Japanese Spitz
Seoul at 3 months old

Breed Registries:

Note: The breed registries indicated above are the most recognized all-breed registries. The breed may be recognized by other registries not indicated here. For further details about dog registries, please see the document: Dog Breed Registries in North America.

* — The FCI is the World Canine Organization, which includes 84 members and contract partners (one member per country) that each issue their own pedigrees and train their own judges. The FCI recognizes 339 breeds, with each being the "property" of a specific country. The "owner" countries of the breeds write the standards of these breeds in co-operation with the Standards and Scientific Commissions of the FCI, and the translation and updating are carried out by the FCI. The FCI is not a breed registry nor does it issue pedigrees.




Males are approximaly 30 cm at the withers and females are slighly smaller.

Breed Profile:

The Japanese Spitz (Nihon Supittsu) is believed to be descended from white German Spitz dogs which were brought to Japan during the 1920s. In 1925, two pairs of white Spitz were imported from Canada and, until around 1936, others were imported from Canada, the U.S., Australia and China. Eventually, cross-breeding produced the breed as he is known today and the breed standard was established by the Japan Kennel Club in 1948.

The Japanese Spitz is a small to medium dog with a profuse pure white coat, dark eyes and lips. Typical to the Spitz breeds, he has a tail curled over his back and prick ears. He is alert, intelligent, active and friendly in nature. Bred specifically as a companion dog, the Japanese Spitz enjoys spending time with his family and is not a dog to be left alone for extended periods of time.

Health Issues

If you are considering the adoption of a Japanese Spitz puppy, or any breed, it is very important to be selective in choosing a responsible and reputable breeder. Ensure that the prospective puppy's parents have all health clearances. Breeding of any dog should not be done until after they have been proven to be free of evidence of significant hereditary diseases. (For more information on selecting a breeder, see the articles on the main Breed Listing and Breeders page.)

Additional Health Resources:

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Breed Standards

Grooming Information

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Training Resources

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Additional Information

  • Clubs, Sports & Activities — For information on the many sports and activities you can get involved in with your dog.
  • Working Dogs — The Working Dogs section of the Canada's Guide to Dogs website provides information and listings of organizations that are involved in various dog jobs, such as Guide Dogs, Therapy Dogs, Police Dogs, Protection Dogs, and much more.

Select from the following links to view Breeder listings; Breed Clubs; Rescue Organizations; as well as Books and other Merchandise specific to the breed:

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