Illustration of Japanese Spitz

The Japanese Spitz is a relatively modern breed, being recognised by the Japanese Kennel Club in 1948 and then by Kennel Club in 1977. The Japanese Spitz is a white dog and it is thought by some that Samoyed and White German Spitz were influential in the founding of the breed in the early years of the 20th Century. They became known outside Japan after some were exported to Sweden and from there to other European countries.

Breed Group
Vulnerable Native Breed
How much exercise?
Up to 1 hour per day
Length of coat
How much grooming?
Every day
Supposedly sheds? *
Town or Country
Type of home
Small House
Minimum Garden Size
Over 12 Years

* If you are asthmatic or have an allergy, you should consult your medical advisor before considering obtaining a dog. More information can also be found on the Kennel Club website.

The Utility Breed Group

This group consists of miscellaneous breeds of dog mainly of a non-sporting origin, including the Bulldog, Dalmatian, Akita and Poodle.

The name ‘Utility’ essentially means fitness for a purpose and this group consists of an extremely mixed and varied bunch, most breeds having been selectively bred to perform a specific function not included in the sporting and working categories. Some of the breeds listed in the group are the oldest documented breeds of dog in the world.

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