Japan is known for its reverence for animals and dogs are no exception. many of the native breeds in Japan have been designated as national treasures Japanese dogs are special not only in their homeland but across the world some of their traits extend back centuries and have created very specific physical characteristics but this same rich history has led to some of the most loyal and courageous dog breeds find anywhere. Here are the most popular Japanese dog breeds list.

1. Akita Inu

Akita inu

The Akita Inu is a thousand-year-old Japanese dog breed but it has changed in different respects over this time this powerful yet beautiful dog has been employed in various working dog guises but is possibly know best known as a companion dog. These Japanese dogs generally have a very strong personality but also a tendency towards shyness socialization from the puppy stage is imperative they do not bark for no reason so pay attention if you hear them vocalizing the Akita Inu is often thought of as a single Guardian dog but they can be an excellent very friendly and family dog in the appropriate circumstances but they are kind of suspicious towards strangers and other animals because of that they are great protectors guard dogs and watchdogs. These dogs are particularly faithful and devoted proof of this can be found in the story of Hachiko the most faithful dog in the world

2. Shiba Inu

Shiba Inu

The Shiba Inu very similar dog to Akita. This dog breed is one of six endemic to Japan and one of the few which dates back to antiquity although it is a much smaller dog they are friendly very active faithful but at times can be somewhat shy. Shiba Inu considered one of the oldest dog breeds in the world they were originally raised to hunt they are independent and strong-willed dogs that require a good amount of training. Shiba Inu are loyal, affectionate, and housebreak but Shiba Inu can be aggressive with other dogs. Shiba Inu just like Akita is a very protective and loyal dog and they are very territorial as well Shiba’s are not that large as Akitas but they are more energetic.

3. Shikoku


These dogs come from Shikoku Island which is a region full of mountains. These dogs are tough and versatile but they are also extremely independent which makes them hard to train this is not a dog for novice dog owners and formerly used to hunt large animals such as wild bears or deer. It is similar to the Shiba Inu although noticeably larger it is considered a medium-sized dog that is very active agile and energetic but faithful all the while. Shikoku are the brave, loyal, ideal companion for active outdoor people very energetic and active outdoors. Shikoku are also very smart but unlike Akita and Shiba they are very rare in Japan nowadays. Shikoku are smart and incredibly independent this makes them hard to train they are very rare even in Japan.

4. Hokkaido


Hokkaido is a rare Japanese dog breed it is not recognized by the American Kennel Club and hardly ever seen outside of Japan these dogs are said to be named for an ancient tribe that introduced the breed’s ancestors to Japan. Hokkaido is an extraordinary hunter which is very muscular he’s not only a hunter he can also protect and you will probably never find Hokkaido outside japan or it’s very rare but he’s also very rare inside Japan. It is a medium to a large-sized dog with a robust and strong musculature particularly in the haunches it is believed to have originated in China but this is hard to tell when your lineage goes back 3,000 years. They’re included in the Spitz category of breeds they’re very active easy to motivate and intelligent dogs they also stand out for their loyalty. Hokkaido is brave, can withstand cold weather, innate sense of direction & smell fearless, and devoted but these breeds can be aggressive quickly.

5. Kishu Inu

kishu inu

Kishu ken has been around for thousands of years and was originally used for hunting headstrong but loyal. Kishu Inu has remained the local dog of the region which has borne its name for hundreds of years although it is not commonly found in the West in antiquity its coat showed a range of bright colors after the passage of time, the most common are white beige and black. They have a can character with a docile predisposition provided they’re given daily exercise company and affection. They have a strong prey drive that can live with cats have socialized with them as puppies Kishu Ken need good training and can be shy in 1934 the Kishu ken was designated as a living memorial of nature in Japan. Kishu Ken is friendly, courageous, brave, loyal, devoted, and intelligent. But these dogs may cause some fights to show dominance.

6. Tosa Inu

Tosa inu

Tosa Inu was originated on Shikoku Island in Tosa Bay. The Tosa nickname the Japanese Mastiff is the largest of the Japanese dog breeds. The history of the Tosa Inu is relatively short compared to other Japanese breeds. It was established in 1848 by crossing bulldog, Mastiff, German Bracco, and great dance breeds. This working dog is known for its athletic abilities during World War two these massive warriors nearly went extinct originally bred to fight the Tosa is a very protective, brave, strong energetic, and faithful dog and makes a great guard dog sadly it has also been used as a fighting dog. These dogs are excellent watch dog and powerful but it’s ideal for first-time owners aggressive with other dogs and not ideal for families and kids.

7. Japanese Spitz

japanese spitz

It’s a descendent from the Siberian Samoyed there are small dogs with a long white coat bred specifically as companions. Japanese Spitz also descends from a variety of spits dog introduced to Japan around 1920 although fairly quiet the Spitz often used barking as an alarm whenever detecting a presence in their home unlike breeds close to them such as the Samoyed or American Eskimo. The Japanese Spitz is little known. Japanese Spitz is a family dog who loves human attention and is eager to pleased when they start doing something they do on 100%. Japanese Spitz is an active, loyal, affectionate watchdog and ideal for older people and for children but Japanese Spitz can prone to excessive barking.

9. Kai Ken

Kai Ken

Kai Ken is related to the Japanese Spitz. This ancient hunting dog is part of the country’s national heritage Kai ken was originally a wild dog from the province of Kai on Honshu Island. They were used for searching boars. The breed was not introduced to the United States until the 1990s less independent than some of the other Japanese dog breeds although it is not as common in Japan as some they are especially intelligent and active very loyal devoted to his family they are also great guard dog since they don’t like strangers very much but have a tendency to be sociable but they’re a very rare breed.

10. Japnese Terrier

Japnese Terrier

Japanese Terrier it’s a rare and little-known breed which are descendants of smooth-haired Fox Terriers that were brought to Japan from the Netherlands in the 17th century. It’s a small short-haired lap dog but jovial and cheerful they are especially active and playful with their Guardians. Japanese terriers are a cheerful, great watchdog and great family companion but Japnese Terrier needs to be clothed in winter.

11. Japanese Chin


 This breed is not exactly from Japan even though his name is Japanese it’s believed that they were originated in China or Korea but it was Japanese people or Japanese aristocracy that made them very popular anyway they were oftentimes given as a gift to foreign diplomats and Japanese aristocracy and nobility. Japanese chin is one of the many flat-faced toy breeds that was a popular member of Chinese and Japanese Imperial courts as far back as 1500 years ago his fans today laud him as playful mischievous smart and affectionate. but these breeds can prone to breathing problems.

  1. Sakhalin Husky 

Sakhalin Husky scaled

 Sakhalin husky very loyal dog from Sakhalin island he loves to work and wants to be around his people it’s natural alert intelligent and independent dog it is doing great and family with a small child or other dogs as well the after world war ii huskies were killed massively causing a decline in their population and they are almost extinct today but breeders are trying to save this beautiful breed as you can see most of the Japanese dogs are very independent and strong-minded and they are not a great choice for novice dog owners

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