Post # 1
Finally convinced my FI to get a dog when we get married =) He likes the Japanese Spitz as do I. Problem is I have slight asthma, so will need to get a hypoallergenic dog. Does the Japanese Spitz shed a lot of hair? I’ve heard it’s only once per year where they shed profusely. I can handle that 🙂 and how are they like with kids? Are they easy to train?
It seems like they are not a very common dog.
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Post # 3
I’m sorry, but there’s no such thing as a hypoallergenic dog. Very few people are allergic to dog HAIR. Most people are allergic to the dander, saliva and urine. So the length of hair will have absolutely no effect on your allergies. Some people react more to some breeds. There’s no way to know until you are specifically exposed to the dog that you’re thinking of bringing home.
I’ve worked with several, but they’re not my personal type of dog. I’ve always been an Akita and Doberman girl. Spitz coats are like most northern type breeds. They blow their coat annually, but they still have the normal daily shedding. They’re smart (which is both a benefit and a curse), they’re generally even tempered, and they’re very close with their people. I’ve always found them less nippy than the average small dog.
Post # 4
Funny that you should post this…someone else made a very similar post a few days ago. Here are a couple links I posted in that thread. Also, I see you are in Australia…the below links are for the UK, so it probably won’t help you find a breeder or rescue, (though it sounds like they are a fairly rare breed, so you may or may not be able to find any in rescue). I would suggest doing a google search for the national breed club as a starting point for finding a breeder near you. Ideally, meet with a few breeders and meet their dogs, see how you do as far as allergies and if the dogs’ personalities/enerygy levels, etc as a whole are a good fit for you and your family.
http://www.japanesespitzrescue.com/index.php?FAQ This was an FAQ I found that answered many of your questions. There is also a link to a book at the bottom of the page that may be helpful as well.
The above two websites are breed clubs. Both have a little bit of information on the breed as well.
Read more: http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/does-anyone-have-a-japanese-spitz-that-can-help#ixzz2U3tZh4Xg
Post # 5
@Miss Apricot: Thanks for your advice! Didn’t realise somebody had posted the same topic. Very helpful =) They are quite difficult to find in Australia.
Post # 6
I love our Japanese Spitz!!! We got him a few months after we got married as well! Coincedentally, he was born the day before our wedding! His name is Katsu, and he is so fluffy, cuddly and smart! Training him is so much fun because he catches on to everything so quickly!
Living in Canada, it was really hard to find a breeder. We ended up purchasing him from a breeder in California! The boy travelled from San Fran –> Atlanta –> Buffalo, where we picked him up. Then we drove home to Toronto! It was a journey, but well worth it! He’s adjusted so so well!