Breed Organization United Kennel Club Website: http://www.ukcdogs.com Native Country Japan Other Names Japanese Terrier, Nihon Terrier, Nihon Teria, Kobe Terrier, Nippon Terrier Life Expectancy Approximately 9 - 11 Years Litter Size No Information Available Breed Group Terrier
Breed Appearance The Japanese Terrier is a balanced, square dog, most often black head with predominantly white body that has little black spots,
its ears are high set and fold forward, and the coat is short, slick and fine. Its tail can be docked.
Breed Description Breed Description Head: Small. Flat skull. Stop not pronounced. Straight nose bridge. Tight, thin lips. Ears: Set on high, small, thin leather, v-shaped, dropping forward. Eyes: Medium size, oval. Dark color. Body: Compact. Strong neck without dewlap. Chest well let down. Ribs well sprung. Strong loin. Belly well tucked up. Short,
firm back. Strong, slightly sloped croup. Tail: Moderately thin, docked to the third or fourth vertebrae. Hair: Very short (2 mm) (0,008 in), smooth and thick. Coat: Tri-color : tan and white with black head; white with black markings and black and tan spots on the body. Size: Approx. 30 to 33 cm (11,8-13 in). Weight: 3 to 4 kg (6,5-8,8 lb).
History The Japanese Terrier was developed in the eighteenth century in the region around Kobe and Yokohama from Terriers
(particularly the Smooth Fox Terrier) that had been imported from England. The Smooth Fox Terrier was crossed with
local breeds, producing a breed with finer lines. Type was fixed around 1930 and the breed was recognized in Japan
in 1940. The Japanese Terrier almost disappeared during World War II, and today is rare outside of Japan.
Behavior This vigilant, lively, cheerful dog is a very affectionate pet.
Health Generally a very robust breed.
Advice The Japanese Terrier can adapt to life in the city but needs plenty of exercise. The breed does not handle cold well. Regular
brushing is required.