Welcome to our guide to the Japanese Spitz.
The DogExperts.info website aims to ask questions to breeders, vets and experienced owners to get the answers to your most frequently asked questions about the Japanese Spitz breed of dog.
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If you can answer any of the questions below, then please add your comments to the box at the bottom of the page or you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We would love to feature your dog and publish any photos or pictures of your Japanese Spitz you would like to email us.
Are you looking to buy a Japanese Spitz – then see our list of Japanese Spitz breeders.
Why Choose a Japanese Spitz?
What type of owners buy a Japanese Spitz?
What in your opinion are the best things about the Japanese Spitz breed?
Why do you think the Japanese Spitz is special?
What are your favourite things about the Japanese Spitz?
Are you glad you choose to buy a Japanese Spitz and not another breed?
How would you describe the Japanese Spitz temperament?
What advice might you give to people thinking about whether they should buy a Japanese Spitz over other breeds?
History & Origins
What are the history and origins of the Japanese Spitz?
About The Breed
What colors of Japanese Spitz are most popular?
What does the Japanese Spitz look like?
What are the pros/cons of the Japanese Spitz breed?
What can a new owner expect in terms of differences between the Japanese Spitz and other breeds?
Do they attract a lot of interest and curiosity from the public?
What type of typical personality does the Japanese Spitz have?
Is it possible to describe a fairly typical Japanese Spitz?
What is the breed standard/description for the Japanese Spitz?
Were there particular colors people preferred and that maybe you focused on?
Are there any downsides to owning a Japanese Spitz that prospective owners should be aware of?
Is the Japanese Spitz breed of dog suitable for first-time dog owners?
Some breeds can be described as greedy and prone to weight issues, would this apply to the Japanese Spitz?
What are the key differences when compared to other breeds?
Is the Japanese Spitz breed suitable for a person or family that are out at work all day?
Some owners seek a breed suitable for barking and offering a guard dog role – how does the Japanese Spitz match up to that role?
Are there myths about the Japanese Spitz – in other words do new potential owners come to you with misconceptions about this breed?
We asked a number of breeders in the UK and America what essential advice they would give to new owners of Japanese Spitz puppies and this is what they said:
What types of questions do you get once owners get their Japanese Spitz home?
Can you tell us something most owners would not know – tips, secrets etc from your years of experience?
What is the typical temperament of a Japanese Spitz, so people know what to expect from their new pet?
When fully grown how much on average does a Japanese Spitz weigh?
When the Japanese Spitz is full grown in size what is the maximum height and length expected to be?
Is the Japanese Spitz ever crossed or mixed with other breeds of dog?
Does the Japanese Spitz smell or drool a lot?
Do you have a Japanese Spitz growth chart?
What breed group does the Japanese Spitz come under?
What type of coat do they have?
Can they swim?
What does the movement of the tail show, does it mean they are trying to ‘talk to us’ or give us some message?
Are there some types of people that you can suggest the Japanese Spitz is not suitable for, perhaps families?
How is the Japanese Spitz with children?
Do you think the Japanese Spitz is suitable for families with young children?
How does the Japanese Spitz get along with other (existing) pets and do you have any tips or advice for new Japanese Spitz owners in terms of successful integration?
Is it better to buy one Japanese Spitz or two?
Should prospective new owners be aware of any differences between males and females?
Would the Japanese Spitz be suitable as a guard dog?
Can I leave my Japanese Spitz during the day while I go to work?
What is the expected average lifespan of the Japanese Spitz?
In terms of life expectancy, how long on average would the Japanese Spitz breed live to?
Food & Diet
Do you have any special feeding routines or diet?
Do you have any feeding advice or brands that you prefer?
How to handle the Japanese Spitz puppy to start off – how much food, what type, how often?
What feeding routines and types of food/supplements do you recommend?
What to buy in terms of equipment? Bowls etc
Do owners need to consider supplements for their Japanese Spitz?
How about for older dogs?
Buying – How Much Do They Cost?
How much did your Japanese Spitz cost to buy?
Can you offer advice to people looking to buy a Japanese Spitz and how much should they spend?
What advice would you offer new Japanese Spitz owners?
What types of people are buying the Japanese Spitz and why?
Where can I buy Japanese Spitz rescue dogs or find a Japanese Spitz for adoption? Please note that buying or searching for a ‘cheap’ Japanese Spitz can be false economy as they may have health issues that cost you far more in the long-term – always buy from a good and responsible breeder!
Do I need public liability insurance or a license?
How would you describe the Japanese Spitz puppy to potential new owners?
What types of owners are best suited to owning a Japanese Spitz?
What colors and sizes are most popular?
Are there things new owners do that perhaps frustrate you?
What can people expect when they become a new owner?
What inspired you to become a breeder and did you start with the Japanese Spitz?
As a Japanese Spitz breed expert, are there any ‘essential’ tips you would like to share with new owners?
Are there specific times of the year that you breed?
Choosing a puppy from a litter, what advice could you offer potential new owners in terms of selecting ‘the one’?
How long does it take to housetrain/potty train a Japanese Spitz?
When can you take them out in public and how do you handle them around other dogs?
