Hokkaido Inu Breed

Searching the traits of a dog breed before adopting it into your home is so smart. You will learn much from my summary of the Hokkaido dog. Pure breeds or a mixed breed, traits of this canine are unique.

Please consider adopting a dog, cat or any other animal from the hundreds of rescue sites available to everyone.  You will be giving a second chance to an animal and gaining so much in return. I mention only 2 sites for your convenience, however suggest you seek out your local shelters and humane societies as well as you journey to find your pet.  He is waiting for you.  “RED” stands for rescue every dog and can be found on the following website:  http://www.rescueeverydog.org  Another trusted site is:  http://www.theanimalrescuesite.com  A special thank you to wikipedia, The American Kennel Club and http://www.dogbreedinfo.com for assisting me in show casing the Hokkaido Inu breed.

Hokkaido Inu photo courtesy wikipedia

Japan is the country of origin for the majestic Hokkaido.  The Ainu dog could possibly be the oldest Japanese breed, which is a Spitz, rarely seen outside Japan. Other names and nick names this breed is associated with are:  Do-ken, Ainu-ken and Ainu Dog.

Weight ranges between 45 and 65 pounds with a height 18 to 22 inches tall.

This breed is not recommended for apartment or urban living unless a large yard is available for this moderately active dog. Daily walks are also needed.  The strong muscular structure and thick coat protect them from cold elements, so can easily remain outdoors some of the time.  With the demeanor of this breed, human dominance is vital. Even though the dog might seem docile and meek, a pack leader is necessary to enjoy this dog breed as a family pet.

Grooming should begin as a puppy to introduce hygiene to your Ainu with weekly brushing.

Colors of this Spitz class dog are:  sesame, wolf gray , red, white, brown or brindle. 

Temperament is suspicious and alert, making this a trusted watch dog. Early introduction of the Ainu to children in the family is needed for social interaction to be safely accomplished. The hunting abilities suggest the need for confinement as a pet since the working abilities will take over if left to roam free with other animals and dogs as well.

Physical characteristics include a blue black tongue or some spots which might hint of a family trait connecting them with the Chow Chow and Shar Pei dogs.   The thin, sturdy body of Ainu dogs is majestic in their form which has a regal look. History of the bravery of this dog is impressive as well.  So often this breed will be willing to take on a much larger and more formidable animal than themselves with great courage. It has been reported  that they would be willing to approach a 650 pound bear with attack on their mind. It actually goes up the back of the bear to sink a jaw full of teeth in the Bear’s neck until it succumbs to the blow.  Loving qualities abound in this canine for acceptance as a child loving, obedient, intelligent family member.

Looking at the  small eyes, you immediately see the diamond shape which create an unusually focused look.  The small, sturdy, upright, triangular ears add a definite strength to the head as well. Some slight fringing of fur can be seen on the front a back legs along with around the neck and chest areas.   Strong , muscular hind quarters with a curled tail held over the back complete the look of the Do-Ken dog breed.

The Ainu has been used as a sled dog, a scenting hound along with being trained for defence areas too. The impulsive, quick gait avails this dog to be direct in their focus at work.  Loyalty, being well behaved and determined are also added to the attributes of this well rounded canine for a pet and service too.  Your Shika-Inu, medium sized dog has a keen sense of direction so will always return to the pet owner no matter what that distance might be for a journey.

You can expect to have your loyal, loving pet for 11 to 15 years.

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User Comments
  1. deep blue

    On February 13, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    Another great dog breed with the signature eyes of a Japanese no doubt it originated from Japan. Well done post, Rob.

  2. willie wondka

    On February 13, 2010 at 5:43 pm


  3. chellsy

    On February 13, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    i like the dog.great article

  4. joyhyena29

    On February 13, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    great post^^

  5. Inna Tysoe

    On February 13, 2010 at 9:45 pm

    Another good one.



  6. PR Mace

    On February 14, 2010 at 12:37 am

    I hadn’t heard of this breed. Good information.

  7. wonder

    On February 14, 2010 at 3:26 am

    Good information.

  8. nobert soloria bermosa

    On February 14, 2010 at 3:29 am

    cute dog…the eyes look like Japanese too…lol

  9. fishfry aka Elizabeth Figueroa

    On February 14, 2010 at 3:35 am

    I love dogs, and would love one, but not at the cost of my marriage. I care for dogs, and dog sit. I donate and so what I can. Great post and totally so awesome

  10. qasimdharamsy

    On February 14, 2010 at 10:07 am

    this is really nice one…

  11. Sourav

    On February 14, 2010 at 10:24 am

    I liked the information. Good one.

  12. Priyanka Bhowmick

    On February 14, 2010 at 3:02 pm

    very sober breed…friendly article as always… good to read u after a long time :)

  13. papaleng

    On February 15, 2010 at 3:50 am

    Ah! I learned something new today, now I can distinguish A Hokkaido Inu dog from other dog breeds.

  14. sambhafusia

    On February 15, 2010 at 5:37 am

    nice share..interesting and new msg..thnx for sharing..

  15. giftarist

    On February 15, 2010 at 6:33 am

    A good looking dog – nice post!

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