The Japanese Spitz breed, it is believed, originated in 19th-century Japan.
The Japanese Spitz looks a little like a small Samoyed, yet it has its own unique look. Its compact frame is completely covered in a thick, white fur that forms a mane around the neck. Only the lower legs have short fur. The Japanese Spitz has a wedge-shaped head with pointed ears, a dark nose and dark lips. Its furry tail is usually carried over the back. Its dark eyes are at once friendly, proud and watchful.
A healthy Japanese Spitz can live as long as 12 years.