Here you will find a list of dog breeds native to Japan.
Photo by Zack Sophro

Shiba Inu

Origin: Japan
Colors: Red, black, tan, sesame
Size: Small
Type of Owner: Novice (but confident)
Exercise: Moderate
Grooming: Little
Trainability: Slightly difficult to train
Combativeness: Can be a bit dog-aggressive
Dominance: High
Noise: Not a barker

Photo by © Julie Vu

Kai Inu

Origin: Japan
Colors: Brindled black, brindled red, brindled red-black
Size: Medium
Type of Owner: Experienced
Exercise: Daily
Grooming: Little
Trainability: Easy to train
Combativeness: Not generally dog-aggressive
Dominance: High
Noise: Average barker


Image credit: Paivi Reijonen

Akita Inu

Origin: Japan
Colors: Any
Size: Large
Type of Owner: Experienced
Exercise: Needs lots of exercise
Grooming: Regular grooming necessary
Trainability: A bit difficult to train
Combativeness: Very dog-aggressive
Dominance: High
Noise: Does not bark much

Breed video: Akitas


Photo credit: Wikimedia

Hokkaido Inu

Origin: Japan
Colors: Red, white, black, sesame, brindle, fawn
Size: Medium to large
Type of Owner: Experienced
Exercise: Daily
Grooming: Regular
Trainability: Easy to train
Combativeness: Tends to be dog-aggressive
Dominance: High
Noise: Average barker


Photo by © Akasha Tsang

Kishu Inu

Origin: Japan
Colors: White, red, sesame
Size: Medium
Type of Owner: Experienced
Exercise: Daily
Grooming: Weekly
Trainability: Easy to train
Combativeness: Not generally dog-aggressive
Dominance: High
Noise: Not a barker


Photo by Bigsteeve

Shikoku Inu

Origin: Japan
Colors: Sesame, black and tan, cream
Size: Medium
Type of Owner: Experienced
Exercise: Daily
Grooming: Weekly
Trainability: Easy to train
Combativeness: Tends to be somewhat dog-aggressive
Dominance: High
Noise: Not a barker



Photo by Ludivine HOUDAS

Tosa Inu

Origin: Japan
Colors: Red, brindle, fawn
Size: Large
Type of Owner: Experienced
Exercise: Daily
Grooming: Occasional
Trainability: Easy to train
Combativeness: Tends to be somewhat dog-aggressive
Dominance: High
Noise: Not a barker



Back to Dog Breeds.