Ainu Dog

Owned by Katarzyna Jablonska
at the Wikimedia Commons

Image by Midori
at the Wikimedia Commons

Owned by Katarzyna Jablonska
at the Wikimedia Commons

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Ainu Dog
Shita or Seta

Bred by indigenous people of Hokkaido, to hunt bear and deer.. The Hokkaido-Inu was designated a natural monument by the Japanese in 1937


Life Expectancy
This breed can live as long as 11-13 years of age

Weight & Height
45-65 Pounds & 18-22 Inches

Known Health Problems
None Known

Physical Description
Medium size dog that has small, triangular dark brown eyes, a black nose and small erect ears. They sometimes can have spots on the tongue. The chest is wide and deep and the tail is curled over the back.

Alert & stubborn dog.. Used primarily as a compaion and watchdog in Japan, they are a very vocal dog. They can have aggressive tendancies with other dogs. The Hokkaido-Inu is rarely seen outside of its homeland of Japan.

Difficult to train due to its being stubborn.

Living Conditions
Not an apartment dog.

Moderate, Brush and comb daily

Moderate exercise needs.

Coat Texture
Outercoat is harsh & Straight and the undercoat is soft and dense

Coat Colors
Brindle, Black, Red, Black/Tan, White or Sesame, Gray


Continental Kennel Club
American Pet Registry
Fédération Cynologique Internationale
National Kennel Club


If you have a GOOD quality photo of a Hokkaido-Inu like the ones posted..
you are welcome to send them into us for consideration for our page..
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Hokkaido-Inu Breeders

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