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Japanese Spitz

Throughout the year Little Rascals UK often have Japanese Spitz puppies for sale. So, if you are looking into buying a Japanese Spitz please speak to us. We will be able to help you find your new Japanese Spitz puppy. If you have a long journey and are looking for a Japanese Spitz puppy near you “don’t worry”, why not use our delivery service.

Key Breed Facts

The Japanese Spitz breed is also commonly known by the names JS.

Lifespan: 12 – 15 years

Pedigree Breed Status: KC Recognised in the Utility Group

Males 34 – 37 cm
Females 30 – 34 cm

Males 6 – 7 kg
Females 5 – 6 kg

Breed Characteristics


Small (4/10)


very high (10/10)


very easy (8/10)


moderate (5/10)


high (8/10)


Very good (10/10)


average (6/10)

Cost to Keep

low (3/10)

Being Alone

moderate periods (4/10)


Average (6/10)


The Japanese Spitz is fast becoming popular here in the UK although these charming little dogs have been firm favourites in their native Japan since the early 20th century.

They are small in stature, lively by nature yet very undemanding which when added to their charming smiles and brilliant white coats, makes for a lovely dog to have around the home. They always on well with children and they love nothing more than being in a family environment and being involved in everything that goes on in the household.


It is thought that the Japanese Spitz is a descendent of the Samoyed. When they were introduced to Japan early in the 20th century, they were bred to be smaller and smaller with the end result being the dogs we see today. The first of the breed to arrive in America, Australia, Canada and China was in 1918 and there is some belief that these are the dogs that formed the foundation stock of the modern Japanese Spitz. In 1981 the breed was officially recognised by The Kennel Club.

Over more recent times, these charming dogs have found their way into the hearts and homes of many people both here in the UK and elsewhere in the world.


Height at the withers: Males 34 – 37 cm, Females 30 – 34 cm

Average weight: Males 6 – 7 kg, Females 5 – 6 kg

The Japanese Spitz is a small dog that boasts a wonderful, pure white fluffy double coat that offers them a tremendous amount of protection against the elements. Their heads are medium in size and shaped like a wedge when seen from above being quite broad too. Their skull is slightly domed. These little dogs have well defined faces and their muzzles are nicely in proportion to their heads, tapering neatly to a small, round and black nose. Their lips are firm, tight and also black in colour to match their nose.

Their eyes are a nice oval shape and moderate in size being dark in colour and set are obliquely on a dog’s head boasting nice black eye rims. Ears are triangular in shape and small being set high. Which dogs often hold erect, facing forward.

The Japanese Spitz has a strong jaw with a perfect scissor style of bite. They have strong, sloping shoulders with strong, straight front legs. Chests are deep and broad with dogs boasting well sprung ribs. Their back is short. Their tails are set high and nicely plumed with dogs carrying them over their backs.

Hindquarters are nicely proportioned and well balanced, being well-muscled with dogs having strong back legs and very cat-like, well cushioned feet.

When it comes to their coat, the Japanese Spitz boasts a double coat with the outer one being straight, standing off a dog’s body. Their undercoat is much denser and shorter being softer to the touch. There hair is short on a dog’s face, ears and on the front of both their front and back legs. Whereas it’s longer on the body.

The Japanese Spitz has a nice mane of hair around their necks which reaches down to the brisket and their tails are well covered with thick, long hair too.

The accepted breed colour is pure white with no other colour being permitted.


The Japanese Spitz is a feisty, playful and alert little dog and one that over time has proved to be highly adaptable to many lifestyles. They adore being part of a family and involved in everything that goes on in a household.

They form very strong bonds with their families although they can be a little reserved when they are around strangers. Japanese Spitz will rarely show any sort of aggressive behaviour towards people they have never met before, preferring to just keep their distance. Because they are so alert by nature, these little dogs are hypersensitive to their surroundings and will soon let an owner know when there are any strangers about.

Intelligence / Trainability

The Japanese Spitz is an intelligent dog and there’s nothing they like more than to please. However, their training has to be consistent and always fair. In the right hands, these little dogs love to learn new things and they are quick to pick things up, loving nothing more than to take part in all sorts with there owners They love the one-to-one interaction they get with their owners during a training session which is one of the reasons why they sometimes are known to excel at many canine sporting activities.

