Discover 11 Japanese dog breeds

In this article we will know 10 Japanese dog breeds. I'm sure you will be impressed by 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 ways, dogs are one of the most loved animal species in the world. Although the Japanese are known for their preference for cats, Japan also has fascinating dog breeds.

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1 - Shikoku Inu - The dog of the Kochi region

The 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, as crossing with other breeds becomes more difficult.

Shikoku Inu dogs usually show a docile and loving behavior with their owners. They also tend to get along well with children, as long as they are used to living with them since they are puppies, otherwise they can behave a little aggressively.

The Shikoku Inu is a medium-sized dog, males measure between 49 and 55 centimeters in height and weigh between 16 and 25 kilograms. Their life expectancy is between 10 and 12 years. Their coat usually have the colors: red sesame, black sesame and sesame. This race has an intelligent, cautious, energetic, agile and courageous personality.

Shikoku inu - the dog from the kochi region

2 - Hokkaido Inu - The dog of the North region

The Hokkaido is a breed descended from the medium-sized dogs that accompanied immigrants from Honshu – the main island of Japan – to the island of Hokkaido during the Kamakura era in the 17th century.

As a strong and cold-resistant breed, the Hokkaidos adapt well to mountainous regions, so they were used to hunt large animals such as the 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 direction, being able to return on their own if they lose their owner.

Also a medium-sized dog, the Hokkaido measures around 48 centimeters and weighs between 20 and 30 kilograms. It can be found with a black, white, black and cinnamon, sesame or red coat.

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3 - Tosa inu - The fighting dog

Result of the crossing of western races with the Shikoku Inu, breed dogs clipping are known to be fighters. This is the largest breed of Japanese origin, weighing between 45 and 90 kilos and reaching 60 centimeters in height.

These dogs are generally not very fond of strangers, but he is very attached to family members and can be a great guard dog for your home.

This breed has a suspicious, intelligent, sensitive, aggressive and courageous personality. Its coat is short and comes in black, fawn, brindle or red.

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4 - Kishu Inu - The oldest breed in Japan

Kishu it is one of the oldest breeds we know, with at least 3000 years. It got its name because of the place where it started to be developed, which is called Kishu. Because of their remarkable courage, these dogs were used to hunt wild boar and other animals much larger than themselves.

The Kishu is also a medium-sized dog, measuring between 49 and 55 centimeters and weighing between 19 and 27 kilograms. Its coat can have the colors: white, brindle, sesame or red. Dogs of this breed are usually loving, active, playful, docile, patient and protective, that is, perfect for children.

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5 - Kai Inu - The dog of packs

Also called Kai toro-ken, is a medium-sized dog established as a breed in the Kai district of Yamanashi. These dogs have a strong tendency to group together in packs, which facilitates the maintenance of their population and the purity of the breed.

Originally, the dogs of this breed were used as hunting dogs for animals such as wild boar and deer, but because they are a very adaptable breed, they are now used as companion and guard dogs.

The size 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 the colors: dark brindle, gray brindle or red brindle.

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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 it's the German Spitz. These are small dogs used for company only.

They are 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, while females measure between 25 and 35 centimeters.

It is an intelligent, affectionate, obedient, companion and playful personality breed.

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7 - The Japanese Terrier

The japanese terrier, also known as Nihan or nippon terrier, is a breed descendant of the Shorthair Terriers brought to Japan by the Dutch Poles in the 18th century.

This is a very good breed to keep company and play with, and handles very well with children.

This is a small breed, with a height between 20 and 33 centimeters, and weighing between 2.3 and 4.1 kilograms. They have a short coat and are british and white or tricolor. And they have an affectionate, cheerful, watchful, zealous and active personality.

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8 - Japanese Spaniel

The japanese spaniel, also called Chinese, 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 intended for company, they have a long coat, usually black and white or red and white, and the tail is covered with hair.

They are intelligent, alert, loyal and loving dogs. They have a life expectancy of between 12 and 16 years and weigh between 1.4 and 6.8 kilograms.

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9 - Sakhalin Husky

The Sakhalin Husky it was formerly 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. Their fur can be of the colors: black, cream, russet and biscuit.

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10 - Akita Inu

Famous for the movies “Hachiko” and “Always by your side”, the Akita Inu is known for being a loyal, docile, calm, courageous, vigilant and companion dog. But because they are territorial dogs, Akita inu generally do not get along well with other dogs.

The Akita Inu is a large dog, measuring between 64 and 70 centimeters and weighing between 34 and 54 kilograms. Their coat can be white, sesame or red fur and they have a life expectancy of between 10 and 12 years.

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11 - Shiba Inu

Shiba has many similarities with Akita, the difference is 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.

We recommend reading the article about Shiba Inu and Akita Inu by clicking here. I hope you enjoyed the article, if you liked it share and leave your comments. Thank you and see you next time!

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