The Japanese Spitz dog is a very distinctive looking dog, but in truth he is not. Breed enthusiasts describe this dog as being something between the brush and plumed plumes of the Japanese Chin and the longer hair of the Akita. He has a bear-like head, a wide skull with a short stop. He has a scissors bite. The body is a little longer than he is long.
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The legs are straight. There is a conventional length to the coat, with a ruff around the neck. The coat is a stiff, harsh, but not sleek, medium length affair, and does not shed. The coat is short and soft and should not be "woolly" looking.