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Is the Poodle Better than the Japanese Spitz as a Pet? Answer…

Last updated on April 15th, 2022 at 02:00 am


Poodle versus Japanese Spitz

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Poodle Versus Japanese Spitz: Introduction

Are you thinking of getting a new pet dog, and you have narrowed down your choices to the Poodle and the Japanese Spitz? Well, you have come to the right place. Because in this article, we will provide you with a detailed comparison of these two dog breeds to help you decide which of the Poodle and the Japanese Spitz better suits you.

We will provide you a detailed discussion and comparison of dog attributes such as intelligence, price, general health, friendliness, etc, for both the Poodle and the Japanese Spitz.

Furthermore, we will let you know which one of the Poodle and the Japanese Spitz is better suited for new dog owners, for owners with kids, for owners that live in apartments, for owners with dog allergies, etc.

Importantly, we did some analysis and calculation and we obtained a number that we call the Better-Pet Score™ for both the Poodle and for the Japanese Spitz. The dog breed with the higher Better-Pet score is the `better` pet. We hope that these Better-Pet Scores will provide you with more insight into deciding which pet to get between the Poodle and the Japanese Spitz.

Our only goal here is to help you make a well-thought-out decision on your next long-term companion, be it the Poodle or the Japanese Spitz.

Note that there are 3 types of Poodles:

  • The Standard Poodle
  • The Miniature Poodle
  • The Toy Poodle


  • However, these 3 poodle `types` are basically the same. The only difference between them is size. Standard Poodles are big, toy poodles are small, and miniature poodles are medium-sized.

    Read more about the subtle differences between the standard poodle vs. miniature poodle here and the toy poodle versus miniature poodle here.

    In addition, we have articles on the detailed comparisons of the poodle to every other dog breed. Check out our articles on poodle versus other dog breeds here.

    Poodle versus Japanese Spitz

    Poodle versus Japanese Spitz: Overview

    A very important difference between the Poodle and the Japanese Spitz is the size difference between the two dog breeds. The Poodle is a large-sized dog while the Japanese Spitz is a small-sized dog.

    Furthermore, both the Poodle and the Japanese Spitz are Companion Dogs. This means both the Poodle and the Japanese Spitz were bred to be companions for humans. Their main goal in life is to be with people, and they will be very sad if left to themselves for long hours day after day.

    Poodle versus Japanese Spitz: Comparison Table

    The table below compares the Poodle to the Japanese Spitz based on different important factors such as Price, Health, Kid-friendliness, etc.

    When a dog breed scores higher for a factor than the other dog breed, the box of the breed that scores higher is shaded green and the box of the breed that scores lower is shaded red. When there is no difference between the breeds for a particular factor then the box is shaded gray for both pets. Also, when the factor is not important in picking a pet, or when the factor cannot be compared between two pets, the box for the factor is shaded gray for both pets

    Most of the factors in the table for each dog breed are ranked on a scale of 1 to 5. “1” means “worst”, and “5” means “best”.

    However, some factors such as “Price”, “Average Lifespan”, etc. cannot be on a scale of 1 to 5, so they are not on a scale of 1 to 5 in the comparison table.

    Later in this article, we will further explain each factor as it applies to the Poodle and the Japanese Spitz

    FactorPoodleJapanese Spitz
    Tolerates Being Alone1/52/5
    Does NOT Shed5/53/5
    Does NOT Drool5/55/5
    Easy To Groom1/54/5
    Life Span12 to 15 years10 to 16 years
    General Health2/53/5
    Low Prey Drive4/54/5
    Does NOT Bark or Howl4/52/5
    Tolerates Cold Weather3/54/5
    Tendency NOT to Wander3/54/5
    Calmness/ Low Vigor3/54/5
    Weight
  • Standard Poodle: 38 to 70 pounds
  • Miniature Poodle: 10 and 20 pounds
  • Toy Poodle: 4.8 to 11.6 pounds
  • 11 to 20 pounds
    Easygoing2/53/5
    Tolerates Hot Weather4/53/5
    Dog Friendly4/54/5
    Friendly Toward Strangers4/52/5
    Potential NOT to Gain Weight2/54/5
    Does NOT chew on things2/54/5
    NOT Rambunctious2/53/5
    Minimal Exercise Needs2/53/5
    Adapts Well To Apartment Living5/54/5
    Good For Novice Owners5/54/5
    Affectionate With Family5/54/5
    Kid-Friendly5/55/5
    Easy To Train5/54/5
    Intelligence5/54/5
    Potential For Playfulness5/54/5
    Height
  • Standard Poodle: 24 to 27 inches
  • Miniature Poodle: 10 to 15 inches
  • Toy Poodle: less than 10 inches
  • 10 to 16 inches
    Average Lifespan13.5 years13.0 years
    Average Price
  • Standard Poodle: $1980
  • Miniature Poodle: $2500
  • Toy Poodle: $2760
  • $1740
    Price Range
  • Standard Poodle: $1400 – $2500
  • Miniature Poodle: $1500 – $3000
  • Toy Poodle: $1894 – $3500
  • $1500 – $2150
    Common Health Problems and Recommended Health Tests
  • Eye Examination
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) DNA Test
  • No Data

