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Hokkaido Dog

Ainu dog, Dō-ken, Ainu-ken, Seta


The Hokkaido is a medium sized, spitz type breed that has strongly developed secondary sex characteristics. It is well balanced, sturdily built and strongly boned. The breed is capable of withstanding severe cold and heavy snowfall. Its tough, clean cut muscles give it great stamina.

The breed is known for fidelity to its owner, bravery, and the ability to withstand the cold, among other traits. It has an innate sense of direction and smell, and can therefore return to its master no matter how great the distance. Temperament will vary depending on the lineage and region of upbringing. They are good with children if they are raised with them from puppyhood and/or properly socialized. Children should be taught how to display leadership skills, and the dog should be taught to respect the child.

Size Medium
Height 18-22 inches (46-56 cm)
Weight 45-65 pounds (20-30 kg)
Lifespan 11-13 years
Colors Black Black and Tan Brindle White
Origin Japan
Classification Purebred
Good Lapcat
Good In Apartments

The Ainu Dog is not recommended for apartment life. It is moderately active indoors and will do best with a large yard. They can live outdoors, for their warm coats protect them from the cold.

Good With Children

Good with Kids: This is a suitable breed for kids and is known to be playful, energetic, and affectionate around them. It is also friendly toward other pets.

Good With Dogs

Good With Cats

Exercise Needs


Moderately Easy Training: Training won't require too much attention and effort, though it won't be easier than other breeds. Expect results to come gradually.



Grooming Requirements

The harsh, straight, double coat of the Ainu Dog should be brushed and combed on a regular basis.


Moderate Maintenance: Grooming should be performed regularly to keep its fur in good shape.



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