The history of the Japanese Spitz is somewhat unclear. Some believe that dog breeders in Japan cross bred a number of Spitz breeds in the 1920s, beginning with the white German Spitz dog. Others believe it is a descendant of the Siberian Samoyed. During the mid 1920s and 1930s imported Spitz breeds where crossed into this developing breed, with the aim of improving the breed.
After World War II the final standard for the Japanese Spitz was written and accepted by the Japanese Kennel Club.
Japanese Spitz are an active, intelligent, alert breed who love outdoor life. They make excellent companion dogs as they thrive on human contact and are very affectionate with their owners and young children. A loyal and obedient dog which is easy to train, and is also courageous despite their small/medium size. They will, however, not hesitate to alert their owner to strangers coming to their home.
The main health issue concerning this breed is Luxating Patella which is dislocation of the kneecap.
Another health issue is over production of tears due to small tear ducts.