Tibetan Terrier vs Japanese Spitz

Compare the Tibetan Terrier to the Japanese Spitz. Use the tool below to compare temperament, size, personality, maintenance requirements, and everything else between Tibetan Terriers and Japanese Spitz.

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - Both breeds are good choices for new or inexperienced owners, but the Japanese Spitz is better suited for new owners.
  • Children - Both the Tibetan Terrier and Japanese Spitz are great with children.
  • Grooming - The Japanese Spitz is very easy to groom. The Tibetan Terrier has high grooming requirements.
  • Barking - The Japanese Spitz bark/howls frequently. The Tibetan Terrier has an average level of barking.
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Tibetan Terrier vs Japanese Spitz
Cream Tibetan Terrier
Japanese Spitz
Breed NameTibetan TerrierJapanese Spitz
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicYesNo
Lifespan12-15 yrs.10-16 yrs.
Height14-16 in.12-15 in.
Weight20-24 lb10-20 lb
IntelligenceAverageAverage
History
Origin CountryTibetJapan
Origin Year10 AD1950 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessVery GoodVery Good
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Pet FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Stranger FriendlyGoodBelow 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 YardYesYes
Medium YardNoYes
Large YardNoNo
Temperature Tolerance ¹40°F to 80°F20°F to 85°F
Barks/HowlsBelow AverageVery Often
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelHighHigh
Exercise RequiredMedium-HighMedium
Top Running Speed18 mph18 mph
StrengthMediumLow
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceHighMedium
SheddingVery HighMedium-High
DanderMediumLow
Drool AmountLowLow

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 NameTibetan TerrierJapanese Spitz
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoNo
Family/PackYesYes
IndependentNoNo
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyNoNo
AverageYesYes
Focused & PatientNoNo
Breed Instincts
AggressionAverageAverage
Burrow/DiggingAverageAverage
ChasingAverageAverage
Follow CommandsAverageAverage
FightingBelow AverageBelow Average
GuardingBelow AverageBelow Average
HerdingAverageAverage
HuntingAverageAverage
ProtectionBelow AverageAverage
Remove VerminAverageAverage
SleddingBelow AverageAverage
WatchAverageAverage
Health Comparison
Breed NameTibetan TerrierJapanese Spitz
Lifespan
Lifespan12-15 yrs.10-16 yrs.
Common Health Issues
CataractsYesNo
DistichiasisYesNo
Hip DysplasiaYesNo
HyperthyroidismYesNo
Lens LuxationYesNo
Patellar LuxationYesYes
Progressive Retinal AtrophyYesNo
Runny EyesNoYes
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameTibetan TerrierJapanese Spitz
Coat
HairYesYes
FurNoYes
Coat Type
Double CoatYesYes
Smooth CoatYesNo
Coat Texture
SilkyYesYes
WavyYesYes
StraightYesYes
Coat Length(s)
LongYesYes
Coat Color(s)
BlackYesNo
BrindleYesNo
BrownYesNo
CreamYesNo
GoldYesNo
GrayYesNo
Tri-colorYesNo
WhiteYesYes