Japanese Spitz are a small dog also seen as a miniaturisation of the Samoyed. The Japanese Spitz is a companion and pet which travelled with nomadic tribes from Mongolia. There are varying standards around the world as to the ideal size of the breed, but they are always larger than their smaller cousins, the Pomeranian.
They were developed in Japan in the 1920's and 1930's by breeding a number of other Spitz type dog breeds together. They are recognized by the vast majority of the major kennel clubs, except the American Kennel Club due to it being similar appearance to the American Eskimo Dog. While they are a relatively new breed, they are becoming widely popular due to their favorable temperament and other features.
They can act as reliable watchdogs, but are a companion dog and prefer to be an active part of the family. Although they might appear fluffy, they are a low maintenance breed as the coat has a non stick texture often compared to Teflon.
Lifespan: 12-15 years
Watchdog ability: very high
Protection ability: very low
Area of Origin: Japan
Date of Origin: 1900's
Other Names: none