The Top 11 Japanese Dog Breeds That Will Blow Your Mind

Dogs come in all different shapes and sizes, but they share a lot of the same personality traits. These dogs will soon become your new favorite to learn about as well! Japanese dog breeds are also unique enough that you’ll want one for yourself- so read on if this sounds like something up your alley.

1. Shiba Inu

Japanese Dog Breeds Shiba Inu

Other names: Shiba Ken, Shobe, Brushwood Dog, Shinba Dog
Origin: Kyushu Island, Japan
Height: Approximately 14 to 17 inches
Weight: Approximately 22 pounds
Coat: Single or Double, moderate to heavy shedding when they blow their undercoat twice per year
Color: Red, black and tan, or cream
Litter size: 3 puppies on average
Life span: 13-15 years
Personality: Stubborn, confident dogs that need to be socialized at a very young age; tend to be reserved meeting new people and can be territorial
Hypoallergenic: No dogs are completely hypoallergenic, but this breed may cause more allergy symptoms than others due to it’s level of dander and moderate to heavy shedding
Chances of this breed being available in the U.S. as a pet: Good

Mind Blowing Fact

“Shibas are typically used in hunting, although they are also popular fluffy pets.”

About Japanese Dog Breed Shiba Inu

The Shiba Inu, also called the Shinba Dog (Japanese for “new dog”) is a breed of hunting hound known for its sharp eyes and keenness. It originated in Japan’s mountains on Kyushu Island which makes up most of their homeland. However, they can be found anywhere throughout this country with some variation depending upon where you find them. You may see black or brown fur coats varying slightly based off whether your furry friend has lighter underbellies patches at different locations across his or her body area.

The Shinba is a fairly new dog breed, only recently created by mixing together other breeds to achieve its desired traits. It was first created in 1948 in Nembutsu Machi in Miyazaki Prefecture by Kyuzo Shinba who was a Shin-Huzon breeder.

After the war, Shin Shinba wanted to create a smaller version of the Shiba Inu through mixing with other breeds such as the Hokkaido and the Tosa. Shin Shinba created several dogs by crossing Shiba Inus with these other breeds, all of which were called Shinba. All the Shinba dogs are now considered to be Shin-Shiba Inu, not Shinba.

Are Shiba Inu Hypoallergenic?

No dogs are completely hypoallergenic, but this breed may cause more allergy symptoms than others due to its level of dander and moderate to heavy shedding. Most Shibas have thick double coats, although single coated dogs exist as well. The most common Shin Shinba coat color is red, but black and tan coated Shin Shinbas are also fairly common. Shin Shinbas may also have white areas on their bodies, although this is not desirable according to the American Kennel Club (AKC).

More About Shiba Inu

The Shinba Inu was recognized as a breed of its own in 1954 and is currently registered as a native Japanese breed. In addition, Shinbas are still fairly rare, partially because of their smaller size and a history of being used as a breeding dog for Shiba Inus more often than as a breed on its own.

Interestingly, the Shiba Inu is a dog breed that has been classified as being of “dwarf” proportions – hence their Shin Shinba name. Shibas are not as large as normal sized dogs and have a squarer body shape with proportionately smaller limbs. They should stand between 12-15 inches tall and weigh roughly 20-30 pounds, Shin Shinbas being the larger of the two.

One feature that will help identify him or her easily are those curled tails! Shinbas are known for their kinked tails in both males and females.

Shibas are typically used in hunting, although they are also popular fluffy pets.

2. Shikoku

Japanese Dog Breeds Shikoku

Other names: Kochi-ken, Shikoku Ken, Japanese Wolfdog, Mikawa Inu
Origin: Shikoku, Japan
Height: Approximately 17 to 21 inches
Weight: Approximately 35-55 pounds
Coat: Thick Double Coat, moderate to heavy shedding when they blow their undercoat twice per year
Color: Red and black, black and tan, cream, sesame
Litter size: 4-6 puppies on average
Life span: 10-12 years
Personality: A very confident and brave breed, affectionate and loyal to their owners
Hypoallergenic: No dogs are completely hypoallergenic, but this breed may cause more allergy symptoms than others due to its level of dander and moderate to heavy shedding
Chances of this breed being available in the U.S. as a pet: Low

Mind Blowing Fact

“Although Shikokus have been relied on to hunt many different types of prey, they are still used in Japan nowadays as a hunting dog for wild boar and pheasants.”

