8 Japanese Dog Breeds

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1. Shiba Inu

Perhaps the most well-known Japanese dog breed, the Shiba Inu is small but agile, originally bred for hunting. They have a spirited personality, fox-like appearance, and are known for their loyalty and independence.

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2. Akita Inu

Famous for epitomizing loyalty, the Akita Inu is a large and powerful dog breed with a noble and intimidating presence. They were originally used for hunting large game and are deeply loyal to their families.

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3. Kishu Ken

This breed is known for its hunting ability, loyalty, and reserved nature around strangers. Kishu Kens are medium-sized, with a strong build and often have a white coat, though they can also be found in brindle or red.

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4. Shikoku

Medium-sized and originally bred for hunting boar in the mountainous regions of Shikoku, this breed is agile, alert, and loyal. Shikokus have a wolf-like appearance and are known for their spirited nature.

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5. Japanese Chin

The Japanese Chin is a small, aristocratic breed known for its distinctive expression and elegant demeanor. They were originally bred as companions for nobility and are known for their cat-like behaviors, including agility and a preference for resting on high surfaces.

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6. Japanese Spitz

Resembling a small white fox, the Japanese Spitz is known for its fluffy white coat, alert expression, and friendly personality. They are companion dogs, valued for their intelligence and loyalty.

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7. Hokkaido

The Hokkaido dog is a sturdy, medium-sized breed known for its loyalty, bravery, and ability to withstand cold temperatures. They are excellent hunters and have a strong bond with their family.

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8. Sanshu

Less known outside of Japan, the Sanshu is a medium-sized, calm, and friendly breed. They were originally bred as guard dogs and family companions. Sanshus have a distinct appearance, with a bear-like face and a calm demeanor.

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