Japanese Spitz Breed Information

The Japanese Spitz is a member of the ‘Utility’ breed group. Dogs in the Utility group were essentially bred for a specific purpose and so contain a variety of breeds. The function they have been bred for is not included in the sporting and working categories.

Japanese Spitz enjoy the company of their own family (including other pets), but can be more reserved around strangers. They can be quite a vocal breed and often like to make their presence known. A thorough groom is needed on a daily basis to keep their thick coat in top condition. 

Breed-related health problems: 


Owners are, understandably, upset when their dog develops a health problem linked to its breed. Often they wish they’d known what problems the breed was prone to have. The potential health problems that the Japanese Spitz are prone to include:


For some conditions, there are screening programmes available through the British Veterinary Association (BVA) and the Kennel Club. The Canine Health Schemes allow breeders to screen for a range of inherited diseases, so it’s a good idea to check the parents of any puppy you’re looking to rehome have been screened under these schemes. We’d also recommend discussing the medical history of your potential puppy’s parents and grandparents, and think very carefully before taking on a dog with any of the health conditions listed above evident in the family line. 

You can find out more about the Canine Health Schemes on the BVA's website

Exercise requirements:


The Japanese Spitz is a highly energetic breed requiring up to an hour of exercise per day. They are known to be very inquisitive and are likely to leave an unsecured garden just to see what’s on the other side of the fence. They are high spirited so may require more effort to train than other breeds. To learn more about reward-based training for your dog, visit our dog behaviour page where you can pick up plenty of tips to help you and your canine companion better understand each other.

Estimated lifetime cost: 


The likely lifetime costs for a Japanese Spitz are based on estimates calculated using current market prices and include:


The list above does not include veterinary costs if your pet becomes sick or injured, so these average lifetime costs could be even higher.

Insure your Japanese Spitz with PDSA:

 

1 in 3 pets need vet treatment each year and vet bills can come to hundreds of pounds. PDSA Pet Insurance can give you peace of mind when your pet is poorly, especially for breeds like Japanese Spitz that are prone to certain conditions. PDSA Pet Insurance offers:

  • 5 Star Pet Insurance* - from the vet experts
  • 4 levels of cover to suit you
  • Monthly payment at no extra cost

    *Defaqto 5 Star rating applies to our Plus and Premier policies only. Defaqto’s Star Ratings provide an independent assessment of the quality of financial products.


By insuring your Japanese Spitz with PDSA you’ll also be helping to provide vet care to some of the UK’s neediest pets.
For more information on taking care of your dog please visit our puppies and dogs section. 

Rehoming from a reputable source:


Where you get a dog from can have a big effect on how healthy and happy it is for the rest of its life. Find out where our PDSA vet experts recommend you get your dog from.
Energy levels
 
Overall grooming needs?
 
Compatibility with other pets
 
Easy to train?
 
How much exercise?
 
Suitability for children/families
 
Tendency to bark
 
Average lifespan 12-14 years
Coat length Medium
Possible health problems Luxating patellas (the kneecaps slipping temporarily out of place)
Average purchase cost £300-£500
Estimated cost over lifetime £23,300-£27,000
Average weight Male: 6kg-7kg. Female: 5kg-6kg
Size Medium
Minimum garden size Medium

Not sure the Japanese Spitz is the right pet for you?