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The 3 Most Popular Japanese Dog Breeds

12 Jan, 2023

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Japan is an ancient country that has become famous for its natural beauty, cutting-edge technology, anime, delicious cuisine, and sometimes wacky inventions! Over their long history, Japan has also seen some incredible dog breeds come out of their country. Before continuing into the article, can you think of what may be the most famous Japanese dog? Now, without further ado, here are the 3 most famous dog breeds from Japan.

3. Japanese Spitz


Japanese Spitz

The Japanese Spitz is a relatively new dog breed but has become increasingly popular over the years due to its great personality and overall even temperament. While cute and friendly toward people, they also make surprisingly good watchdogs. Their bark is extremely loud compared to their size, and they have the desire to be alert and protect their family. Even though they are small, the Japanese Spitz has plenty of energy and will need some exercise daily. Taking them for a walk is a great way to burn off their energy, but they will especially enjoy going to the dog park. They get along very well with other dogs and enjoy socializing and playing with fellow canines. Their fun-loving, active personalities will make them very fun to be around and will always put a smile on the faces of everyone around them. Don’t be surprised when your doggo steals the spotlight in every social setting!

2. Akita


Akita Dog

The history of the Akita began in the 1600s, and their main tasks were guarding royalty and nobility in feudal Japan. They were also known to have been used for hunting wild boar and deer. Needless to say, this 70-130 pound dog is incredibly powerful. Very interestingly, the first Akita brought to America was by Helen Keller. The Japanese were very fond of her and gave her an Akita puppy as a parting gift after she visited the country. The Akita does not get frightened easily and does not typically bark without reason, which makes them fantastic guard dogs. Once your Akita is adequately trained, it will shower you with endless amounts of affection and will be the most loyal dog you could have asked for. 

1. Shiba Inu


shiba inu Dog

The Shiba Inu is an ancient Japanese breed originating over 2000 years ago. Despite nearly going extinct in World War 2, the breed recovered and is now quite popular worldwide and undoubtedly the most famous Japanese dog breed. The Shiba was originally used for hunting small animals in mountainous regions, making them highly nimble, agile, and alert. The high prey drive can certainly still be seen in these pups today. Make sure you have a good hold on their leash because the Shiba will be ready to chase after any small animal that scurries by. Training these dogs is not always easy, as they are independent thinkers and will not always want to listen to commands. This is not to say that Shibas aren’t highly intelligent. They simply prefer doing things on their own terms. The Shiba Inu is known to be a healthy breed and usually lives for around 15 years. The oldest known Shiba died at the age of 26 in 2011 and was the oldest living dog at the time!


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