My encounter with the Japanese Spitz goes back to 1984. At that
time the breed was totally unknown to dog breeders and fanciers
in Italy and in most countries of Central and South Europe.
Just a few articles and small books describing this dog were
available from Scandinavia and England where the Japanese Spitz
had been imported and bred since the early ’70s. However, these
documents did not tell much about the origins and early
development of the breed in Japan.
When in 1983 I heard for the first time about the “mythic”
Japanese Spitz and started to collect detailed information on
this dog, I was particularly lucky as I already had contacts in
Japan in connection with my profession. Two dear Japanese
friends in particular gave their invaluable help for the approach
to the new breed.
They kindly satisfied my requests for information by providing all
possible images and documents (with translations !) illustrating
the Japanese Spitz and introduced me to the clubs of the breed
This way I could establish very friendly and fruitful relations with
Japanese top experts and fanciers of the breed who helped me
enormously to achieve a clear view of this dog and its outstanding
Eventually I was so struck and fascinated by these snow-white
beauties that I took my decision at once: the Japanese Spitz would
definitely be my breed for life !
Things evolved quite positively over the following months and it
was really great emotion and joy, when in March 1985 I drove to
Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci International Airport and picked up the
lovely pair of four month old puppies sent to me directly from