In this article we will meet 10 breeds of Japanese dogs. I’m sure you’ll be impressed with these dogs from Japan. Let’s see Shikoku, Tosa, Kishu, Kai, Terrier, Spaitz, Sakhalin husky, akita inu and shiba inu.
Because of their friendly and loving way, dogs are one of the most beloved animal species in the world. Although the Japanese are known for the preference for cats, Japan also has facinants dog breeds.
Table of Contents - 1.Shikoku Inu - 2.Hokkaido - 3.Tosa - 4.Kishu - 5.Kai - 6.Japanese Terrier - 7.Japanese Spitz - 8.Husky Sakhalin - 9.Akita Inu - 10.Shiba Inu - Videos about Japanese Dogs
1 – Shikoku Inu – The dog of the Kochi region
Shikoku Inu is a dog from the Kochi region of Japan. This is a region that is difficult to access, so this breed is considered one of the purest, because crossing with other races becomes more difficult.
Shikoku Inu dogs often exhibit docile and loving behavior with their owners. They also usually get along with children, as long as they’re used to living with them since puppies, otherwise they can behave a little aggressive.
The Shikoku Inu is a medium-sized dog, males measure between 49 and 55 cenmeters in height and weigh between 16 and 25 kilos. Your life expectancy is between 10 and 12 years. Its coat usually have colors: red sesame, sesame black and sesame. This breed has an intelligent, cautious, energetic, agile and courageous personality.
2 – Hokkaido Inu – The dog of the Northern Region
Hokkaido is a breed of medium-sized dogs that accompanied immigrants from Honshu – Japan’s main island – to hokkaido island during the Kamakura era in the 17th century.
Because it is a strong, cold-resistant breed, the Hokkaidos adapt well to the motacanous regions, so they were used for hunting large animals like grizzly bear.
The dogs of this breed have a docile, courageous, alert and faithful personality. An interesting feature of this breed is that they have an excellent sense of guidance, being able to come back alone if they lose themselves to their owner.
It is also a medium-sized dog, the Hokkaido measures about 48 centimeters and weighs between 20 and 30 kilos. It can be found with black, white, black and cinnamon, sesame or red coat.
3 – Tosa inu – The fighting dog
As a result of crossing Western breeds with the Shikoku Inu, tosa dogs are known to be fighters. This is the largest breed of Japanese origin, weighing between 45 and 90 kilos and can reach 60 centimeters high.
These dogs generally don’t like strangers very much, but he clings a lot to family people, and can be a great watchdog for his home.
This race has a descofiado personality, intelligent, sensitive, aggressive and courageous. Its coat is short and in the colors black, fulvo, tigrade or red.
4 – Kishu Inu – The oldest breed in Japan
Kishu is one of the most aigas races we’ve ever known, at least 3000 years old. She was named after the place where it began to be developed, which is called Kishu. Because of their remarkable courage, these dogs were used for the hunting of boars and other animals far larger than them.
Kishu is also a medium-sized dog, measuring between 49 and 55 centimeters and weighs between 19 and 27 kilos. Its coat can have the colors: white, tigrade, sesame or red. Dogs of this breed are usually loving, active, playful, docile, patients and protectors, that is, perfect for children.
5 – Kai Inu – The dog of the packs
Also called Kai toro-ken, it is a medium-sized dog established as a breed in Kai district in Yamanashi. These dogs have a strong tendency to group together in packs, which facilitates the manufacture of their population and the purity of the breed.
Originally dogs of this breed were used as animal hunting dogs such as wild boars and deer, but because it was a very adaptable breed, they came to be used as companion dogs and guard dogs.
The tamaho of these dogs is between 45 and 56 centimeters and the weight is between 14 and 18 kilos. They have a life expectancy between 14 and 16 years, and their coat can be of colors: dark tigrad, gray brindle or red brindle.
6 – The Japanese Spitz
The origin of this breed is uncertain, but the most accepted theory is that it was created from two varieties of dogs: the American Eskimo and the German Spitz. These are small dogs used only for company.
They’re very cheerful, energetic, and playful. This dog has a relatively long life expectancy between 10 and 16 years. Males measure between 30 and 38 centimeters, and the fémias measure between 25 and 35 centimeters.
It is a race of intelligent personality, affectionate, obedient, companion and bincalhão.
7 – The Japanese Terrier
The Japanese Terrier, also known as Nihan or Nippon Terrier, is a breed descended from the short-haired Terriers taken to Japan Dutch poles in the 18th century.
This is a very good breed to keep company and play, and deals very well with children.
This is a small breed, with a height between 20 and 33 centimeters, and weighs between 2.3 and 4.1 kilos. They have short coat and breton and white or tricolor colors. And they have an affectionate, cheerful, vigilant, viraz and active personalide.
8 – Japanese Spaniel
The Japanese Spaniel, also called Chin, is the ideal dog breed for those who live in cities as they have a reputation for being a silent dog.
This is a small breed destined to the company, have the coat fulfilled, usually black and white or red and white, and the syrup covered with hair.
They’re smart dogs, alerts, loyal and loving. They have a life expectancy between 12 and 16 years and weigh between 1.4 and 6.8 kilos.
9 – Sakhalin Husky
The Sakhalin Husky was previously used as a sled dog, but now the breed is almost extinct. As of 2011 there were only two surviving members of the breed in Japan.
The height of these dogs is between 56 and 66 centimeters and weighing between 30 and 40 kilos. Its hair scans can be of colors: black, cream, russet and biscuit.
10 – Akita Inu
Famous for the films “Hachiko” and “Always by your side”, the Akita Inu is known for being a loyal dog, docile, calm, courageous, vigilant and companion. But because they are territorialist dogs, the Akita inu usually don’t get along with other dogs.
Akita Inu is a large dog, measuring between 64 and 70 centimeters and weighing between 34 and 54 kilos. Their coat can be white, sésame or fuivo-red and have an xpectative life between 10 and 12 years.
11 – Shiba Inu
Shiba has many similarities with Akita, the difference lies between size and personality. In fact both Akita Inu and Shiba Inu are the most common and famous breeds in Japan. We wrote our own article to talk about these two races.
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