In this article, we will get to 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 manner, 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.- 1. - 2. - 3. - 4. - 5. - 6. - 7. - 8. - 9. - 10.
1 - Shikoku Inu - The dog from the Kochi region
The Shikoku Inu it is a dog from the Kochi region in 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 puppies tend to be docile and loving towards their owners. They also tend to get along well with children, as long as they are used to living with them from a young age, otherwise they may behave a little aggressively.
The Shikoku Inu is a medium-sized dog, males measure between 49 and 55 cm in height and weigh between 16 and 25 kilos. Their life expectancy is between 10 and 12 years. Their coat generally has the colors: red sesame, black sesame and sesame. This breed has an intelligent, cautious, energetic, agile and courageous personality.
2 - Hokkaido Inu - The dog from 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, Hokkaidos adapt well to mountainous regions, which is why they were used for hunting large animals like the brown bear.
Dogs of this breed have a docile, courageous, alert and faithful personality. An interesting characteristic of this breed is that they have an excellent sense of orientation, being able to return alone if they lose 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 in black, white, black and cinnamon, sesame or red.
3 - Tosa inu - The fighting dog
Result of the crossing of western races with the Shikoku Inubreed dogs Tosa are known to be fighters. This is the largest breed of Japanese origin, weighing between 45 and 90 kilos and can reach 60 centimeters in height.
These dogs generally don't like strangers very much, but he gets very attached to family members and can be a great watchdog for your home.
This breed has a spoiled, intelligent, sensitive, aggressive and courageous personality. Its coat is short and in black, fawn, brindle or red.
4 - Kishu Inu - The oldest breed in Japan
Kishu is one of the most active breeds we know, at least 3000 years old. It received 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 for hunting 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 kilos. 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.
5 - Kai Inu - The pack dog
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 into packs, which facilitates the maintenance of its population and the purity of the breed.
Originally dogs of this breed were used as hunting dogs for animals such as wild boar and deer, but because it is a very adaptable breed, they came to be 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.
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 companionship 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 a race of intelligent personality, affectionate, obedient, companion and bong.
7 - The Japanese Terrier
The Japanese Terrier, also known as Nihan or Nippon Terrier, is a breed descended from the short-haired Terriers brought to Japan by the Dutch in the 18th century.
This is a very good breed for company and play, and it handles children very well.
This is a small breed, with height between 20 and 33 centimeters, and weighs between 2.3 and 4.1 kilos. They have a short coat, with white and tricolor colors. And they have an affectionate, cheerful, vigilant, viracious and active personality.
8 - Japanese Spaniel
The Japanese Spaniel, also called Chin, it is the ideal breed of dog for those who live in cities, as they have the reputation of being a silent dog.
This is a small breed intended for the company, their coat is long, usually black and white or red and white, and the tail is covered with fur.
They are intelligent, alert, loyal and loving dogs. 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 it 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. Their hair can be of the colors: black, cream, russet and biscuit.
10 - Akita Inu
Famous for the films "Hachiko" and "Always by your side", 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 with other dogs.
The Akita Inu is a large dog, measuring between 64 and 70 centimeters and weighing between 34 and 54 kilos. Their coat can be white, sesame or red-haired and have a life expectancy between 10 and 12 years.
11 - Shiba Inu
Shiba has many similarities to 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 have written an article to talk about these two breeds.
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