What is a Japanese Spitz like?
Japanese Spitz are affectionate dogs who love spending time with their owners. Often, you’ll see them making their way up to the couch lap so that they can snuggle with you on your lap. A loyal breed, these dogs desire for your love and affection.
Yet, this does not mean they are lazy. In fact, the opposite is true. Japanese Spitz are energetic dogs who enjoy the occasional walk, and especially love the outdoors. A games of fetch is more than enough to have them wagging their tails happily for the next hours.
They make for excellent guard dogs too, as they are ever alert and always notice the changes in their environment. This means that they may also be standoffish towards newer guests. Yet, once they are relaxed enough, they can be really hospitable. Of course, this depends a lot on the socialising training they receive when younger.
Efficient and friendly
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Pleasant experience from the start
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Coexisting with a Japanese Spitz
A Japanese Spitz typically has a wedge-shaped face and short triangular ears. The skin around its eyes, nose, and muzzle is jet black. This sharp contrast serves to accentuate their beautiful white coat further.
Similar to its Pomeranian cousin, Japanese Spitz also don a double coat. The outer layer is coarser in feel, whilst the inner one is more smooth. However, what distinguish them is the thick, luxurious fur around the body. They also have a thick mane around their neck that gives them a prideful look.
The Japanese Spitz’s long magnificent coats have long been the pride of this breed.
I love people! Chances are, I’ll love your kids too!
I’m a social butterfly with few restrictions in pairings!
I’ve lived with cats and have had no known issues.
Basic profile of a Japanese Spitz
01. Exercise Requirements
Japanese Spitz are one of the most adaptable dog breeds. They do not have much exercise requirements, are can adjust quickly to their new environments. Most times, they just want to curl up with you on the sofa. They are companion dogs, after all.
With that said, it is still important to take them out for daily activities each day. They’ll enjoy whatever you do with them, whether that’s having a leisurely walk in the park, or a high-intensity game of fetch. These daily routines ensure that they will be kept occupied physically and mentally each day.
03. Potential Health Issues
Pet adopters would be pleased to find out that the Japanese Spitz are one of the most healthy dog breeds around. They have very little known genetically-linked health problems. The only common one is Patella Luxation, where the kneecap dislocates or moves out of position.
Yet, even this can be diagnosed at a young age. This condition is most prevalent in puppies aged four to six months. When detected, a straightforward surgery can be done to correct it. A recovery period of around four to six weeks is then required where no jumping and running is allowed, before your puppy is back to normal.
02. Obedience Training Style
As long as training is done consistently and with a clear goal in mind, you’ll have no problems training your Japanese Spitz. Unlike working dog breeds like the Siberian Huskies, Japanese Spitz are highly receptive to instructions. This trait makes them a real pleasure to work with for obedience training.
With just a little bit of patience and dedication, you’ll find your Japanese Spitz housebroken in no time. As such, this makes them one of the most compatible breeds for new and experienced owners alike.
04. Nutritional Requirements
Whilst younger puppies require more occasional meals, you can start cutting their diet back to just two meals a day once they have passed six-months in age. It’s then important to consider what goes into these meals.
Japanese Spitz require well-balanced diets. At the start, you can try mixing fresh beef and minced meat into their dry biscuits. This encourages them to have more of the dry food, which are rich in proteins and vitamins. Remember also to have a bowl of water available to them at all times.