Breed History / Description

The Japanese Spitz is a relatively modern breed, being recognised by the Japanese Kennel Club in 1948 and then by Kennel Club in 1977. The Japanese Spitz is a white dog and it is thought by some that Samoyed and White German Spitz were influential in the founding of the breed in the early years of the 20th Century. They became known outside Japan after some were exported to Sweden and from there to other European countries.


Affectionate, companionable. Slightly chary at first meeting with strangers.


Alert, intelligent, bold and lively.

Club, K., 2018. The Kennel Club's Breed Standards. 5th ed. London SW1V 2SA: Ebury Press.

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