Dog Breeds Gallery

We've brought together dog breeds from all over the world including Australia so you can learn more about their history, habits, personalities, and unique abilities. The more you know about dogs, the more you love them. Browse the dog breeds list below to read more about your dream dog.

Japanese Spitz

Japanese Spitz
Japanese Spitz
Japanese Spitz
This small breed is a recent development in Japan where its ancestors have been kept as "family dogs" since ancient times. It is thought that the Japanese Spitz originated from the "Peat Dog" that spread from the Swiss Lakes and from Finland ABOUT 6000 years ago, before finally reaching Japan and China by 400 A.D.

The first Japanese Spitz arrived in Australia in 1979. Although the Japanese Spitz is now well established it is still a relatively unknown and rare dog in Australia.

AVERAGE LIFESPAN

The Japanese Spitz lives from 14 to 17 years of age.

BREED PERSONALITY, CHARACTERISTICS AND TEMPERAMENT

The Japanese Spitz is a family dog and it thrives on human companionship. It is an intelligent breed always eager to please. In temperament, it is wary of complete strangers rushing up to it without formal introduction. It prefers a gentle approach, after that you have a friend for life. It is characterised by its great courage, intelligence and liveliness and is an affectionate, devoted companion.

COMPATIBILITY WITH OTHER PETS

As a companion dog the Japanese Spitz should be familiarised with other household pets at an early age and it will then live happily and reliably with them. The Japanese Spitz has a dominant nature and when introduced to a household with other breeds may very quickly become "the boss", even over much larger breeds.

CARE REQUIREMENTS

Despite its long, pure white coat the Japanese Spitz is a low maintenance breed. Contrary to most people''s expectations and belief their coat is very easy to look after. Due to its texture, mud and dirt fall off or can be brushed out very easily. While it loves to play in the dirt, this is a fastidious dog that does not like getting dirty and, like a cat, will lick itself clean. Provided they are kept well groomed they should only require a bath at most twice a year. They shed their coat once a year. The shedding will usually only last about 10 days and the dead hair is easily combed out.



Please take note:
They do not need lots of exercise, but they are an active breed and enjoy daily walks. If they are bored they can be mischievous. It is not a dog one can leave in the back yard and forget. They enjoy living both indoors and outdoors, in fact they enjoy being wherever you are as they thrive on human companionship. They can jump very high for their size so fences and gates need to be at least 1.5m to 1.8m high.

IDEAL OWNERS

The Japanese Spitz is a family dog seeming to thrive on the different attention and affection from each family member. A young puppy (3 to 12 months) could be a "handful" for children under five years of age without adult supervision. Having said that, they also make an excellent and loving companion for a single person in a flat.

IN CONCLUSION

If you have decided that the Japanese Spitz is the dog for you and you are prepared to supervise it around any children, under five years of age, then contact one of the groups listed below:


Recommended Breeders

Breeder Name Kennel State
Glenys Lewis Oakees SA Contact
Amanda Huggins Daesdaemar NSW Contact
L and N Wood Syide QLD Contact
Florence Robards Balickera NSW Contact
Dorothy Neale Teikora NSW Contact
Vicki Livingstone Arishikoa NSW Contact
Elise Kogler Yukihana QLD Contact
Lily Dargie Biavanil SA Contact
Helen Sargent BUNDSARG SA Contact
Ashleigh Maclot Hikaru QLD Contact
Elizabeth Chapman Scheepshond VIC Contact
Barbara Winch Hawkesmill QLD Contact
Amanda Huggins Daesdaemar NSW Contact
Pat Blattman Patome NSW Contact
Rebecca Bentley Belzbentley VIC Contact


*** We have vetted and approved these independent breeders as meeting, at the time, our criteria for the reliable breeding, feeding, care and sale of suitable quality puppies of this breed. This does not mean that other breeders do not meet these criteria or are not otherwise suitable suppliers. Nor can our vetting and approval guarantee the quality of a breeder or puppy or that you will be happy with them. We disclaim any liability for the quality, acts or omissions of these breeders or their and our approval of breeders is not a substitute for you making all appropriate enquiries and checks (including veterinary checks) before choosing a specific breeder or puppy.


Canine Clubs

  • Australian Capital Territory:
    Dogs ACT
    (ACT Canine Association Inc)
    PO Box 815
    Dickson, ACT 2602
    Tel: 02 6241 4404
    Fax: 02 6241 1129
    Website: www.dogsact.org.au
    (Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
  • New South Wales:
    Dogs NSW
    (Royal New South Wales Canine Council Ltd)
    PO Box 632
    St Marys, NSW 1790
    Tel: 02 9834 3022
    Fax: 02 9834 3872
    Website: www.dogsnsw.org.au
    (Details current as of 10/10/2013)
  • Northern Terrority:
    Dogs NT
    (North Australian Canine Association Inc)
    PO Box 37521
    Winnellie, NT 0821
    Tel: 08 8984 3570
    Fax: 08 8984 3409
    Website: www.dogsnt.com.au/
    (Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
  • Queensland:
    Dogs Queensland
    (Canine Control Council (Queensland))
    PO Box 495
    Fortitude Valley, Qld 4006
    Tel: 07 3252 2661
    Fax: 07 3252 3864
    Website: www.cccq.org.au
    (Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
  • South Australia:
    Dogs SA
    (South Australian Canine Association Inc)
    PO Box 844
    Prospect East, SA 5082
    Tel: 08 8349 4797
    Fax: 08 8262 5751
    Website: www.dogssa.com.au
    (Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
  • Tasmania:
    Dogs Tasmania
    (Tasmanian Canine Association Inc)
    The Rothman Building
    PO Box 116
    Glenorchy, Tas 7010
    Tel: 03 6272 9443
    Fax: 03 6273 0844
    Website: www.tasdogs.com/
    (Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
  • Victoria:
    Dogs Victoria
    (Victorian Canine Association)
    Locked Bag K9
    Cranbourne, Vic 3977
    Tel: 03 9788 2500
    Fax: 03 9788 2599
    Website: www.dogsvictoria.org.au/
    (Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
  • Western Australia:
    Dogs West
    (Canine Association of Western Australia Inc)
    Cnr Warton & Ranford Rds,
    Southern River, WA, 6110
    Tel: 08 9455 1188
    Fax: 08 9455 1190
    Website: www.dogswest.com
    (Details correct as of 10/10/2013)