Grooming . . .

With a breed that owns such a profuse and magnificent coat you could be forgiven for believing that it requires extensive grooming; Nothing could be further from the truth.

As commented upon elsewhere on this site the breed has a 'self cleaning' coat which means that it can get extremely dirty and all you need to do is to allow the coat to dry and to then give your dog a light comb/brush through and the vast majority of that dirt simply falls away and you are left with a pristine, gleaming dog all over again.

That is not to say that the dogs coat does not need attention because it does, but it is true to say that a little goes a long way. If you give your dog a 5-10 minute groom each day then you will keep it very tidy and be able to reserve a bath and a more extensive groom for those special occasions or visits to dog shows.

The key here is frequency, i.e. groom every day -or- at worst 5 days out of 7. The only exception to this is when your dog is moulting when it will require more attention and will need grooming every single day and thoroughly combed to carefully remove as much as possible of the dead hair. This moulting period usually occurs once a year for dogs and twice yearly for the bitches.

Click on the link below if you would like to download a detailed and illustrated guide to grooming your Japanese Spitz.

Grooming Guide

Ownership . . .