    Next, we added the scores of the factors that can be added together for the Poodle in the table (that is, `Ease of Grooming` score + `General Health` score + `Calmness` score + …etc) and we compared it to the corresponding total score for the Japanese Spitz. We call these total scores the Better-Pet Scores, as we mentioned earlier. We called this score the Better-Pet score because the better dog breed will have a higher score. This is because the pet will the higher score will have minimal needs and be easier to have as a pet.

    The Better-Pet score for the Poodle is 88 out of 125 while the Better-Pet score for the Japanese Spitz is 90 out of 125.

    Despite the higher Better-Pet score of the Japanese Spitz, we still believe that the Poodle is a better pet than the Japanese Spitz.

    This is because Poodles are much cuter but you cannot put a score on cuteness. If you could put a score on cuteness, then the Poodle will come out on top.

    Also, we are biased in favor of the Poodle :-). We are for the Poodle. So get a Poodle!

    Poodle versus Japanese Spitz

    The Most Remarkable Differences Between the Poodle and the Japanese Spitz

    Below is a list of where the Poodle and the Japanese Spitz are most different:

  • Poodles require a lot of grooming and are not very easy to groom. However, Japanese Spitzs are very easy to groom.
  • The Similarities Between the Poodle and the Japanese Spitz

    The Poodle and the Japanese Spitz are very similar in certain aspects. Below is the list of where the Poodle and the Japanese Spitz are most similar:

  • Both the Poodle and the Japanese Spitz do not like to be left alone.
  • Both the Poodle and the Japanese Spitz do not have the tendency to drool.
  • Both the Poodle and the Japanese Spitz have the tendency to develop certain health problems.
  • Both the Poodle and the Japanese Spitz have a very low prey drive. This means they get along well with other pets.
  • Both the Poodle and the Japanese Spitz are easily disturbed by noise in their environments. They are sensitive to human tone. They will understand the tone of your voice when you try to correct their behaviors with a firm tone.
  • Both the Poodle and the Japanese Spitz can tolerate hot weather.
  • Both the Poodle and the Japanese Spitz get along well with other dogs.
  • Both the Poodle and the Japanese Spitz have very high energy levels. They need a lot of exercise time to release their high energy.
  • Both the Poodle and the Japanese Spitz require a lot of exercise. They are good for owners who like to exercise.
  • Both the Poodle and the Japanese Spitz adapt well to apartment living.
  • Both the Poodle and the Japanese Spitz are good for new dog owners.
  • Both the Poodle and the Japanese Spitz are great family dogs. They are very affectionate with family.
  • Both the Poodle and the Japanese Spitz get along well with kids. They are kid-friendly.
  • Both the Poodle and the Japanese Spitz are very easy to train.
  • Both the Poodle and the Japanese Spitz are highly intelligent.
  • Both the Poodle and the Japanese Spitz are very playful.
  • Size (Weight and Height) of Poodle versus Japanese Spitz

    Now, let us discuss the difference in size between the Poodle and the Japanese Spitz.

    Poodles come in three main size categories. These three size categories are referred to as the three varieties of the poodle. Poodles of different varieties are basically the same except for their size differences. The poodle varieties based on size categorization are:

  • Standard Poodles: Standard Poodles are the biggest of the poodle varieties. Adult Standard Poodles are 24 inches to 27 inches tall and weigh between 38 pounds and 70 pounds. To learn more about Standard Poodle Growth, Weight, and Height, check out our article on Standard Poodle growth, weight and height.
  • Miniature Poodles: Miniature Poodles are mid-sized poodles. An adult miniature poodle grows to weigh between 10 and 20 pounds (4.5 kg to 9 kg) and stands between 10 to 15 inches tall (25.4 cm to 38.1 cm). To learn more about Miniature Poodle Growth, Weight and Height, check out our article on Miniature Poodle growth, weight and height.
  • Toy Poodles: The Toy Poodle is the smallest official member of the poodle club. Although there is a smaller poodle variety that is smaller than the toy poodle. This tiny poodle variety is called the micro/teacup poodle. However, this micro/teacup poodle size category is not recognized by the official poodle association, The Poodle Club of America. Adult toy poodles are no more than ten inches tall withers. In weight, a toy poodle will grow to be about 4.8 to 11.6 pounds in weight. To learn more about Toy Poodle Growth, Weight and Height, check out our article on Toy Poodle growth, weight and height.
  • There is another variety of poodle that is not recognized in the USA but is recognized in Europe. This poodle size variety is called the Moyen Poodle. In size, the Moyen Poodle is smaller than the Standard poodle but bigger than the miniature poodle.