Children and Other Pets

These little dogs love being in a home environment and seem to have an affinity with children. They are generally very good with kids of all ages and will happily play games with them.

However, they can become a little over-protective especially if there are any children visiting a household they do not know. As such any interaction between the kids and dogs should be supervised by an adult to make sure things stay nice and calm.

The Japanese Spitz gets on well with other dogs and if they have grown up with other pets and small animals in a household, they will generally get on well together.

However, care has to be taken when they are around any small animals, pets, cats they don’t already know.


The average life expectancy of a Japanese Spitz is between 12 and 15 years when properly cared for and fed an appropriate good quality diet to suit their ages.

Like so many other breeds, the Japanese Spitz can sometimes suffer from a few health issues which are worth knowing about if you are planning share your home with one of these active little dogs. The conditions that seem to affect the breed the most include the following:

  • Patellar luxation
  • Runny eyes
  • Allergies – especially when stressed or from long grass

Caring for a Japanese Spitz

As with any other breed, a Japanese Spitz needs to be groomed on a regular basis to make sure their coats and skin are kept in top condition. They also need to be given regular daily exercise to ensure they remain fit and healthy. They need to be fed good quality food that meets all their nutritional needs throughout their lives.


A Japanese Spitz is quite high maintenance when it comes to keeping their coats tidy and their skin in good condition. With this said, it’s best to have a weekly groom and to stick to it. Japanese spitz puppies will shed their coats ready for their stronger, white coats to grow through. During this time they may need more frequent grooming to keep on top of things.

These dogs will benefit from being seen by a professional dog groomer. We at Little Rascals Pets suggest 4 times a year, which makes keeping their coats tidy and looking good in between visits to a grooming parlour that much easier. It’s also important to check a dog’s ears on a regular basis and to clean them when necessary. If too much wax is allowed to build up in a dog’s ears, it can lead to a painful infection called cancur.


The Japanese Spitz is a lively, this means a minimum of 20 to 30 minutes a day and ideally, they need to be allowed to run-free as much as possible off their lead in your garden or on the park. The great thing about the Japanese Spitz is that if their coats get dirty, these little dogs wash themselves much like cats.

A shorter walk in the morning would be fine. However, as previously mentioned these dogs also like to be able to roam around a back garden as often as possible so they can really let off steam. However, the fencing has to be extremely secure to keep these dogs in because if they find a weakness in the fence, they may soon escape.

Japanese Spitz puppies should not be given too much exercise because their joints and bones are still growing and too much pressure on them could result in causing a dog a few problems later on in their lives. They should not be allowed to jump up or off furniture nor should they be allowed to run up and down the stairs because this puts too much pressure on their still growing and fragile joints and limbs.


If you get a Japanese Spitz puppy from us at Little Rascals Pets. We will give you a feeding schedule and it’s important to stick to the same routine. We recommend Royal Canin.

You can change a puppy’s diet, but this needs to be done very gradually always making sure they don’t develop any digestive upsets along the way. If so, it’s best to put them back on their original diet and to discuss things with your vet before attempting to change it.

Average Cost to keep/care for a Japanese Spitz

If you are looking to buy a Japanese Spitz. We at Little Rascals often have Japanese Spitz puppies for sale, you would need to pay anything from £600 to over £800 for a well-bred pedigree puppy.

The cost of insuring a male 3-year-old Japanese Spitz in England is likely to be roughly £19 a month for basic cover and £41 per month for a lifetime policy.

When insurance companies calculate a pet’s premium, they factor in several things which includes where you live in the UK and a dog’s age and whether or not they have been neutered or spayed.

When it comes to food costs, you need to buy the best quality food whether wet or dry. Little Rascals Pets always recommend Royal Canin to feed your dog throughout their lives making sure it suits the different stages of their lives. This will set you back between £30 – £40 a month.

You will also need to factor in veterinary costs such as second vaccinations, their annual boosters, the cost of neutering or spaying (if required) for your dog when the time is right. Plus their yearly health checks.

As a rough guide, the average cost to keep and care for a Japanese Spitz would be between £70 to £80 a month depending on the level of insurance cover you opt to buy for your puppy dog.

For any advice on the best choice of puppy for you please call Little Rascals Pets on 01522 789191


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