Dog Breed Group: Companion Dogs
Life Span: 10-12 years
Weight: Male: 5-11, Female: 4.5-10
Height: Male: 4-15, Female: 2-13
Origin of Name: The Japanese Spitz is a small to medium breed of dog of the Spitz type.
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The Japanese Spitz is believed to have been descended from the white German Spitz which was brought to Japan around 1920 via Siberia and China. The entire history of the breed is unknown as records were destroyed in WWII. However, it is known that the Japanese Spitz first performed at a show in Tokyo in 1921, and in 1925, two white Spitzes were imported from Canada. Additional imports of white sprites included White Klein Wolfspitz (Keshond) from Canada, the United States, Australia, and China between the mid-1920s and the mid-1930s. The offspring of these crossbredings created a breed standard for the Japanese Spitz that was established by the Japan Kennel Club in 1948.