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Nihon Teria

Nihon Teria

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Breed Organization
United Kennel Club
Native Country
Other Names
Japanese Terrier, Nippon Terrier, Nihon Terrier, Kobe Terrier, Mikado Terrier
Life Expectancy
Approximately 9 - 11 Years
Litter Size
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Breed Group
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).

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.

This vigilant, lively, cheerful dog is a very affectionate pet.

Generally a very robust breed.

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.


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