About Japanese Dog Breed Shikoku

The Shikoku is a small, sleek dog with an excellent nose. They originated from the mountainous region of Japan and have been known for centuries to be a great hunting breed able to survive in harsh environments without any problems at all! The coat can come many colors including black & tan, cream or sesame, but mostly has red tones because that color represented power during olden times when people bred dogs this way.

Even more, this breed’s pointy ears are fuzzy and are somewhat similar looking to wolves.

The Shikoku is a very old breed and although it’s not known exactly when they were first bred into existence, there are some theories that the Shikoku might be the ancestor of all other Japanese dog breeds because of how close they look to Shiba Inu or even Hokkaido.

Are Shikoku Hypoallergenic?

No dogs are completely hypoallergenic, but this breed may cause more allergy symptoms than others due to its level of dander and moderate to heavy shedding. Luckily, their coat is easy to groom and Shikoku dogs shed moderately to heavy twice per year when they blow their undercoats.

More About Shikoku

Today, you will rarely find Shikokus outside of Japan where they are highly regarded as a rare breed. Shikokus were bred by hunters whose work required strong, agile and intelligent dogs who could take care of themselves in the wild for extended periods of time without any help from humans. Shikokus can work on their own but also adapt to working with people just fine.

Although Shikokus have been relied on to hunt many different types of prey, they are still used in Japan nowadays as a hunting dog for wild boar and pheasants. As such, this dog breed also needs to be exercised, so be prepared to give them a daily walk or run.

Despite being rare, Shikoku dogs are known to be good family companions, especially with children! Shikoku dogs’ light-weightedness makes them closer in characteristics to Spitz breeds than other Japanese dog breeds such as Shiba Inus (although Shikokus aren’t nearly as popular or available). The breed standards state that Shikoku dogs must be smaller than 23.6 inches and their weight should not exceed 44 pounds which is why Shikokus are seen as a good apartment dog type of breed!

Shikokus are very healthy, strong and sturdy non-sporting breeds and live on average 12-13 years of age, but can live even longer!

3. Kishu

Japanese Dog Breeds Kishu

Other names: Kishu-Ken, Kishu-Inu
Origin: Japan
Height: 17–22 inches
Weight: 30–60 pounds
Coat: Double coat, fuzzy and soft to the touch, moderate to heavy shedding when they blow their undercoat twice per year
Color: White, black & tan, red, sesame, white, brindle
Litter size: 3 puppies on average
Life span: 11-13 years
Personality: Fun, playful, lively, friendly, loyal, gentle
Hypoallergenic: No dogs are completely hypoallergenic, but this breed may cause more allergy symptoms than others due to its level of dander and moderate to heavy shedding
Chances of this breed being available in the U.S. as a pet:
Good

Mind Blowing Fact

“Kishus that live in homes with other small animals such as, rabbits or guinea pigs, will most likely want to hunt them.”

About Japanese Dog Breed Kishu

The Kishu is a small to medium-sized dog. They have an impressive ability to find and follow scents, making them excellent hunting dogs. This particular breed of dog is also very lively and friendly, making them fun companions and good family pets. The Kishu breed has fur which is fuzzy, and soft to the touch.  Kishus tend to be active, and this means they need significant amounts of exercise to keep them happy.

This breed are agile dogs, which makes it easy for them to jump over obstacles (such as fences) in their path. Kishus also enjoy playing with toys or other dogs.

The Kishu is a hunting dog and this means they have a very strong prey drive. Kishus that live in homes with other small animals such as, rabbits or guinea pigs, will most likely want to hunt them. Breeds which live in the same house as cats often wish to play with them by pouncing on them and chasing after them.

Are Kishu Hypoallergenic?

No dogs are completely hypoallergenic, but this breed may cause more allergy symptoms than others due to its level of dander and moderate to heavy shedding.

More About Kishu

Kishus are also known to bark frequently and are best suited for homes with larger animals or for families who are active and willing to exercise their dog every day. They’re very trainable dogs, which means they can be taught to control themselves in certain situations when they feel tempted to hunt an animal. They do this by following the Kishu’s nose to find something that smells more interesting.

