German Spitz and the Japanese Spitz obviously have much the same ancient origins – just different modern origins. The early modern forerunner to the German Spitz popularized in England from the 18th Century by George 1 and his German wife and descendants and the Japanese Spitz developed in Japan and shown as far back in 1921 and registered with the JKC after World War 2.
Their coat needs are similar too in that they are double coated with short soft undercoat and long harsh textured outer coat.
Let’s deal with the German Spitz first for grooming this coat to perfection. As he is compact, and his silhouette required to be an almost square outline his coat should highlight his good substance without disguising it. His tuck up should be evident, and he ought to exhibit a level topline.
As all color varieties are acceptable and the difference between the Klein and Mitel appearing to only be in height ranges
Best to start at the head for this use Plush Puppy Let’s Face It Shampoo – is what the dog showing world has needed for way too long. Another one of the famous Plush Puppy products that with the latest of technology and the highest amounts of naturally sourced ingredients has developed into a product that is a must! This is a hypoallergenic sulfate free low foaming shampoo designed for faces. It’s a nil fragrance; no tear formula with the highest quality Blue Cypress Extracts, Panthenol with Pro Vitamin B and SugaNate. These special ingredients are soothing, cleansing, assist in adding moisture, aid healing and have anti-inflammatory benefits. A small golf ball sized amounts directly to the face and eye area allows you to thoroughly clean without causing irritation. Can be used in and around ears also with the same benefits. Its low foaming design allows easy rinsing yet complete cleaning.
For all spitz breeds or double coated breeds you need to use different things on different areas of the coat and depending on what state the coat is in at the time. As you need to have this coat mostly standing up except for the level topline and remembering you cannot trim, then use Plush Puppy All Purpose Shampoo on the topline for shine and use Plush Puppy Body Building Shampoo on those areas that need to be stand offish and to enhance substance on your dog. Dilute both these shampoos at 5:1 i.e. 5 parts water to one part shampoo. I recommend dilution to get even dispersion throughout the coat right through to the skin. These are all naturally sourced and yet have great outcomes. They really do what they say they will do. These are not just cosmetic fluff over shampoos, they get right in there and add to those attributes you wish to enhance, thus highlighting that squared silhouette you are keen to achieve. So put the All Purpose on the topline area and the body Building Shampoo on the longer areas you want to stand up. Simple! You can use Plush Puppy Black Opal diluted 3:1 for the black coats but make sure you use Body Building first or mix 1/2 Body Building Shampoo and half Black Opal for the lengths. For topline you can mix 1/2 Black Opal and 1/2 All Purpose. Leave on for 5 minutes to enhance the black coverage and rinse.
Now do not use conditioner at all. That will simply flatten and soften the coat when in fact you require a harsh texture. Maybe if your dog is too long then you can put conditioner only on the pants to flatten and shorten the length of body illusion. For those who don’t need to shorten the silhouette and to keep up the moisture and condition in the coat without softening and flattening. Plush Puppy Seabreeze Oil diluted 1 tablespoon to a bucket of warm water 4lt/1gal and saturate the coat through to the skin using a large sponge or pour it on – whatever – just make sure you get it right through the coat for maximum effect. DO NOT RINSE OUT. LEAVE IN. This is not a greasy mix and is just perfect for every bath time and show bath time. It is just amazing and one product we all cannot live without.
For those coats that are not as abundant or in full coat enough then apply Plush Puppy Volumising Cream diluted 1 tablespoon to 1 cup warm water and agitate with a fork to mix well and saturate the mix through the coat and leave in. You will not feel this in the coat and it will make each hair appear thicker. Also available in a “Ready to Use” formula.
Shampoo to use for Japanese Spitz is Plush Puppy Herbal Whitening Shampoo diluted please at 5:1 – you need a crisp pearly white and not a purple white! Especially important if you have been using anything to lighten your Japanese Spitz coat to remove stains, such as any form of bleaching agent. I hope not! The porosity of the coat would be compromised and suck up anything you put onto that coat till it grows. I would use the Herbal Whitening Shampoo for first shampoo and then use Plush Puppy Body Building Shampoo diluted 5:1 or mix 1/2 ad half of each of the shampoos and dilute 5:1 to save time. You must dilute for even dispersion and to get maximum effect.
For extra whitening and best for stained areas use Plush Puppy Wonder Blok – this product is one of our proudest achievements in helping to maintain a white stain free coat. It’s not a bleach and contains no harmful chemicals but with the use of modern technology and high amounts of naturally sourced vegetable surfactants and glycerin. This product is designed to gently remove unwanted warm/red tones to the coat. Best used on a damp/wet coat. Gently rub into the require areas allow time (5-10 minutes) and rinse. For maximum effects repeat or allow a longer time for this amazing product to work. As with all products take care around eyes. For maximum effect try applying the day prior to bath day. Apply and simply leave on.
Your Japanese Spitz is ever so slightly longer in body than height but not much at all so one has to keep a fairly compact shape with this one too – evidently slightly longer but not long as a train. His tail is set on high and curled over the back and ribs powerfully sprung with a good tuck up. His coat also requires fullness and lift hence my use of the Body Building Shampoo on him too.
For a clean crisp whiter than white rather than a pearly white and also to help clean up the coat without using anything harsh, do a pre shampoo with Plush Puppy Deep Cleansing Shampoo diluted 50/50 and work well into the less than white areas and leave for at least 5 minutes before rinsing. Again no conditioner on this coat and do the same bath/oil/blow dry routine as outlined above for the German Spitz. Leave in Seabreeze Oil and do not rinse.
I guess the main thing to keep reinforcing to you all is to get into a habit of doing this at least once a week. Oiling these coats with Seabreeze Oil will maintain the condition and elasticity of the coat allowing you to bath as many times as you wish and certainly when we have a big show coming up we often will bath/oil/blow dry twice a week. It is a discipline. We never not do it! It is hard work but then if you want to stand out and look great against those hairdo breeds you have to present the coats to their very best and get that all important outline happening to the max.
Show day for both the German and Japanese Spitz, brush up using a dilution of Plush Puppy OMG Grooming Spray the concentrate version diluted 30:1 i.e. 30 parts water to one part OMG. You can dilute as much as 40:1. Brush through using Plush Puppy Ultimate Pin Brush either regular pins or long pins. This is a cushion based brush and gets into the coat without ripping at it. Finish off the topline with the Plush Puppy Ultimate Slicker Brush.
A light spray of Plush Puppy Odour Muncher just to eliminate any kennel or dog trailer odors and a tiny sprinkle of Plush Puppy Pixie Dust onto the Pin Brush and then tapped lightly through the pants and chest area to pick up the sunlight or spotlights. If you can see this when you’re putting it on, you have used too much!
Your main work has been done prior to the show and your German Spitz looks his perfect square silhouette gleaming with health and vigor to his coat. His intelligence and happy personality is a vote winner in the show ring. They love you their handler and will give you their all. You have given your all in training and grooming and the pair of you makes formidable opponents.
The Japanese Spitz is a great companion watchdog and is light and nimble with a wonderfully smooth gait. You have his coat perfectly standoffish with his mane reaching from the neck and shoulders back to his brisket area. This little alarm dog for the elite in old Japan is fairly high spirited and lively in the ring. His boldness and alert character makes him hard to go past too. But then, hey, I really like spitz breeds!
Article courtesy of Plush Puppy Australia