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Japanese Spitz

General Description

The Japanese Spitz was bred to be a small companion dog that is cute, loyal, friendly, and smart. Even though they aren't specifically bred to be watchdogs, they have a courageous nature and an innate desire to protect their families, as well as a bark that is quite loud for their size.

General Health

The main health concern for Japanese Spitz is the development of Patellar luxation, a condition in which the kneecap dislocates out of its normal position. They can also be prone to runny eyes, which is most commonly due to having tear ducts that are too small, or an allergy to long grass or stress.

Character and Temperament

Cheerful, intelligent, obedient, playful, bold, companionable, affectionate, loyal and proud

Exercise

At least one hour a day

Origin

Dog breeders in Japan in the 1920s and 1930s created the Japanese Spitz by crossbreeding several other Spitz breeds to develop the Japanese Spitz. Breeders began with white German Spitz dogs, originally brought over from northeastern China to Japan; they were first exhibited at a dog show in Tokyo in 1921.

Stats

Average Dog Size

11-14

Average Life Expectancy

10-16


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