Coton De Tulear vs Japanese Spitz

Compare the Coton De Tulear to the Japanese Spitz. Use the tool below to compare temperament, size, personality, maintenance requirements, and everything else between Coton De Tulears and Japanese Spitz.

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - Both the Coton De Tulear and Japanese Spitz are excellent choices for new or inexperienced owners.
  • Children - Both the Coton De Tulear and Japanese Spitz are great with children.
  • Grooming - The Japanese Spitz is easy to groom while the Coton De Tulear has moderate grooming needs.
  • Barking - Both breeds will bark frequently, but the Japanese Spitz has the highest tendency to bark between the two.
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Coton De Tulear vs Japanese Spitz
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Japanese Spitz
Breed NameCoton De TulearJapanese Spitz
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicYesNo
Lifespan14-16 yrs.10-16 yrs.
Height9-13 in.12-15 in.
Weight8-15 lb10-20 lb
IntelligenceAverageAverage
History
Origin CountryMadagascarJapan
Origin Year1970 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
  • Enjoys Attention
  • 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 ¹55°F to 80°F20°F to 85°F
Barks/HowlsOftenVery Often
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelLow-MediumHigh
Exercise RequiredLowMedium
Top Running Speed14 mph18 mph
StrengthLowLow
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceMediumMedium
SheddingLowMedium-High
DanderLowLow
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 NameCoton De TulearJapanese Spitz
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoNo
Family/PackYesYes
IndependentNoNo
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyNoNo
AverageYesYes
Focused & PatientNoNo
Breed Instincts
AggressionBelow AverageAverage
Burrow/DiggingVery LowAverage
ChasingBelow AverageAverage
Follow CommandsBelow AverageAverage
FightingBelow AverageBelow Average
GuardingVery LowBelow Average
HerdingBelow AverageAverage
HuntingBelow AverageAverage
ProtectionVery LowAverage
Remove VerminAverageAverage
SleddingBelow AverageAverage
WatchAverageAverage
Health Comparison
Breed NameCoton De TulearJapanese Spitz
Lifespan
Lifespan14-16 yrs.10-16 yrs.
Common Health Issues
Hip DysplasiaYesNo
Luxating PatellaYesNo
Patellar LuxationNoYes
Progressive Retinal AtrophyYesNo
Runny EyesNoYes
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameCoton De TulearJapanese Spitz
Coat
FurYesYes
HairNoYes
Coat Type
Double CoatYesYes
Coat Texture
StraightYesYes
SilkyNoYes
WavyNoYes
Coat Length(s)
MediumYesNo
LongYesYes
Coat Color(s)
Black & WhiteYesNo
Tri-colorYesNo
WhiteYesYes