7 Most Beautiful Japanese dog breeds

Japan is one of the countries that have good ancient roots for dog breeding.  In fact, dog breeding has been practiced for over many years in Japan. Over the time, over seven distinct breeds of Japanese dogs have been cautiously bred and refined for purity, beauty, and other anticipated traits. These seven original Japanese dog breeds include the Japanese Akita, Shiba, Shikoku, Kai Ken, Kishu, Chin, and Hokkaido. The Tosa is another popular dog in Japanese history, although it is not considered to be one of the original seven Japanese dog breeds.


Japanese dog breeds Akita

Of all the Japan dog breeds, it is the Akita dog breeders are known more. Technically, it is called the Akita Inu, and is occasionally considered to be different from the American Akita. The Akita Japanese dog breed is a huge dog with very thick fur and a variety of colors. The dog breed is known for being loyal, kind, and full of life. Akitas make good family pets and relate well with kids, although they do need to stay long outside.

  • Life Span: 10 to 13 years
  • Nature: Loyal, kind & full of life
  • Size: 24 to 28 inches (60–71 cm)
  • Weight: avg. 70 to 130 lb (31–59 kg)


Japanese dog Shiba inu

While the Japanese Akita dog breed is the largest of all Japanese dogs, the Shiba is the smallest. Both its fur and its body share the same traits as Akita. Shiba dog breed is short and thick. The dog is usually bred for hunting. Shibas must be kept on chains or they may try and race for something and run away. Their dispositions are confident, smart, and a bit independent. They should be trained while young so they don’t become too rebellious. Shiba is also very loyal dog breed to their owners.

  • Life Span: 13 to 16 years
  • Nature: Confident, Smart & independent
  • Size: 13 to 17 inches (33–43 cm)
  • Weight: avg. 17 to 23 lb (7–11 kg)


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The Japanese Shikoku dog breed is, size-wise, halfway between the Japanese Akita and Shiba. That is the largest and smallest Japanese dog breeds respectively. The dog breed is hairy and also of medium length. Japanese Shikoku dog breed is quite lively, agile, tough, and energetic. If you are looking for an outdoor dog, they could be a great choice. They are more compliant than some of the other Japanese dog breeds and have a reputation for learning things fast.

  • Life Span: 10 to 12 years
  • Nature: Lively, agile, tough & full of energy
  • Size: 17 to 22 inches (43–56 cm)
  • Weight: avg. 35 to 55 lb (15–25 kg)

Kai Ken


Japanese dog breed Kai Ken

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The Japanese Kai Ken dog breed (sometimes called the Kai) is a very uncommon breed, even in Japan. The dog breed is the purest and oldest of all the oldest Japanese dog breeds. Kai Ken is a national monument for Japan. The dog breed is a medium-sized dog with coarse, medium length hair and a dark colored black or deep reddish coat. The Japanese Kai Ken is known for being sociable, brave, clever, and alert. These dogs are very obedient to their owners, and also known for hunting, which makes them good guard dogs.

  • Life Span: 12 to 15 years
  • Nature: Intelligent, agile, alert & brave
  • Size: 18 to 22 inches (45–56 cm)
  • Weight: avg. 25 to 55 lb (11–25 kg)



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The Japanese Kishu dog breed is similar to but older than, both the Shibu and the Akita. The dog breed is one of the most lovely and clever breeds of traditional Japanese dogs. They have thick, short, white hair and are medium in shape and muscular in stature. Bold, strong, and active, the Kishu has a history for good hunting. They are very faithful to families and are instinctually drawn to one person or one family once they learn who their owners are.

  • Life Span: 11 to 13 years
  • Nature: Brave, devoted, loyal & faithful
  • Size: 17 to 22 inches (43–55 cm)
  • Weight: avg. 30 to 60 lb (14–27 kg)



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This Japanese dog breed has two coats. Hokkaido has short thick hair and long thick hair.  They   are exceptional and valued breed among Japanese dogs. The double-coat also makes it very suited with cold climates region. Hokkaido Japanese dog breed are natural hunter. They have the ability to fight off bears and are very protective of its owners. Raise Hokkaido puppy with your kids, they will be very good companion.


  • Life Span: 12 to 15 years
  • Nature: Loyal & faithful, brave, devoted
  • Size: 18 to 20 inches (45–51 cm)
  • Weight: avg. 44 to 66 lb (20–30 kg)

Japanese Chin

Japanese Chin

The Japanese Chin dog breed is a happy dog with a superb coat. They love everyone and relate well with other pets and dogs. This Japanese dog breed can be a good watchdog and likes older, respectful kids. They do not need a lot of exercises so they are ideal for smaller apartments or houses.

The approximate adult size (usually two years old) of the Japanese Chin dog breed is 7 to 11 inches to the withers and up to 9 pounds. There are two classes of Japanese Chin dog breed Japanese Chin dog breed. One is under 7 pounds and the other over 7 pounds.

  • Life Span: 10 to 12 years
  • Nature: Playful, loving, nobel
  • Size: 8 to 11 inches (20–28 cm)
  • Weight: avg. 7 to 11 lb (3–5 kg)



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