Their all-white, fluffy appearance is hard to go unnoticed and you simply can't resist petting one of these furballs. The Japanese Spitz is a popular breed especially among families as they were literally born to be companion dogs. Here are some interesting facts about them!
1. They are a relatively new breed
Compared to other Japanese dogs like the Shiba Inu, the Japanese Spitz breed is considered new as they were only developed in the 1920s. After crossbreeding a variety of Spitz-type dogs, it was then further developed in 1930s to the breed it is today.
2. They are not recognised by the AKC
The one dog registry organisation that does not recognise the Japanese Spitz is the American Kennel Club. They found that the Japanese Spitz had too many physical similarities with the American Eskimo Dog, which is also a Spitz-type developed in the States.
3. They only come in one single colour
Many other breeds come in a variety of colours, but the Japanese Spitz only comes in pure white!
4. Their coat is actually low-maintenance
Don't be daunted by their thick and fluffy white coat! Their double coat contains natural oils that actually prevent dirt from sticking to their fur so they don't get dirty easily! There's also a common notion that a pure white coat like that would need regular washing just like a piece of white clothing. However, that is not true at all. It is recommended for them to be bathed not more than twice a month so that their natural oils won't be washed away.
5. They like to keep warm
They have a thick double coat that looks like the perfect winter coat. But if given the choice between a lovely warm house or the great outdoors, the Japanese Spitz would very much prefer to stay indoors.
6. Gingko nuts?
The eyes of Japanese Spitz dogs are commonly black, although some may come in shades of brown. These bright, oval-shaped eyes are often referred to as 'gingko nuts'!
7. They have a long, long lifespan
The Japanese Spitz has an average lifespan of 10 - 16 years (that's equivalent to 112 dog years)! This makes them one of the dog breeds with the longest lifespan!
The Japanese Spitz is generally a friendly dog that was bred to keep humans company. They prefer staying indoors although they do still need their daily walks. Not only do they look beautiful, their luxurious coat is not hard to maintain too! There is nothing not to love about the Japanese Spitz!
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