Japanese Terrier

Grooming Needs
Exercise Needs
Good With Dogs
Watchdog Ability


The Japanese Terrier originated as a result of interbreeding of local small dogs, resembling the Levrette (Italian Greyhound) and smooth-coated fox terrier who were brought to Japan by the Dutch in the early 18th century. Systematic breeding work started only in the 30's of the last century. The “father” of this breed is considered the dog named Kuro from the Kobe region.

This dog is also known asNihon Terrier and Nippon Terrier. The Kennel Club of United Kingdom recognized the breed in 2006. It is also recognized by the FCI and the Japan Kennel Club.

Nowadays, it is popular not only in Japan, but also in the USA and Europe, where puppies for sale are sought by many celebrities.

Physical characteristics

The Japanese Terrier has a compact body, covered with short, dense fur. The coloration may be a combination of tan, white and black, black and tan or black and white. The height of the representatives of the breed is about 30-33 cm and weight 3-4 kg. The head has flat cheekbones, high, dropping ears and dark colored eyes and nose. The neck is strong, and the tail is often docked.

Character and behavior

These dogs are cheerful, energetic, playful and loyal. They are very attached to their owners, always in need of their company.

Usually, Japanese Terriers are gentle and nice, but from time to time they may show hyperactivityand chase small animals like squirrels. Still, the favorite pastime of your pup will be sitting in your lap. These dogs are also abundant, possessing the traits of a perfect companion.

Training and education

The Japanese Terrier is a very intelligent animal who learns easily and can be trained even from people without experience in growing dogs. It needs consistent and positive, but also very kind methods of education. You should train your puppy firmly and frankly. Harsh and stronger methods are not recommendedfor this small, nice dog.

Health problems

The representatives of this breed are distinguished by good general health, but during the colder periods of the year they can suffer from frostbite. Their eyes and ears are prone to some infections, which, of course, can be avoided by regular cleaning and visits at the veterinarian's office. The average life expectancy is between9 and 11 years, but some Japanese Terriers can live up to 15 years, especially with proper care and balanced diet.

Grooming and care

The Japanese Terrier is clean, calm dog with very short hair and without any smell, easily grown and is specially designed for tight living conditions of big cities in Japan. The grooming is very easy, just brush the hair once or twice a week and bathe only when it is needed.

Children and other pets

These Terriers gets along perfectly with children and other pets in the family. Of course, like most terriers, these dogs could chase rodents, guinea pigs, etc. Some dogs may be aggressive towards strangers and even bark when someone new come to the door.

Interesting facts

Although this highly athletic dog has manifested itself as a wonderful retriever on land and water, as well as an excellent companion, its popularity decreased. Fortunately, Japanese vets founded a society whose purpose is the preservation of the Japanese Terrier.

Breeders managed to create the tiny Japanese Terrier although most terriers are standard in size.

These dogs were not very popular in their country of Origin until the end of World War II. But when the peaceful times came back to Japan, many people wanted a tiny companion that doesn't require a lot of care and maintenance.