At A Glance

Size: Medium

Weight: 45 - 65 lbs.

Height: 18" - 22 "

Life Span: 15 years

Ainu Dog

Also know as: Hokkaido, Seta, Shita

Group: Working

Origin: Ancient Japan

Today's Role: Companion Dog, Sled Dog, Guard Dog

History and Facts: Probably the oldest of the Japanese breeds, the Ainu Dog is known for being a big-game hunter and the village guardian. Designated as a Natural Monument in 1937.

Temperament / Behavior
Brave and loyal, the Ainu Dog is a good watchdog.

Breed-Related Health Concerns
Excellent health record. No known hereditary conditions.

Special Needs
Exercise: Regular moderate exercise.

Grooming: Regular brushing is required for your Ainu Dog.


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