment even for inexperienced dog owners quite easy.
A city apartment is suitable for Him as long as He is also well exercised with extensive walks and activities.
The right food
In a special way, proper nutrition contributes to the health and well-being of the Japanese Spitz. The small dogs with very compact physique have a strong tendency to overweight. Too many pounds can easily lead to joint diseases and cardiovascular problems. There is also an increased risk of diabetes if you are overweight.
As the owner of a Japanese Spitz, you should absolutely adhere to the quantities recommended by the food manufacturers. In addition, the dog should not receive too many treats in between.
Of decisive importance is not only the quantity, but also the Quality of the feed. Good dog food consists of a large proportion of high-quality meat, in addition to vegetables or rice. Low-quality food often has an excessive proportion of cereals. Under no circumstances should it contain flavor enhancers or sweeteners.
You should inform yourself about the exact composition of the dog food before you buy it. Good and safe dog food is available from various suppliers both as wet and dry food.
Not infrequently dog owners prefer home-cooked dog food. This can also be an alternative to commercially available ready-made food for the Japanese Spitz. However, you must acquire the necessary knowledge to cook balanced dog food yourself.
. BARFing is a good variant to feed the Japanese Spitz healthy. BARF stands for "Bone And Raw Food". All food components, such as meat, fish, vegetables or fruit, are exclusively served raw. Various suppliers and special stores make BARFing easier for the dog owner. As with cooking the food yourself, certain knowledge about the correct use of raw ingredients is essential for this method of feeding.
You should feed a puppy 3 - 5 times a day, an adult Japanese Spitz 2 times a day.
Japanese Spitz Care
One of the most distinctive features of the Japanese Spitz is its beautiful white coat. And this wants to be groomed! He should be brushed weekly become. Note that the Japan tip changes its coat twice a year. This takes about 2 - 3 weeks. It should brushed thoroughly every day during the change of coat be
Since the Japan point has a dirt-repellent fur, it must not be bathed regularly. In addition, regular bath can irritate his skin. Twice a year is enough. If he has been in contact with mud, wait until the mud dries out. After that you can simply brush it off.
Furthermore require the teeth special attention. They should be brushed at least once a week. Better is daily brushing teeth, because the Japanese Spitz is not uncommonly susceptible to dental problems.
The Nihon Supittsu can also be troubled by its hereditary predisposition to disease. For example, it is possible that narrowed tear ducts or Eye diseases such as distichiasis become a problem. Also are Inflammation of the nose, ears and paws not uncommon. It is also widespread that it is used to Patellar luxationThis is when the kneecap jumps out of its guide.
Since the Japanese Spitz is susceptible to diseases, the dog should always be closely monitored to take timely action against impending ailments. If necessary, with the help of a veterinarian.
You can counteract the often enormously increased care effort with appearing diseases, by keeping a Japanese Spitz exclusively at a serious breeder buy. For evaluation, it is important to get an impression of the breeder's premises.
Several visits to the breeder are advisable. The personal impression must simply be right. It is convincing if the breeder can present genetic test results to prove the seriousness of his breeding.
Finally, when buying, you must make sure that the dog's papers are coherent. Also, a pedigree and a contract of sale belong to a dog purchased from a reputable breeder.
Breed specific accessories are not needed for the Japanese Spitz. One leash and a collar must be present. Alternatively, a chest harness can be used. When doing this, you should choose a harness that ensures that the fur remains well ventilated and does not stain the material. A Flexleine allows to satisfy the urge to move Japanese Spitz. This is especially convenient when the dog can not be let off the leash.
For the care of the coat must have a Brush be present. Also a Comb is recommended. In addition, a Toothbrush respectively Finger brush and a corresponding toothpaste is needed.
A dog basket and a ceiling You should give your Japanese Spitz a place to rest so that it has its own resting place. A food bowl as well as a drinking bowl should not be forgotten when buying the equipment. The Japanese Spitz will certainly have fun with one or two other things. toy. Especially the agility serving toys will suit the character of the lively little dog.
Origin & History
Contrary to what you might think, the Japanese Spitz is not originally from Japan. On the contrary, the Japanese Spitz comes from Europe. It is believed to have been brought to Japan by travelers in the early 20th century.
It is controversial among cynologists whether the origin of the breed dog is to be sought in the Nordic Spitz. The appearance similar to the German Mittelspitz suggests that the Japanese Spitz is descended from it. It is equally possible that the Japan-Spitz originated from the white German Großspitz and reached Japan via Siberia and China.
At the beginning of the 1920s the breed was presented for the first time in Tokyo at a dog show. After that, they imported lace specially suited for breeding purposes. Initially, these came from Canada, and then also from China, Australia and the USA.
The small white dog with the attractive appearance and pleasant features became visibly more popular among the Japanese.
A first breed standard was 1948 by the Japanese Kennel Club was laid down. It retained its validity until the FCI revision. Characteristic for the breeding in Japan is that one always tried to keep the Spitz small. In Germany, on the other hand, breeders favored rather large animals.
Although the Japanese Spitz was very popular in Japan for many decades, the number of newly registered puppies decreased noticeably in the recent past. In Europe and the USA, the Japanese Spitz is currently enjoying ever-increasing popularity.
The Japanese Spitz was 1964 by the FCI finally recognized as a breed.