You may... or may not have noticed an adorable ball of fluff in my life. This silent fluff madness is Koda, or as I like to call him - Mr Woofers, Fluff Woofers, Fuzzbutt, fluffball and of course Cloud. I thought I'd share some wonderful background information regarding his breed and more about it. We get asked. ALOT. Introducing the Japanese Spitz:
This particular white ball of fluff originated from Dog Breeders (they estimate) around the 1920s and 1930s by crossbreeding a number of Spitz breeds. They say there are ancestors from the German Spitz lines that were bought over form North Eastern China to Japan. Throughout 1925 - 1936 various small Spitz dogs were imported from around the world and crossed into the breed. The final breed standard for the Japanese Spitz was written formally after World Ward II but the breed only began to gain popularity in the 1950s, where it was then exported to Sweden. From Sweden to Englands and the UK Kennel Club recognised the breed in 1977.
Within the UK Kennel Club, the breed sits within the Utility Group and is popular around the world, most notably in Australia & India. Sadly the American Kennel Club does not recognise the breed due to its similarity with an US developed breed - The American Eskimo Dog.
Most people will often ask "how often do you clean him?" "how do you keep them so clean". Well, here's a little secret. They are often known as the 'self-cleaning dog' of course like all dogs they are prone to get dirty and pongy but noticeably less than your local pug! Their coats retain a 'teflon coated' resistance to mud and will need regular brushing to keep them in pristine condition. They somehow repel dirt!
They are easily trained and many owners have incredible success with obedience, agility as well as in the showroom. Not just a family pet this one! Although they are an family pet and thrive on a family unit, they do need companionship.
Japanese spitz are described as being vocal & talkative. (Koda is not), it goes to show there are all sorts of personalities in the dog world! They are an ideal size for a house or small flat and are known to be good guard dogs. They are especially tolerant of children (Koda is very much a prime example of this).
They number less than 200 pups born each year with in the UK, listing the as a rare breed.
To read more on their health & UK breeders click here