Kishus are also very loyal dogs, which makes them wonderful family pets. Considered to be working breeds, they are not recognized as being pure-breed dogs in any major Kennel Clubs worldwide.

They share many similar characteristics with other breeds. Kishus can be compared with Karelian Bear Dogs and Hokkaido’s, in terms of their physical features and body language. This breed also has a lot in common with Finnish Spitz’s, when it comes to character traits such as being playful and agile.

4. Japanese Spitz

Japanese Dog Breeds Japanese Spitz

Other names: Spitz
Origin:
Japan
Height:
12 inches
Weight:
20–25 pounds
Coat:
Double coat, longer on head, shorter on body, and moderate to heavy shedding when they blow their undercoat twice per year
Color:
White, cream, brown
Litter size:
1-6 puppies on average
Life span:
Up to 15 years
Personality:
Loyal, brave, independent, stubborn, active, playful
Hypoallergenic: No dogs are completely hypoallergenic, but this breed may cause more allergy symptoms than others due to its level of dander and moderate to heavy shedding
Chances of this breed being available in the U.S. as a pet:
Good

Mind Blowing Fact

“Japanese Spitz grow up around the same time as other breeds, but they tend to act like puppies for longer than larger dogs.”

About Japanese Dog Breed Japanese Spitz

The Japanese Spitz is a medium-sized dog with lots of fur. They were originally bred to be hunting dogs, making them excellent at tracking game and pursuing it. These dogs, which are cousins to the Pomeranian, are very loyal and brave, but they are also independent and stubborn.

They aren’t the type of breed to sit around all day waiting for you to come home; they like taking part in your adventures even if that means sometimes getting lost!

Are Japanese Spitz Hypoallergenic?

No dogs are completely hypoallergenic, but this breed may cause more allergy symptoms than others due to its level of dander and moderate to heavy shedding. This breed sheds all year long, but their shedding is much worse during the Autumn months. Japanese Spitz grooming includes regular brushing and bathing when necessary.

The Japanese Spitz come in a variety of colors that often include white, cream, or brown. Most of the coats will be spitz-like; it will be longer on the head with shorter fur on its body. The coat, however, can have a different length depending on the areas in which it is being kept.

More About Japanese Spitz

They are great around children and other pets, but it will generally be best if they are the only dog in the home. The Japanese Spitz is an active breed that needs daily exercise to keep them from becoming destructive or hyperactive. They are an intelligent breed that is easy to train, but they don’t like being told what to do. A leader who will be patient and persistent with their training is required.

Japanese Spitz can live up to 15 years, so it’s important to have them trained before they go through adolescence. They experience growth at the same rate as other breeds, but they tend to act like puppies for longer than larger dogs.

Japanese Spitz are very friendly dogs that love everyone! They love children and other dogs too, meeting new people is never an issue with this breed. The Japanese Spitz loves to run around outside, but it should be done in a fenced-in area. Japanese Spitz are not outdoor dogs, they need to be kept indoors with their families.

They should have their nails trimmed at least every two weeks, this will keep them from splitting or cracking. Japanese Spitz can live in moderate climates, but they will have more energy in the cooler climates.

They’ll weigh between 20 and 25 pounds when fully grown, females will generally weigh slightly less and will usually grow to be about twelve-inches tall.

5. Hokkaido

Japanese Dog Breeds Hokkaido

Other names: Dō-ken, Ainu-ken, Seta, Ainu dog, Hokkaido-Ken
Origin: Japan
Height:
19-22 inches
Weight:
38–44 pounds
Coat:
Thick, fluffy, moderate to heavy shedding when they blow their undercoat twice per year
Color:
White, red, black & tan, brindle, black, sesame
Litter size:
4 puppies on average
Life span:
12-15 years
Personality:
Independent, demanding, affectionate and loyal to family, cautious of strangers, intelligent
Hypoallergenic: No dogs are completely hypoallergenic, but this breed may cause more allergy symptoms than others due to its level of dander and moderate to heavy shedding
Chances of this breed being available in the U.S. as a pet:
Good

Mind Blowing Fact

“Hokkaido’s have many unique characteristics such as their webbed paws, which help them stay on top of the snow.”

