The Japanese Terrier is a small sized breed, believed to be a descendant of the pointers, fox terrier varieties as well as the dog breeds indigenous to Japan. Characterized by a square-shaped body, smooth glossy coat, wide forehead, well-defined muzzle, high set ears that is folded forward, deep chest, black nose, oval-shaped eyes as well as a thin tail, this breed is covered with black hair all over his head along with a fully white body along with black spots, giving it a unique appearance. These rare breeds, common to Japan, serves as an excellent companion dog because of its lively nature.
|Other names||Nipon terrier, Nihon teria, Nihon terrier|
|Nicknames||Mikado terrier, Kobe terrier, Oyuki terrier|
|Coat||Short, fine, glossy, slick, smooth, dense|
|Color||White and tan, black and tan, black|
|Group||Terrier, Rare dog|
|Lifespan/ Life Expectancy||10-12 years|
|Behavioral Characteristics||Lively, affectionate, spirited, intelligent|
|Good with children||Yes but not very small kids|
|Shedding (Does it shed)||Low-moderate|
|Competitive Registration Qualification/Information||DRA, ACA|
The history of the Japanese Terrier dates back to the 1600s when they were believed to have been developed by crossing the breeds (German Pinscher, Smooth Fox Terrier) brought along by the Dutch and English traders with the local canines. Some opine that they were initially used to hunt vermin and gradually became a companion dog. However, in due course of time, they developed into exclusive lap dogs particularly along the ports of Yokohama, Nagasaki, and Kobe. Kuro, a male Japanese Terrier, born in 1916, that was an English Toy Terrier- Bull Terrier cross is regarded as the founding stock of this breed. Selective breeding began in the 1920s, and it attained recognition by the Japanese Kennel Club in 1930. Its numbers declined devastatingly after the Second World War, and at present, it is not much popular outside its native land. However, its fanciers in Europe are gradually picking up, with the UKC and FCI having acknowledged it. The Japanese Terrier is not a part of the Japanese Spitz group unlike breeds such as the Akita and Shiba Inu.
This lively, spirited, affectionate and energetic breed is a great lap dog loving to be cuddled and petted by its family. They are suited for households where someone of the other would be present to cater to its needs. Leaving it alone for prolonged periods might make it bored as well as destructive.
They are wary and cautious about any unknown face entering into their premises and may bark to intimate the owner about the same. They would get along well with children though older ones are preferable over younger kids, as the little ones could indulge in handling the small dog roughly resulting in any injury.
They would also share a good rapport with dogs of their size, though interacting with larger ones could pose a problem. However, some of them develop a unique inclination towards their master and may get possessive if he shows his affection to other pets of the family.
The Japanese Terrier is not a good option for homes with noncanine pets as they may have an urge to chase them.
Though training the Japanese Terrier would not be difficult it needs a firm master to handle it well.
Feed your Japanese Terrier good quality dog food along with nutritious homemade diet.