The Japanese Spitz breed is a newer breed out of Japan; a small but bold companion animal with a sharp mind and a communicative nature. They are typically very agreeable animals although they may have a tendency to chase smaller scurrying critters. Although this breed is not yet recognized by the American Kennel Club, they are recognized by other Kennel Clubs throughout the world, including the Japanese Kennel Club, the United Kennel Club, and the American Rare Breeds Association. This breed of small, all-white dogs is slowly gaining in popularity here in the United States as well, and the Japanese Spitz Club of the USA is striving to receive that recognition from the American Kennel Club.
The Japanese Spitz is a small white-haired spitz-type dog which is very slightly longer than it is tall. This little canine is sturdy and has a fairly deep chest and muscular hindquarters for its size, but small, cat-like feet. Like other spitz-type breeds, this dog has a moderately broad head with a slightly rounded skull and moderately long, pointed muzzle with tight, black lips and a small, black nose. Their eyes are almond-shaped with black rims that usually come in dark brown although they can occasionally come in more amber-like hues as well, and their small, triangular, prick ears are set closely together, standing erect from the top of the head. They sport a profuse double-layer coat that consists of a short, dense undercoat that is shot through with a straight outer layer that extends out from the body and have a long, well-feathered tail that they carry curled up over their back.