About Japanese Dog Breed Hokkaido

The Hokkaido is a dog that was bred for livestock and hunting. They were developed in Hokkaido’s cold and harsh climate, which is one of the main islands in Japan. They’re a very rare breed; therefore, many people have never heard of them. Hokkaido were once known as the Ainu dog before they became recognized as their own breed.

Their ears are floppy, and they have a beautiful tail that looks like an arrow. Hokkaido are a medium sized dog that is a bit smaller than most dogs. They look very elegant and move with ease. Hokkaido weigh around 38-44 pounds and stand at about 19-22 inches tall. Their many unique characteristics such as their webbed paws, help them stay on top of the snow.

Are Hokkaido Hypoallergenic?

No dogs are completely hypoallergenic, but this breed may cause more allergy symptoms than others due to its level of dander and moderate to heavy shedding .

This breed has a thick fluffy undercoat, perfect for keeping it warm due to its harsh climate. They sometimes have a short black coat with small white markings on their chest and legs. Hokkaido shed all year round, so they should be groomed often. They do not like wet conditions; therefore, Hokkaido should be kept inside with your family.

More About Hokkaido

Hokkaido are very difficult to breed, and also hard to train. They are very independent dogs that need constant attention to ensure their loyalty. Hokkaido bond strongly with their family members, but will not be friendly towards strangers unless they approve of them first. This breed should be socialized at a young age to prevent them from being timid or aggressive.

Hokkaido are very smart dogs, and they love to please their owners. They also require a lot of exercise, and can run for hours. As excellent watch dogs they can even be trained to do tricks and agility.

Hokkaido should not be left alone for long periods of time as they need a lot of attention. After all, they were bred to work hard for their families so they make excellent family dogs.

6. Tosa

Japanese Dog Breeds Tosa

Other names: Tosa Inu, Japanese Fighting Dog, Japanese Mastiff
Origin: Japan
Height:
24-32 inches
Weight:
80-135 pounds
Coat:
Short, dense, light shedding
Color:
Brindle, black with markings, red, tan, yellow, black and tan, black
Litter size:
6-8 puppies on average
Life span:
10-12 years
Personality:
Protective, intelligent, loyal, aggressive if not trained, stubborn, loving, playful, social, suspicious
Hypoallergenic: No dogs are completely hypoallergenic, but this breed may cause less allergy symptoms than others due to its level of dander and light shedding
Chances of this breed being available in the U.S. as a pet:
Good

Mind Blowing Fact

“Tosas may have earned an undeserving reputation as being dangerous or aggressive.”

About Japanese Dog Breed Tosa

Tosa’s origin is unknown, but some speculate Tosa could be descendants of the English Mastiff breed which originated in the British Isles. There’s also a theory Tosa might be descendants of the Tosa Ken which originated in Tosa, Japan. Tosa Ken is one of six original Japanese breeds.

Tosa has a great sense of smell which makes them excellent trackers and guards. When they’re hunting, they use tactics to scare prey into becoming unsteady before attacking them.

They are very loyal dogs, but they have a reputation of being aggressive which may not necessarily be true of the breed. This reputation has made it difficult for people to own this breed of dog as it is banned in some parts of the world for its reported temperament. The Tosa Inu’s loyalty and aggressiveness can be both a blessing and a curse for pet parents.

Many people consider Tosa Inus as the “ultimate guard dog.” Tosa Inus are not recommended for inexperienced pet parents. Owners must commit to properly training their dogs and make sure they’re treating them well at all times.

This breed are very large, robust dogs and their massive size has been a concern to pet owners throughout the years. These large protectors also need a lot of space and exercise too. Tosa Inus require a significant amount of training, and its important that their owners are committed to training them. They can become very aggressive if not properly trained, and they may lash out at people who make them feel scared or threatened.

Are Tosa Hypoallergenic?

No dogs are completely hypoallergenic, but this breed may cause less allergy symptoms than others due to its level of dander and light shedding.

More About Tosa

As mentioned above, Tosas may have earned an undeserving reputation as being dangerous or aggressive. They are also known for being loving, loyal family pets that are ideal watch dogs, they will protect their family to the end. They’ve been reported to be great for children and will play with them all day long.

