The 13 Common And Rare Dog Breeds Of Japan

When asked to name a type of dog that comes from Japan, most people answer the Shiba Inu or Akita. However, those are only 2 of 13 unique Japenese dog breeds around today that come from the country known for their arts, cuisine, and architecture.

Dogs that originate from Japan are known as some of the most out-going, smart, snazzy, and well-behaved dogs around, and today we are talking all about them.

In this article, you’ll meet the Japanese Husky, known for their big coat and rarity. We’ll give you the lowdown on the Shiba Inu whose recent internet popularity is making them a dog on everyone’s want list.

When you’re looking for a new dog, you’ll definitely want to research dogs that come from Japan, so how about we do that now!

A Word On Japnese Dog Terminology

In a moment, you’re about to see a lot of dogs with term “Inu” and “Ken” in their names like the Shiba Inu or the Kai Ken.

However, this doesn’t mean that all dog breeds with “Inu” or “Ken” are similar or share a bloodline. Both Inu and Ken mean dog in Japan.

Another term you’ll commonly come across in our article is Foundation Stock Service (FSS).

If you see a dog breed with this term, it means that while they are not an officially recognized breed by the AKC due to their rarity, the breed is considered the foundation of an unofficial/unique breed.



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