Miniature Poodle vs Japanese Spitz

Compare the Miniature Poodle to the Japanese Spitz. Use the tool below to compare temperament, size, personality, maintenance requirements, and everything else between Miniature Poodles and Japanese Spitz.

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - Both the Miniature Poodle and Japanese Spitz are excellent choices for new or inexperienced owners.
  • Children - Both the Miniature Poodle and Japanese Spitz are great with children.
  • Grooming - The Japanese Spitz is very easy to groom. The Miniature Poodle has high grooming requirements.
  • Barking - The Japanese Spitz bark/howls frequently. The Miniature Poodle has an average level of barking.
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Miniature Poodle vs Japanese Spitz
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Japanese Spitz
Breed NameMiniature PoodleJapanese Spitz
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicYesNo
Lifespan14-15 yrs.10-16 yrs.
Height10-15 in.12-15 in.
Weight12-18 lb10-20 lb
IntelligenceHighAverage
History
Origin CountryUK (England)Japan
Origin Year1700 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
  • Willing To Please
  • Affectionate
  • Enjoys Attention
  • Loving
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
  • Likes To Snuggle
  • Stubborn
  • Willing To Please
Living Environment
ApartmentYesYes
IndoorYesYes
Small YardYesYes
Medium YardNoYes
Large YardNoNo
Temperature Tolerance ¹35°F to 80°F20°F to 85°F
Barks/HowlsBelow AverageVery Often
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelHighHigh
Exercise RequiredMedium-HighMedium
Top Running Speed18 mph18 mph
StrengthLow-MediumLow
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceHighMedium
SheddingNoneMedium-High
DanderNoneLow
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 NameMiniature PoodleJapanese Spitz
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoNo
Family/PackYesYes
IndependentNoNo
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyYesNo
AverageNoYes
Focused & PatientYesNo
Breed Instincts
AggressionBelow AverageAverage
Burrow/DiggingVery LowAverage
ChasingBelow AverageAverage
Follow CommandsAverageAverage
FightingBelow AverageBelow Average
GuardingVery LowBelow Average
HerdingBelow AverageAverage
HuntingAverageAverage
ProtectionVery LowAverage
Remove VerminVery LowAverage
SleddingVery LowAverage
WatchAverageAverage
Health Comparison
Breed NameMiniature PoodleJapanese Spitz
Lifespan
Lifespan14-15 yrs.10-16 yrs.
Common Health Issues
Addison's DiseaseYesNo
BloatYesNo
EpilepsyYesNo
Hip DysplasiaYesNo
Patellar LuxationNoYes
Runny EyesNoYes
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameMiniature PoodleJapanese Spitz
Coat
HairYesYes
FurNoYes
Coat Type
Single CoatYesNo
Double CoatNoYes
Coat Texture
RoughYesNo
WavyYesYes
SilkyNoYes
StraightNoYes
Coat Length(s)
LongYesYes
Coat Color(s)
ApricotYesNo
BlackYesNo
BlueYesNo
BrownYesNo
CreamYesNo
GrayYesNo
Light BrownYesNo
RedYesNo
SilverYesNo
WhiteYesYes