Tosa are loyal companions to their human companions. They are strong-willed and can be stubborn at times, it often takes years of patience for Tosa owners to train them properly. This breed is known to be very intelligent dogs, and tend to bark at strangers or people they do not know.

Tosa are very loving to their family and are known to be exceptional around children who are raised with them or grew up with Tosas as part of the family. They are also one of the simplest breeds to train, they’re not hyperactive and do well without a large amount of exercise.

This breed doesn’t like to be left alone and will suffer from separation anxiety if they must spend too much time by themselves. Tosa can live 10-12 years with the proper care of their family.

7. Japanese Chin

Japanese Dog Breeds Japanese Chin

Other Names: Japanese Spaniel, Chin
Origin:
Japan
Height:
9-10 inches
Weight:
8-11 pounds
Coat:
Single coat, medium length, soft and silky, little shedding
Color:
White, apricot, cream
Litter size:
1-5 puppies on average
Life span:
Up to 15 years
Personality: Independent, intelligent, lap dogs, playful, cuddly, protective, gentle, affectionate
Hypoallergenic: No dogs are completely hypoallergenic, but this breed may cause less allergy symptoms than others due to its level of dander and light shedding
Chances of this breed being available in the U.S. as a pet:
Good

Mind Blowing Fact

“Japanese Chins are not good swimmers due to their physique.”

About Japanese Dog Breed Japanese Chin

The Japanese Chin is a small dog that looks regal and luxurious. They are often called the “Japanese Pekingese.” While independent and intelligent, these dogs are excellent watchdogs that will defend their territory if someone gets too close!

They have beautiful white fur that is soft to the touch. These dogs also come in two other coat colors: apricot and cream. Their ears are large and have long fur that often covers their eyes. Japanese Chins have large eyes that have an narrow almond shape.

The Japanese Chin is one of the oldest Japanese breeds. Japanese art from as far back as AD 200 depicts small, delicate dogs. Japanese Chins are known to be gentle, affectionate, and playful companions. They’re also lap dogs. They love to cuddle and sleep with their owners whether it’s on a couch, bed, or even the owner’s office chair!

Japanese Chins should weigh between 8 and 11 pounds and should measure between 9 and 10 inches tall at the shoulder. They can live up to 15 years if cared for well.

Are Japanese Chins Hypoallergenic?

No dogs are completely hypoallergenic, but this breed may cause less allergy symptoms than others due to its level of dander and light shedding. Japanese Chins have a medium long coat that needs to be brushed once a week. This breed is good for allergy sufferers as they don’t shed fur very much if at all. They need to be bathed every month or two, and their nails should be trimmed every couple of weeks.

More About Japanese Chins

As long as they get to go on a few walks a day, this breed can live in an apartment. Japanese Chins have been bred as companion animals that can live in small apartments because they are known to be quiet and easy going. They’ll sleep for about 14 hours a day and typically don’t need large spaces or yards because of their size. They are also are good with other companion animals.

Japanese Chins typically love colder climates and don’t do very well in warm temperatures for long periods of time. They have heavy fur coats that can become too hot when the weather is particularly warm out. Japanese Chins are not good swimmers either due to their physique.

Most are calm dogs that do not require much exercise indoors because they can get their daily activity needs met with little walks around the neighborhood. This breed will run off, so owners are encouraged to keep them on a leash or in a fenced yard at all times. They’re also pretty picky about their potty areas.

Good with children creating much needed intellectual stimulation, Japanese Chins can live in homes with them, but the dogs should be properly trained not to bite.

8. Japanese Terrier

Japanese Dog Breeds Japanese Terrier

Other Names: Mikado Terrier, Oyuki Terrier, Nippon Terrier, Nihon Terrier
Origin:
Japan
Height:
8-13 inches
Weight:
5-10 pounds
Coat:
Dense, short hair, smooth, shiny, light shedding
Color:
White, tan, black
Litter size:
5-7 puppies on average
Life span:
12-15 years
Personality:
Affectionate, playful, loving, friendly, lively, loyal, active, intelligent
Hypoallergenic: No dogs are completely hypoallergenic, but this breed may cause less allergy symptoms than others due to its level of dander and light shedding
Chances of this breed being available in the U.S. as a pet:
Good

Mind Blowing Fact

“Japanese Terriers are very active both indoors and outdoors and do best when they have a job to do, such as hunting small prey because it makes them feel useful.”

