DATE OF PUBLICATION OF THE VALID ORIGINAL STANDARD: 1987
UTILIZATION: Companion dog
Group 5: Spitz and primitive types, Section 5: Asian Spitz and related
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 cross bred 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 the present.
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, and its harmonious beauty causing spirit and
dignity peculiar to this breed, and expressing elegance.
The ratio of height at withers to length of body is 10 : 11.
Intelligent, cheerful, keen in sense. Noisy not permitted.
Size in harmony with body and moderately broad and rounded.
SKULL: Rear part of skull broadest.
The forehead moderately developed.
NOSE: Small, round and black.
MUZZLE: Pointed, the tip slightly round, and well balanced.
Lips tight and preferably black.
TEETH: White and strong with scissors bite.
EYES: Moderately large, almond-shaped, set slightly
oblique, dark in colour. Black eye-rims.
EARS: Set on high, small, triangular, pricked, facing
forward, and not too far apart.
NECK: Moderately long, muscles well developed.
BACK: Straight and short.
CHEST: Wide and deep, ribs well sprung.
BELLY: Well drawn up.
TAIL: Set on high, moderately long, carried over back.
FOREQUARTERS: Shoulders well sloping, forearms straight,
HINDQUARTERS: Muscular, stifle and hock moderately bent.
FEET: Cat feet. Pads thick, and desirably black as well as
GAIT: Quick and active
Outer coat straight and stand-off. Undercoat short, soft and
dense. The foreface, ears, front of forearms and parts below hocks are
short haired, and the rest covered with abundant long hair, especially
from neck to shoulders and fore chest covered with beautiful frill, and
the tail also has long profuse feathering.
Height at withers: Dog 30-38 cm. Bitches slightly smaller than
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. Overshot or undershot mouth;
strongly curled tail; shyness; noisiness.
Drop ears; tail not carried on back.
N.B: Males should have two apparently normal testicles
fully descended into the scrotum.
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