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How to Choose a Japanese dog?

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Posted on October 06 2018

Dogs of Japanese origin have a lot of qualities. If you intend to adopt one, here is an overview of their specificities that will help you make your choice.  

Many of the Japanese breeds are Spitz . Akita, Hokkaido Ken and Shiba are among them, but Japan has produced breeds of many other types. The Chin, the Japanese Terrier and the Tosa also show their great abilities in different fields.

Akita Inu: unlimited loyalty

Spitz-type dog, the Akita Inu is an ancient breed , originally from Akita prefecture. He was traditionally bred for big game hunting.
It descends from the Akitas Matagis , which was used as a fighting dog from the 17th century.
Attentive and attached to his master, the Akita Inu is nonetheless a dog with a strong character.
He is a very good companion, rescue and hunting dog.

American Akita: the big cousin

The Great Japanese Dog ( American Akita ) also descends from the Akitas Matagis. It was crossed with the Tosa and the Mastiff, hence its larger size compared to the Akita Inu.
This Akita is said to be American because it was imported to the United States after the Second World War to be developed there. Independent and calm, he is a vigilant watchman and barker.

The Japanese Spaniel: the salon dog

Small dog, he was the favorite pet of the Japanese nobility . Its Japanese name "  Chin  " also means "royal".
Elegant , cheerful and lively, he appreciates children and is less enthusiastic about strangers, without becoming aggressive.

Hokkaido Ken: courage and adaptability

A primitive Spitz-like dog, the Hokkaido ( Ainu Ken or Hokkaido Ken ) is courageous , jovial and often shows great ability to adapt to his environment .
Powerful and with thick fur, he enjoys hunting big game on the most difficult terrain. He is also a pleasant company and an excellent guardian.

The Sakhalin Husky: enduring and precious

As its name suggests, the Sakhalin Husky ( Karafuto Ken ) originates from the island of Sakhalin, long a subject of tension between Japan and Russia.
This large Spitz is a tough and sturdy sled dog , but unfortunately more and more rare .
He is also to his advantage in hunting and guarding.

Kishu Inu: the calm hunter

Also known as Kishu Ken , this medium-sized Spitz is a hunter-born that fits perfectly in his role as a pet dog. It is less comfortable in small spaces, such as apartments.
Happy without being agitated, he is appreciated for his great calm , that he displays as much at home as in hunting action.

Shiba Inu: small and very bright

Of mountain origin and very old, the Shiba is a small athlete who gives himself without counting.
Strongly built despite its small size, this Spitz is an excellent hunter of small game coupled with a pleasant companion on a daily basis.

The Shikoku: thoughtful, but stubborn

The  Shikoku  is distinguished by this impression that it gives to take the time to analyze  each situation.
This does not prevent him from being  stubborn , but that advantage when he tracks the big game. It must be  socialized  early.

The Japanese Terrier: pleasant to live

A descendant of the smooth-haired Fox Terrier , the Japanese Terrier ( Nihon Teria ) is always in a jolly mood.
Particularly pleasant to live, it gets along very well with children and other dogs.
On the other hand, it is not suitable for people with domestic rodents. He was raised for the hunt for pests.

The Tosa Inu: the quiet force

A formidable fighter in the past, the Tosa is now a very calm and balanced dog, although its Dogue- like constitution gives it a deterrent effect .
Courageous, loyal and barking, he is an excellent guard and defense dog who will not hesitate to protect his family.
It is nevertheless appropriate for a master who knows how to manage and socialize from an early age, so as not to be exceeded when he becomes an adult.

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