About Japanese Dog Breed Japanese Terrier

The Japanese Terrier is a small to medium-sized dog that originated in China and was later brought to Japan. This dog is a working dog and was bred as a hunting dog. Japanese Terriers are very agile and active, as well as courageous. They’re active, smart, and loyal dogs that make great companions!

Are Japanese Terriers Hypoallergenic?

No dogs are completely hypoallergenic, but this breed may cause less allergy symptoms than others due to its level of dander and light shedding.

More About Japanese Terriers

Japanese Terriers are perfect for someone who is looking for a low-maintenance companion. They love to be around people and they will do best in homes where they can spend lots of time with their owners! They’re also easy to train because they are very smart dogs.

This breed needs early socialization so that they can be around other dogs and people. They can tend to be a little aggressive with bigger dogs or wild animals, so they should not live in a home with any of these types of animals.

Japanese Terriers are very active both indoors and outdoors and do best when they have a job to do, such as hunting small prey because it makes them feel useful. They love an active lifestyle and should exercise by walking or running every day. Japanese Terriers have an average life span of 15 years.

9. Kai Ken

Japanese Dog Breeds Kai Ken

Other Names: Kai, Tora Dog, Nihon Ken
Origin:
Japan
Height: 17-22 inches
Weight:
25-55 pounds
Coat:
Soft, medium length, double coat, moderate to heavy shedding when they blow their undercoat twice per year
Color:
Black brindle, red brindle and brindle
Litter size:
3 puppies on average
Life span:
14-16 years
Personality:
Curious, intelligent, affectionate, active, protective
Hypoallergenic: No dogs are completely hypoallergenic, but this breed may cause more allergy symptoms than others due to its level of dander and moderate to heavy shedding
Chances of this breed being available in the U.S. as a pet:
Good

Mind Blowing Fact

“Kai Ken have a distinct brindle color pattern, which is believed to be the reason why Japanese people chose the Kai Ken breed as their national symbol.”

About Japanese Dog Breed Kai Ken

The Kai Ken is a medium to large-sized dog. They originated from Hokkaido, Japan and were bred as hunting dogs. These dogs were designed to be very intelligent, which allowed them to adapt to Hokkaido’s harsh climates quickly. They even survived the winters without much protection, making them very resilient dogs!

These dogs are excellent hunters that often work in pairs or packs with their family members to catch prey together.

Are Kai Kens Hypoallergenic?

No dogs are completely hypoallergenic, but this breed may cause more allergy symptoms than others due to its level of dander and moderate to heavy shedding.

The Kai Kens fur is short and dense, but it has a wonderful texture that makes it as soft as possible for dogs of this size. Kai Kens also have stockings on their forelimbs that are usually the same color as their coat. Their faces can sometimes be completely black or completely white. Kai Kens can often change colors throughout their lives, which is why it’s important to pay attention to the breed standard when deciding if Kai Kens are right for you.

Kai Ken have a distinct brindle color pattern, which is believed to be the reason why Japanese people chose the Kai Ken breed as their national symbol. Kai means “river” and ken means “dog” in Japanese, so Kai Ken literally means “River Dog.”

More About Kai Kens

This breed is very loyal to their family, which makes them great companion dogs. They are intelligent, loving, active dogs that want to be part of your family! Quite affectionate, they are dogs that enjoy being around kids and other pets. But, this breed can be very protective of their family.

They love to play outside and are smart and athletic. Although they are active outside, but they do make a great house pet as well. It is important for this breed to get lots of exercise daily!

Kai Kens fare very poorly in hot climates because they tend to overheat easily, so they need lots of water and shade when it is hot outside. This breed loves cold weather and snow!

10. Akita

Japanese Dog Breeds Akita

Other Names: Akita Inu, Japanese Akita, Japanese Mastiff
Origin: Japan
Height: 24-28 inches
Weight: 60-92 pounds
Coat:
Thick, double coat, low to moderate shedding except heavy shedding when they blow their undercoat twice per year
Color:
White, black, brown
Litter size:
7-8 puppies on average
Life span:
10 years
Personality:
Intelligent, loyal, confident, friendly, playful
Hypoallergenic:
No dogs are completely hypoallergenic, but this breed may cause more allergy symptoms than others due to its level of dander and moderate to heavy shedding
Chances of this breed being available in the U.S. as a pet:
Good

Mind Blowing Fact

“Don’t be fooled by the cuteness of this breed; it would be best to keep them in check because they can be very aggressive and destructive if not trained properly.”

