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Herebelow the most important characteristics of the Japanese Spitz dog.
ORIGIN : Japan.
DATE OF PUBLICATION OF THE ORIGINAL VALID STANDARD : 1987.
UTILIZATION : Companion dog.
CLASSIFICATION F.C.I. : Group 5 Spitz and primitive type.
Section 5 Asian Spitz and related breeds. Without working trial.
BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY : The origin of the Japanese Spitz is said to be the
large-sized white German Spitz brought to Japan around 1920 via the continent of
Siberia and northeast part of China. Around the year 1921 the breed was first exhibited
at a dog show in Tokyo.
Subsequently, in 1925, two pairs of white Spitz were imported from Canada, and until
around 1936, imports came from Canada, the U.S., Australia and China. Eventually
their offspring were crossbred to produce a better breed. After the 2nd World War, the
unified breed standard was established by the Japan Kennel Club in 1948 to be valid to
GENERAL APPEARANCE : Covered with profuse pure white coat, with pointed muzzle,
triangular pricked ears, and feathering tail over back. The constitution tough and the
whole well balanced, its harmonious beauty causing spirit and dignity peculiar to this
breed, and expressing elegance.
IMPORTANT PROPORTION : The ratio of height at withers to length of body is 10:11.
BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT : Intelligent, cheerful, keen in sense. Noisy not
HEAD : Size in balance to body, moderately broad and rounded.
CRANIAL REGION :
Skull : Forehead moderately developed. Rear part of skull broadest.
Stop : Defined.
FACIAL REGION :
Nose : Small, round and black.
Muzzle : Pointed, the tip slightly round, and well balanced. Lips tight and preferably
Jaws/Teeth : Teeth white and strong with scissor bite.
Eyes : Moderately large, almond-shaped, set slightly oblique, dark in colour. Black
Ears: Set on high, small, triangular, pricked, facing forward, and not too far apart.
NECK : Moderately long, muscles well developed.
Withers : High.
Back : Straight and short.
Loins : Broad.
Chest : Wide and deep, ribs well sprung.
Belly : Well tucked up.
TAIL : Set on high, moderately long, carried over back.
Forequarters : Shoulders well sloping, forearms straight, elbows tight.
Hindquarters : Muscular, stifle and hock moderately bent.
FEET : Cat-feet. Pads thick, and desirably black as well as the nails.
GAIT/MOVEMENT : Quick and active.
Hair : Outer coat straight and stand-off. Undercoat short, soft and dense. The foreface,
ears, front of forearms and part below hocks are short haired, and the rest covered with
abundant long coat, especially from neck to shoulders and forechest covered with
beautiful frill, and the tail also has long profuse feathering.
Colour : Pure white.
SIZE : height at withers : Dogs 30-38 cm. Bitches slightly smaller than dogs.
FAULTS : Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the
seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its
degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog.
- Overshot or undershot mouth.
- Strongly curled tail.
- Shyness; noisiness.
ELIMINATING FAULTS :
- Aggresive or overly shy.
- Drop ears.
- Tail not carried on back.
Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.
N.B. : Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into