" How It Happened ! "
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
They were the first examples of Japanese Spitz ever seen in Italy
Take-Maru of Yokohama Takada (dog)
Agree of Ồoka Hiyamisow (bitch)
However, as it often happens, a few months later happiness
unfortunately turned to discomfort.
Poor Agree, the female puppy, soon showed evidence of serious
sickness and sadly died at only eight month old.
Post-mortem revealed that both
kidneys of Agree were irreparably
harmed by progressive interstitial
nephritis which had brought to
endocarditis and thence to heart
failure as the final consequence.
How such deadly nephritis had
originated in so young a subject from
Japan it could not be ascertained.
It wasn't until 1987 that the pair of
Japanese Spitz in Italy could be
reconstituted by providing the survived male Take-Maru, a
particularly fine example of the breed, with a new mate from
Fujiko of White Kodamasow (bitch)
Take-Maru and Fujiko produced their first litter in 1989 and another
one in 1990. All the puppies born proved to be sound and top
In 1990 close and friendly cooperation started with "di Paranor"
Kennels owned by Mrs. Luisella Cecchinato, who had previous
experience as a breeder of Siberian Huskies.
Luisella took two bitches from Fujiko's second litter and later she
also became co-owner with me of a new male spitz.
Masamitsu of Yokohama Murata (dog)
that I imported from Japan in 1992. She ensured JS breeding in
Italy under her Kennel's name "di Paranor" using my imported
lines whilst, due to very demanding job away from home, I
personally could not look after breeding and take care of new
litters for some years.
Final homecoming allowed me to regain some free time, which
resulted in two new achievements
1) Publication in 1997 of the first complete
manual of the Japanese Spitz ever appeared
in Western World (see "The Book of the Breed"
2) Importation in January 1998 of my fifth Japanese
Spitz from Japan
Asagi of Toyoshi Hakuren (dog)
A handsome boy with exceptionally sweet and loving nature,
who since then lives at our home together with the girl which
came to us from "di Paranor" Kennels in 1995
Beleriand di Paranor (Masamitsu x Sākura) (bitch)
"Asa" and "Belle"
Many years have passed by now after the first Japanese Spitz
entered our house and became part of the family, but passion and
emotion for this breed are still the same as they were in the
I enjoy seeing Japanese Spitz anytime and anywhere and it's also
my special pleasure when I can meet the numerous friends from
all over the world who share my own "holy fire" for this delightful
The special interest in the Japanese Spitz and the continual
passionate research on the breed during more than 20 years
naturally brought to build step by step a lot of nice and stimulating
contacts with people and associations devoting to this dog.
This was particularly rewarding, and it is real pleasure, honour and
pride today to be in friendly terms and to co-operate with JS clubs,
breeders and fanciers of Japan, Australia, Finland, Sweden,
Norway, United Kingdom and other countries in the world where
the breed is appreciated.