Introduction to Breed . . .

Introduced into this country in 1979 by Dorothy Kenyon the Japanese Spitz with its rather unique appearance rapidly became popular in the showring. As it became apparent that they are a very amenable breed and also mix well with other breeds then many owners of those other breeds found themselves readily adding the Japanese Spitz to their kennels.

As a breed they are relatively easy to train with many owners having significant success in both obedience and agility as well as in the showring. They are a bright and alert breed which can at times be somewhat vocal however as long as this is controlled from an early age then its does not need to become a problem.

They are an ideal size for a house dog and their alertness makes them a good 'guard/warning' dog however as with all dogs they need adequate exercise both in a good sized garden and also on regular walks. They integrate well with families and enjoy being with family members of all ages especially children.

The Japanese Spitz is not a prolific breed in the UK (or elsewhere) with Kennel Club Registrations typically numbering less than 200 each year, consequently this makes them a 'rare breed' and somewhat difficult to understand why numbers are not higher when one considers that once you have fallen under the spell of these delightful dogs you will find it very hard to consider any other breed.

Breed Info . . .