The Akita, also called akita inu and akita ken (秋田犬, literally "Akita dog"), is a breed of dog native to Japan.
The Akita is a large dog that can weigh up to 60 kilos. Massive and sturdy in appearance, his physique is reminiscent of that of the Shiba Inu in large format. The Akita Inu has a strong temperament but is gentle and attentive to the household members. Although not very demonstrative, he is very devoted to his master which makes him most of the time exclusive. As a result, he is an efficient guard dog that must be controlled when facing visitors because he will do anything to defend his home! It is not for everyone and is not suitable for an inexperienced master, indeed, although very intelligent, it can be difficult to train because of its distrustful and independent character.
This very old breed was originally a small game hunting dog, he is often compared to his cousin the akita; medium-sized, the Shiba Inu measures about 40 cm and weighs about ten kilos. Often cream-colored (known as sesame), Shiba Inu are also found in black and tan, red, or sesame-colored dogs with a red or black tinge. The presence of lighter areas on the muzzle, cheeks, neck, chest and belly is required by the breed standard. The Shiba has the particularity of being an independent dog while being affectionate and loyal. However, their education can be complex and their training must be firmly carried out. They are often not very sociable with other dogs.
The origins of the Japanese Spitz are controversial. Some say that they share common ancestors with the Samoyed, with whom they closely resemble, while others say that they are more likely descendants of the great German Spitz introduced to Japan in 1920. This magnificent white Japanese dog was first shown in 1921 at the Tokyo dog show. Since then, its popularity has continued to grow in Japan and around the world.
Indeed, the Japanese Spitz is a very affectionate, intelligent and cheerful dog. Close to their owners, they are naturally distrustful of strangers and good guardians. His education must be both gentle and firm and his early socialization.
Once a deer hunter, the Kishu is now a boar hunter. It takes its origins from ancient Japanese dogs and its name from the mountainous regions of Kishu. Very popular in Japan and little known in the rest of the world, it was classified as a "Natural Monument" in 1934.
The Kishu is a sporting dog that needs to exercise a lot. Dignified, faithful and very affectionate, they need a master who is available and who will know how to train them with gentleness and patience. Although very alert and good guardian, the Kishu is a calm dog that does not bark often or for nothing.
The Hokkaidu Inu is a medium-sized or large Japanese dog, a strong dog with straight, sturdy extremities. Its lineage is thought to have originated in China, although nothing is 100% certain as the origin of this breed goes back 3,000 years.
They are very active dogs that need several walks a day and physical activity. If they don't exercise enough, they can put on a lot of weight, this is something to take into account if you want to adopt a Japanese Hokkaido Inu dog. His ideal weight is between 20 and 30 kg.
The most common color of its coat is beige, although the color range can be very wide in this breed of Japanese dog.
UThis gentle giant, which can weigh up to 70 kilos, has an extraordinary character. Calm, patience, courage, discretion and loyalty are among the many qualities of this dog originally used for dog fights. Given the power of the Tosa Inu, its master will have to learn how to channel and socialize it from an early age.
The history of the Tosa inu is relatively short. The Tosa Inu is the result of crossbreeding between the Bulldog, the Great Dane and the Saint Bernard.
The snout of the Tosa Inu is medium sized, slightly elongated and usually has a black nose. The ears are small in relation to the size of its head and eyes, which are also small and earth brown with garnet tones. It is a really beautiful dog and impressive by its size.
Known under different names as the SAKHALINA HUSKY.
The Sakhalin Husky, also called Sakhalin Island Dog or Karafuto-ken (Karafuto being the Japanese name for Sakhalin Island, and "ken" being one of the Japanese words for dog), is the only sled dog native to Japan. It was not until the 20th century that the Sakhalin Husky was identified, but its origin may go back much further.
This breed of dog is considered endangered, although there are still a few breeders in Japan.
The Sakhalin Husky is not standardized. Indeed, this dog being intended for a well-defined use (sled dog mainly, but also guard dog or hunting dog), a standardization of the breed would end up defining the animal by its appearance, and no longer by its use.
The Shikoku Ken, also called Kochi dog or Kochi Ken, takes its origins from ancient Japanese dogs from the mountainous region of Kochi. Bred mainly to hunt wild boar, this medium-sized dog had three varieties from three different breeding regions: Awa, Hata and Hongawa. The latter, which is fairly remote, kept the purest bloodlines. The Shikoku was declared a Natural Monument in 1937.
Agile, energetic and enduring, the Shikoku is a skilled hunter. In fact, it is almost exclusively used for this role in Japan. They are also good companion dogs whose boundless energy must be channeled through many outings and sporting activities.
This little Japanese dog, also called "Chin", is very gentle, cheerful and sometimes mischievous. Close to its masters, it can be suspicious of strangers. Intelligent, he likes to learn and please his master. Well applied, its education and socialization do not pose any problem. Not very athletic, he lives very well in an apartment provided of course that he is out several times a day.
The origins of the Japanese Spaniel date back to 732 when according to some it was offered by China to the Emperor of Japan and for others by the Koreans and then spread to China and North Korea. This small Japanese dog with big, crisp eyes was the "luxury" guest of the Imperial Palace where it warmed the bosom of the women of high society. He then went on to England in the 17th century.
It is a modern dog created in western Japan by crossing a smooth-haired Fox Terrier, a black and tan English Toy Terrier and the now extinct English White Terrier. Initially, these were rather risky breedings, but a group of breeders became interested in the breed, which later became established and was recognized by the Japanese Kennel Club.
The Japanese Terrier is a lively and cheerful dog that loves to play. In fact, he is a tireless playmate for the children in the family. Close to their owners and very intelligent, they love to learn.
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