    See below the figure that compares the different poodle sizes:

    Poodle Sizes

    On the other hand, Japanese Spitzs weigh 11 to 20 pounds when fully grown. Japanese Spitzs are 10 to 16 inches when fully grown.

    Price of Poodle versus Price of Japanese Spitz

    The average price of the Standard Poodle puppy is $1980. The price of the Standard Poodle typically ranges from $1400 – $2500. However, the price of a Standard Poodle can be as low as $200 and as high as $15000. We obtained this price information by reviewing the prices of 2524 Standard Poodle puppies listed for sale from various sources.
    The average price of the Miniature Poodle puppy is $2500. The price of the Miniature Poodle typically ranges from $1500 – $3000. However, the price of a Miniature Poodle can be as low as $350 and as high as $15000. We obtained this price information by reviewing the prices of 1190 Miniature Poodle puppies listed for sale from various sources.
    The average price of the Toy Poodle puppy is $2760. The price of the Toy Poodle typically ranges from $1894 – $3500. However, the price of a Toy Poodle can be as low as $450 and as high as $9835. We obtained this price information by reviewing the prices of 872 Toy Poodle puppies listed for sale from various sources.

    To know about standard poodle prices and standard poodle buying advice, check out our article on standard poodle cost.

    To know about miniature poodle prices, check out this article on miniature poodle price.

    To learn more about toy poodle price and for toy poodle buying advice, check out this article on toy poodle price.

    The average price of the Japanese Spitz puppy is $1740. The price of the Japanese Spitz typically ranges from $1500 – $2150. However, the price of a Japanese Spitz can be as low as $800 and as high as $2400. We obtained this price information by collecting and reviewing the prices of 6 Japanese Spitz puppies listed for sale from various sources.

    The Poodle is more expensive than the Japanese Spitz.

    Poodle Japanese Spitz
    Average Price $2260 $1740
    Price Range $1500 to $2800 $1500 to $2150

    The charts below show the price distribution for the Poodle and Japanese Spitz. For different price points, the charts show how many Poodle puppies or how many Japanese Spitz puppies are listed for sale at those price points.

    A breakdown of the prices of Poodles. The typical price range is shaded Green.

    A breakdown of the prices of Poodles. The typical price range is shaded Green.

    A breakdown of the prices of Japanese Spitzs

    A breakdown of the prices of Japanese Spitzs

    Note that a lot of factors determine how much you can expect to pay for the Poodle puppy or the Japanese Spitz puppy. This includes if health screening tests have been performed on the puppy, if the puppy is from a famous pedigree, the US State where the puppy is bred, etc.

    Nevertheless, when looking from a puppy, look at buying a puppy only from well-established breeders that breed puppies primarily for the love of dogs, and secondarily for profit. Do not buy a puppy from one of those puppy mills that mass-produce puppies in bad living conditions for maximum profit.

    You may also consider adopting a dog instead of buying a dog.

    Poodle versus Japanese Spitz

    Tolerates Being Alone: Poodle versus Japanese Spitz

    Poodles do not like to be left alone.

    Poodles, by nature, are companion dogs. They like and thrive on human companionship more than most dog breeds. Poodles do not like to be left alone. Leaving a poodle alone for more than 4 hours day after day will cause separation anxiety and isolation distress in a poodle. If you plan to get a poodle, make sure you can be around your poodle most of the time, or arrange for a dog walker.

    See our article on how long you can leave a poodle alone.

    Japanese Spitzs do not like to be left alone.

    Do Poodles shed more than Japanese Spitzs?

    Poodles do not shed a lot. They are good for people with dog allergies.

    Although all dogs shed, and poodles are no different in this regard. But poodles shed less than many other breeds of dogs. However, if you own a poodle, you will not have the problem of having balls of dog hair on your couch and over your house. This is because the curly coat of the poodle traps the hair and other things that the poodle sheds. Therefore, people that are allergic to dogs tend to tolerate poodles better.

