Cavalier King Charles Spaniel vs Japanese Spitz

Compare the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel to the Japanese Spitz. Use the tool below to compare temperament, size, personality, maintenance requirements, and everything else between Cavalier King Charles Spaniels and Japanese Spitz.

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - Both the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Japanese Spitz are excellent choices for new or inexperienced owners.
  • Children - Both the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Japanese Spitz are great with children.
  • Grooming - Both the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Japanese Spitz are very low maintenance and easy to groom.
  • Barking - Both breeds will bark frequently, but the Japanese Spitz has the highest tendency to bark between the two.
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Cavalier King Charles Spaniel vs Japanese Spitz
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Dog Breed
Japanese Spitz
Breed NameCavalier King Charles SpanielJapanese Spitz
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicNoNo
Lifespan9-15 yrs.10-16 yrs.
Height12-13 in.12-15 in.
Weight10-18 lb10-20 lb
IntelligenceAverageAverage
History
Origin CountryNot SpecifiedJapan
Origin Year1500 AD1950 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessVery GoodVery Good
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Pet FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Stranger FriendlyVery GoodBelow Average
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Loving
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
  • Likes To Snuggle
  • Willing To Please
  • Affectionate
  • Enjoys Attention
  • Loving
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
  • Likes To Snuggle
  • Stubborn
  • Willing To Please
Living Environment
ApartmentYesYes
IndoorYesYes
Small YardNoYes
Medium YardNoYes
Large YardNoNo
Temperature Tolerance ¹50°F to 80°F20°F to 85°F
Barks/HowlsOftenVery Often
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelMediumHigh
Exercise RequiredMediumMedium
Top Running Speed14 mph18 mph
StrengthLowLow
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceLowMedium
SheddingMediumMedium-High
DanderMediumLow
Drool AmountNoneLow

¹This is estimated min/max temperature range for a healthy adult dog. Dogs that live indoors, puppies, seniors, unwell dogs, and/or dogs with improperly groomed coats may overheat sooner and get cold more quickly.
Instincts & Behavior Comparison
Breed NameCavalier King Charles SpanielJapanese Spitz
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoNo
Family/PackYesYes
IndependentNoNo
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyNoNo
AverageYesYes
Focused & PatientNoNo
Breed Instincts
AggressionVery LowAverage
Burrow/DiggingVery LowAverage
ChasingBelow AverageAverage
Follow CommandsBelow AverageAverage
FightingBelow AverageBelow Average
GuardingBelow AverageBelow Average
HerdingVery LowAverage
HuntingBelow AverageAverage
ProtectionVery LowAverage
Remove VerminVery LowAverage
SleddingVery LowAverage
WatchAverageAverage
Health Comparison
Breed NameCavalier King Charles SpanielJapanese Spitz
Lifespan
Lifespan9-15 yrs.10-16 yrs.
Common Health Issues
Dry EyeYesNo
Episodic FallingYesNo
Hip DysplasiaYesNo
Mitral Valve DiseaseYesNo
Patellar LuxationYesYes
Runny EyesNoYes
SyringomyeliaYesNo
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameCavalier King Charles SpanielJapanese Spitz
Coat
FurYesYes
HairNoYes
Coat Type
Single CoatYesNo
Double CoatNoYes
Coat Texture
SilkyYesYes
WavyYesYes
StraightNoYes
Coat Length(s)
MediumYesNo
LongNoYes
Coat Color(s)
Black & TanYesNo
Black & WhiteYesNo
BlenheimYesNo
RubyYesNo
WhiteNoYes