Will they run off – when is it safe to let them off the lead?
We invite you to email us your Japanese Spitz’s pictures, in particular we are looking for photos showing Japanese Spitz puppies at 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12 weeks old as well as early pictures such as 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 months old to a year old.
Do they have any nicknames or does the Japanese Spitz have popular names?
If my Japanese Spitz is pregnant what might the litter size be?
Could the Japanese Spitz be dangerous around young children?
How do you deal with a problem barker – any tips and advice to new owners?
How do you prevent a Japanese Spitz biting?
How do you prevent a Japanese Spitz chewing?
How do you stop a Japanese Spitz jumping up?
Does the Japanese Spitz have an issue with excessive digging?
Why does my Japanese Spitz keep growling and barking?
Is there a reason my Japanese Spitz dog is often scratching excessively?
Do they suffer from separation anxiety and how can I prevent this?
In comparison perhaps to other breeds what can you say about the Japanese Spitz and their exercise needs and do you have any tips or advice for new Japanese Spitz owners?
As a breeder of the Japanese Spitz , do you prefer a collar or harness?
As an expert of the Japanese Spitz breed do you prefer a standard leash or retractable?
Can you offer any dog walking tips for Japanese Spitz owners?
Playtime & Tricks
What games and toys can you recommend for the Japanese Spitz?
Are there toys you suggest avoiding?
How intelligent is the Japanese Spitz compared to other dog breeds?
How much can they understand?
Do you have any special grooming routines or tips and advice for new Japanese Spitz owners?
How much time is involved?
What accessories are required to be purchased for grooming a Japanese Spitz?
Any advice/tips you can give concerning maintenance of nails?
How much do Japanese Spitz shed and how do I maintain their hair and how often?
How can I prevent or cure ear infections?
Do you have any tips for eye care?
Is the Japanese Spitz a hypoallergenic breed?
Any advice/tips you can give concerning cleaning and bathing your Japanese Spitz?
Can you offer new Japanese Spitz owners advice concerning fleas and maybe products you use in treatment and prevention?
What advice and tips could you offer to owners who might wish to follow your path in showing the Japanese Spitz?
What started your interest in showing the Japanese Spitz?
If a new owner perhaps wanted to meet other owners or find out more – perhaps they have an interest in joining a local club or maybe they wonder how they can start showing their Japanese Spitz – where would they begin?
Can you offer any advice to others who may be wondering if they can also start showing?
How would an owner know they have a show-quality Japanese Spitz and how would they start off?
Can you give away any of your secrets?!
Is showing very expensive and why do you think people like to do it?
What do judges look for in a winner?
What inspired you to become a breeder and did you start with the Japanese Spitz?
What official organisations are there for the new Japanese Spitz owner and what benefits or services do they provide?
In buying a Japanese Spitz, can you offer advice and tips to new owners?
How did you go from being an owner to getting into breeding?
Do you think the breed’s popularity has increased, decreased or remains the same?
How did you progress to becoming a breeder and why focus on breeding the Japanese Spitz out of all the breeds you could have chosen?
What do you think makes the Japanese Spitz special to you?
Are there things that you see owners doing that frustrate you?
As a breed expert, are there any ‘essential’ tips you would like to share with new owners?
In comparison perhaps to other breeds what is it like to train a Japanese Spitz and do you have any tips or advice for new Japanese Spitz owners?
How should new owners approach bringing a new Japanese Spitz home, any advice and tips you can give?
Should I allow my Japanese Spitz to sleep in my bed or elsewhere in the house?
Do you recommend crate training and how long does this take?
Should my Japanese Spitz sleep in a kennel or crate?
Health is always a major concern when buying a dog, do you have any advice for new Japanese Spitz owners to be aware of in particular?
Are there any health-related tips you can give to owners?
What sort of health issues should owners be on the lookout for?
What is the recommended schedule for vaccinations for your Japanese Spitz?
Can you offer any advice on how to treat and prevent worms?
What type of health issues can a Japanese Spitz have and how do you deal with preventing these?
Why does my Japanese Spitz have diarrhea?
Do they suffer from itchy and sensitive skin and if so why?
Why is my Japanese Spitz vomiting and do I go to the vets?
When should I take my Japanese Spitz for vaccinations and which ones do they need and how often?
How often will my Japanese Spitz be in heat?
Should I consider getting my Japanese Spitz spayed or neutered and when and how much does this cost and what are the benefits?
My Japanese Spitz is limping, what should I do and should I go to a veterinarian surgeon?
Do they suffer from allergies?
Why is my Japanese Spitz not eating?
How much does it cost to insure my Japanese Spitz?
What healthcare issues or diseases might be excluded from companies that provide Japanese Spitz dog health insurance?
What age would you class as an ‘older or senior’ Japanese Spitz?
Do you notice any changes in their behaviour?
What changes in food and diet would you suggest making for an older Japanese Spitz?
Do you feed any supplements to an older Japanese Spitz – or anything else which helps them as they age?
Are there any health issues particular to a senior Japanese Spitz dog?
Do you have any advice for owners of an older/senior Japanese Spitz or tips you can pass on?
Here is an interesting video on the Japanese Spitz.