    Check out our articles to learn more on why poodles do not shed, and on standard poodle shedding, and on shedding in toy poodles

    Japanese Spitzs shed moderately.

    Which is Easier to Groom, the Poodle or the Japanese Spitz?

    Poodles require a lot of grooming and they are not very easy to groom.

    To learn more about how to properly groom a poodle, check out our article on how to groom a poodle.

    Learn more on how to take care of a poodle here.

    Japanese Spitzs are very easy to groom.

    Which Dog Breed is more Dog-Friendly, the Poodle or the Japanese Spitz?

    Poodles get along very well with other dogs.

    Poodles get along very well with other dogs. Poodles are very friendly. However, it is up to the other dog to reciprocate the friendliness. Some dog breeds are just unfriendly and aggressive.

    Read this article to learn about the dog breeds that get along well with poodle and the dog breeds that do not along with poodles.

    Japanese Spitzs get along very well with other dogs.

    Are Poodles good family dogs? What about Japanese Spitzs?

    Poodles are great family dogs. They are very affectionate with family.

    Poodles make a good addition to a family. They love kids and kids love them.

    Learn about standard poodles as family dogs here, and about how family-friendly are toy poodles here..

    Japanese Spitzs are great family dogs. They are very affectionate with family.

    Is the Poodle Easier to Train than the Japanese Spitz?

    Poodles are very easy to train.

    Poodles are easy to train because they are intelligent and eager to please their owners. However, it is important that you begin training a poodle to make the most out of their natural intelligence. Moreover, training your Poodle should be based on positive reinforcement and repetition. Be sure to give your Poodle praise when he obeys a command and ignores your poodle`s bad behavior.

    To learn more, check out our article on how to train a poodle.

    Japanese Spitzs are very easy to train.

    Which one drools more, the Poodle or the Japanese Spitz

    Poodles do have a very low tendency to drool.

    Japanese Spitzs do have a very low tendency to drool.

    How Kid-friendly are Poodles and Japanese Spitzs?

    Poodles get along well with kids. They are kid-friendly.

    Japanese Spitzs get along well with kids. They are kid-friendly.

    Does the Poodle Have a Higher Prey Drive than the Japanese Spitz?

    Poodles have a very low prey drive. This means they get won`t chase after smaller pets. They tend to get along well with other pets.

    Japanese Spitzs have a very low prey drive. This means they get won`t chase after smaller pets. They tend to get along well with other pets.

    Do Poodles Bark and Howl? What about Japanese Spitzs?

    Poodles are not very vocal. They do not tend to bark and howl.

    Japanese Spitzs are highly vocal. They have the tendency to bark and howl.

    Can Poodles Tolerate Cold Weather? And can Japanese Spitzs Tolerate Cold Weather?

    Poodles can moderately tolerate cold weather.

    Japanese Spitzs can very well tolerate cold weather.

    Wanderlust Potential: Poodle vs. Japanese Spitz

    Poodles have a moderate tendency to wander. This means that they sometimes get distracted by other animals or objects.

    Japanese Spitzs do not have the potential to wander after things that capture their attention. They tend to stay around where you leave them.

    Can Poodles Tolerate Hot Weather? Can Japanese Spitzs Tolerate Hot Weather?

    Poodles can tolerate hot weather.

    Japanese Spitzs can tolerate hot weather as long as the weather is not too hot.

    Is the Poodle Better for Apartment Owners than the Japanese Spitz?

    Poodles adapt very well to apartment living.

    Japanese Spitzs adapt very well to apartment living.

    Which is Better for New Dog Owners, the Poodle or the Japanese Spitz?

    Poodles are very good for new dog owners.

    Japanese Spitzs are very good for new dog owners.

    Poodle Versus Other Dog Breeds

    You may also be interested in how the poodle compares to other breeds aside from the Japanese Spitz. So, see below the links to the comparison of the poodle to other breeds:

    poodle versus Akita     poodle versus Schnoodle     poodle versus Frenchton     poodle versus Dutch Shepherd     poodle versus Bulldog     poodle versus Greater Swiss Mountain Dog     poodle versus Standard Schnauzer     poodle versus Chinese Crested     poodle versus Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier     poodle versus Tibetan Mastiff     

    Conclusion: Poodle versus Japanese Spitz. Which One is a Better Pet?

    In summary, there is nothing like a better dog breed or a worse dog breed. The important question to ask is which dog breed better matches your interests and lifestyle. We hope our discussion above will help you in deciding which dog breed between the Poodle and the Japanese Spitz better suits you and your family.