Japanese Terrier

Other names : Nippon, Nihon, Mikado, Oyuki

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Life expectancy

The Japanese Terrier has a life expectancy of between 12 and 14 years




Adult size

Female Between 12 and 13 in
Male Between 12 and 13 in

Adult weight

Female Between 9 and 11 lb
Male Between 9 and 11 lb
Coat colour
Black White Brown Red
Type of coat
Eye colour
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More details about the Japanese Terrier

Japanese Terrier: Origins and history

You’ve probably already figured it out by now, but the Japanese Terrier originates from Japan. It’s believed that the breed descended from Smooth Fox Terriers in the 17th century, which supposedly travelled to Japan with Dutch sailors. The breed was initially commonly used to hunt vermin, but quickly gained popularity as a companion dog due to its warm, friendly and loyal nature. Fast forward to 1930, and the breed was finally recognized by the Japanese Kennel Club.

FCI classification of the Japanese Terrier

  • Group 3 - Terriers

  • Section 2 : Small sized Terriers

Training a Japanese Terrier

Thankfully, the Japanese Terrier is very easy to train due to its great intelligence and calm nature. However, because the breed is highly sensitive, it’s important to remember to keep training sessions positive and avoid harsh criticisms -  this dog will never forget!

Japanese Terrier: Purchase price

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