Japanese Dog Breeds

Karafuto Ken (Sakhalin Husky)

Karafuto Ken

The Sakhalin Husky, also known as the Karafuto-ken, is all but extinct. The breed comes from Sakhalin (known in Japanese as Karafuto), a large island in the Sea of Okhotsk, just north of the northernmost Japanese island (Sakhalin is part of Russia). The indigenous people of the island include the Ainu, most of which relocated […]

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Japanese Spitz (Nihon Supittsu)

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Kai Ken

Kai Ken

The Kai Ken is a medium sized breed that is related to the Spitz type dog. It is a national treasure of Japan, where it was bred to hunt deer. The Kai is a rare breed, and is also known as the Tora Inu (Tiger Dog).

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Shikoku Inu

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The Shikoku Inu is another of Japan’s shika-inus (medium sized dogs), much like the Kai and Kishu. Like many other Japanese breeds, the Shikoku was bred for hunting. These are mountain dogs and are slightly smaller in stature than the Kai and Kishu. The Shikoku is also called the Kochi-Ken, after the Kochi prefecture.

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Tosa Inu

Tosa Inu

Breed: Tosa Inu Description: The Tosa Inu is a large mastiff-type dog, bred for fighting. Their coat is short and dense, and comes in several colors, including red, fawn, apricot, black and brindle. Many have black masks and some have white on their chest and feet. When you look at a Tosa Inu, you should […]

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American Akita

American Akita

The American Akita is considered a separate breed from the Akita Inu (Japanese Akita) in many countries around the world, with the notable exceptions of the United States and Canada. In the US and Canada, both the American Akita and the Akita Inu are considered a single breed with differences in type rather than two separate breeds. Note that in 2005 the FCI-designation Great Japanese Dog was officially changed to American Akita.

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Kishu Inu

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The Kishu Inu is a medium size dog that is related to the Kai Ken. Kishu Inu are national treasure of Japan, and only solid colors are accepted. These dogs are popular family pets in Japan.

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Hokkaido Inu

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The Hokkaido Inu, also known as the Ainu dog, is considered to be one of the oldest and purest of the medium-sized Japanese dog breeds. While it’s origins are sketchy, it’s history is strongly tied to the Ainu people who settled in Hokkaido nearly a millennium ago. Hokkaido often have black spots on their tongues […]

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