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Japanese Spitz, small and white but above all soft and cheerful dog for families, excellent in the apartment because it also guards without disturbing the neighbors. It is not cheap, indeed, it makes you want it. Let's enjoy it in words, in the meantime, and maybe let's look for a double in the kennel. The breed is of Japanese origin and belongs to the group of spitz-type dogs and primitive dogs.
Japanese Spitz: origins
Two are the most accredited versions of the origin of this dog, undoubtedly existing in Japan for a long time but not too well known in the world. They are more or less on equal terms and it seems that this doubt is destined to remain for a long time, not that Japanese Spitz sorry, after all an aura of mystery only increases its already remarkable charm.
Many argue that it is a breed of Nordic origin deriving from the "Samoyed"Born when the Japanese have made up their minds to create a" bonsai "copy. The other possible story of the origins of Japanese Spitz excludes any link with the Samoyed and combines the breed with another spitz, lo German Spitz. After many crossings, doubts accepted, the breed was definitively recognized only in 1948.
Japanese dwarf Spitz
It reaches a maximum of 38 cm, at the withers, if it is male, a Japanese Spitz, according to its standard: it is a very small dog and the female even more so. This does not prevent him from maintaining a harmonious structure and noble appearance on a small scale.
The skeleton and muscles are both proportionate and convey a feeling of balance and beauty. It also helps that the ideal ratio of 10:11 is between height at the withers and length of the trunk. The trunk of the Japanese Spitz it is robust but not so much as to make it squat, the head is not too big and the skull, already wide, tends to flood further in the back.
The nose, small, round and black, rests on the pointed but slightly rounded muzzle, the stop is well defined and the neck appears robust. The ears are small and protrude high, have a triangular shape and are usually carried straight and forward. The eyes are similar in shape to one Gingko nut, are moderately large and slightly oblique. The color is always black, or in any case as dark as possible.
We pass from the head to the tail: it must always be carried over the back. The feet are defined as "cat-like": therefore they have thick, black pads, like nails. The step of the Japanese Spitz he is quick and active.
White Japanese Spitz
The only color accepted in absolute and without any derogation or tolerance for it Japanese Spitz is white, the coat has a surface hair and the undercoat, the first is straight and raised, the undercoat instead is short, soft and dense. The length is not homogeneous on the whole small body of the Japanese Spitz: the hair is short on the forehead, ears, front of the forelegs and under the hock.
For the rest, we can caress a long abundant and white hair, especially from the neck to the shoulders and on the chest. There can also appear some nice fringes and, on the tail, a long abundant plume: a further touch of nice class to a dog that is already enjoying abundant success.
Being of Nordic origin, the Japanese Spitz sheds its coat at least once a year, usually in early summer. I say "at least" because it often happens that this breed changes its coat even if there are particular climate variations, or for reasons related to hormonal activity. Females, for example, when they go into heat and when they breastfeed the puppies it almost always happens that they have a second moult in the year.
For those unfamiliar with moulting, especially if the dog in question is hairy like it Japanese Spitz, it is good to say that when this occurs the animal loses most of the undercoat, and all 15-30 days. Translated for us who have it at home, it means that it leaves us large clusters of very fine and woolly white hair.
There are those who have decided that, instead of getting annoyed, they could make it useful and have made it scarves and clothing,with excellent results too. If the undercoat disappears as we have said, in a maximum of one month, this does not happen for the surface hair, consisting of longer hairs, which renews itself slowly, even in half a year or more. As for the summer wetsuit, usually in the warm season the undercoat is not there but reappears and reaches its maximum development in the winter months.
Japanese Spitz: character
It is a very lively and affectionate dog with the owner and his family, therefore excellent for a close coexistence if we are people who love interacting with their pet. Sure, if we want an ornament dog, it is Japanese Spitz it's not really for us. With strangers he is reserved, never aggressive, but he does not dare to play or seek caresses.
If all the other Spitz are known to be great…. “Barks”, this dog stands out. In fact, only if he is on guard duty and thinks he has to warn his owner about something abnormal does he make himself heard, otherwise he goes about his business avoiding the classic problems of coexistence with intolerant neighbors. It's a excellent guardian "Warning", therefore, because we can be sure that it does not give false alarms.
Intelligent, alert, obstinate and gritty, he is Japanese Spitz he is a very welcome playmate for children and he is also a lot of company for adults, he is not quarrelsome but rather independent yes. Although he is easy to train, because he understands commands well, he is not always obedient. He knows how to get used to any environment without making too many fuss, being small does not suffer particularly in the apartment. That doesn't mean she doesn't have to go out for her walks - lively as she is, let alone!
Japanese Spitz: breeding
In Italy, the Enci site reports only two Japanese Spitz and both in Piedmont. The one located in the province of Turin is dedicated only to the breed of Japanese Spitz, the other, near Vercelli, also has litters of German Spitz and German dachshund.
As for the dissemination of the Japanese Spitz on the territory, the specimens registered by Enci are very few, but there is a sudden increase from 2014 onwards. We will see in the next few years whether it is a passing oddity or a real fall in love with the breed.
Japanese Spitz: puppies
If we want to see and buy puppies of Japanese Spitz better know what is considered a defect, with reference to the official breed standard. The strongly curled tail, for example, is not appreciated, as well as that not carried on the back.
Still on a physical level, it is not good for a specimen, according to purists, to have droopy eyes, instead if we look at the character, woe betide if the dog is shy or noisy. These are characteristics that do not belong to the nature of the Japanese Spitz.
They are naturally defects indicated for those who see the dog as an object to mate or to show in official events, so if we need and want a four-legged friend, we choose our own way. And, I always repeat, a jump in the kennel it is a must. Returning to Japanese Spitz, it is a dog that has no particular needs in terms of nutrition, as for other breeds, however, be careful not to make it fat. Since I was a puppy.
Japanese Spitz: price
If you weren't convinced before, from my reasoning about the kennel trip, now you will most likely be. The price of a puppy's Japanese Spitz it is unlikely to be less than 1000 euros.
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