About Japanese Dog Breed Akita

The Akita is a large powerful dog breed with a thick, fluffy coat. Also called the Japanese Mastiff, they are happy to be your family and home’s watchdog. But they usually don’t bark incessantly. They need a fair amount of exercise, so a nice big yard to patrol is just perfect for them. As such, they would not do well in small homes, like apartments.

Despite their size, they are very fast and agile, making them excellent hunting dogs. The Akita are smart and active, but they can also be lazy and stubborn.

Are Akita Hypoallergenic?

No dogs are completely hypoallergenic, but this breed may cause more allergy symptoms than others due to its level of dander and moderate to heavy shedding.

Their coats are mostly white, with some black or brown spots on their chest and legs. And, their heads are flat with dark brown or black fur around their eyes and chin.

More About Akita

Don’t be fooled by the cuteness of this breed; it would be best to keep them in check because they can be very aggressive and destructive if not trained properly. They can be trained to be good family pets as they tend to have a patient, mild temperament.

Akitas love their people and will protect them from strangers, so training is important starting when they are puppies. They also tend to not play nicely with other dogs, so plan to keep them at home and away from dog parks.

11. Sakhalin Husky

Japanese Dog Breeds Sakhalin Husky

Other names: Karafuto Ken
Origin: Japan
Height: 22-26 inches
Weight: 66-88 pounds
Coat:
Thick, double coat, heavy shedding year round and even more when they blow their undercoat twice per year
Color:
White, black, brown
Litter size:
Unknown; nearing extinction
Life span:
12-14 years
Personality:
Loyal, loving, active, resilient, intelligent
Hypoallergenic:
No dogs are completely hypoallergenic, but this breed may cause more allergy symptoms than others due to its level of dander and heavy shedding
Chances of this breed being available in the U.S. as a pet:
Not good. This rare breed is on the verge of distinction. Read more here about how Exxon is trying to help the cause.

Mind Blowing Fact

“Sakhalin Huskies are nearing extinction.”

About Japanese Dog Breed Sakhalin Husky

The Sakhalin Husky is a very resilient breed of dog originating from Siberia, one of the coldest places on earth. Many people have often been unable to care for this breed which has caused a lot of Sakhalin Huskies to be abandoned at animal shelters. In fact, Sakhalin Huskies are nearing extinction.

Although they aren’t the most popular of breeds, and their populations are dwindling, they are strong and known to be excellent hunting dogs. Their main prey is bear and deer, so they have been bred to have strong jaws and able bodies to fight prey larger than them.

Most weigh between 45 to 60 pounds and stand about 20 inches high at the shoulder. Males tend to be a bit bigger than females.

Are Sakhalin Huskies Hypoallergenic?

No dogs are completely hypoallergenic, but this breed may cause more allergy symptoms than others due to its level of dander and heavy shedding.

The Sakhalin Husky has a dense coat making it a good choice for protection from the cold. Their coats are double-coated, meaning that there’s a soft undercoat that keeps them warm while an outer coat protects them from harsh weather conditions.

More About Sakhalin Huskies

Sakhalin Huskies are a very loving, loyal and active breed. They make great companions and need a family that can give them enough exercise as they can be very energetic. The breed requires a lot of food and are not really suitable for most people to have as pets.

They’re highly intelligent which means they need a lot of exercises and mental stimulation. Sakhalin Huskies are best suited for experienced owners with lots of time who can provide them with all of the activities they need to keep them healthy and happy. This breed is best suited for experienced owners who are looking for an active dog.

Conclusion

No matter what type of Japanese dog breed listed here, we’re confident that adding many of these breeds to your family would make for a happy home. What’s not to love? The undeniable cuteness factor alone should be enough reason!

If you’re looking for other hypoallergenic breed information for your family besides Japanese dog breeds, check out our article The 7 Best Hypoallergenic Dog Breeds for Families With Allergies.

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