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Japanese Terrier

Though a little less on the popularity meter than most of its other terrier mates, the Japanese Terrier is no less when it comes to pleasing its family with its cheerful, lively nature. The black head, sitting against an all-white body, teamed with folded ears and expressive eyes, is enough to make it synonymous to cuteness.

Though a terrier, they were out-and-out a lap dog, and do not have the history of chasing rats or foxes.

Breed Characteristics

  • Other Names:Nippon Terrier, Nihon Terrier, Nihon Teria, Mikado Terrier
  • Colors:Black and white, Tri-color
  • Life Expectancy:12 – 15 years
  • Height:9 – 13 inches
  • Weight:5 – 9 pounds
  • Temperament:Cheerful, lively, active
  • Good with Kids:Yes
  • Exercise requirements:Moderate
  • Hypoallergenic:No
  • Litter Size:4 – 7 puppies
  • Barking Capacity:Moderately less
  • Health Problems:Hip dysplasia, patellar luxation, ear infections, eye problems
  • Trainability:Easy
  • Origin:Japan
Japanese Terrier Dog
Japanese Terrier Puppy

Japanese Terrier’s History: Timeline


    Japanese Terrier’s ancestors were brought to Nagasaki by the Dutch


    Selective breeding of the Japanese Terries began


    The Japan Kennel Club recognized it


    Recognized by the FCI


    Recognized by the UKC (United Kennel Club)


Your dog would not have too much of a demand when it comes to exercise. Yet, that does not mean “no play at all.” It would feel good when taken out on a 20-minute walk daily. Make fair use of your free time and play with it as much as you can when indoors to keep it in good shape physically and mentally. Leash it when taking it out lest it could get into a chasing mode.

The Japanese Terrier finds it challenging to adjust in extreme heat or cold conditions, so do not take them out then.

Its smooth and short coat does not need rigorous grooming. Brush once a week and bathe when the need arises using a vet-approved shampoo. Do not miss out on cleaning its ears with a damp cloth and regularly checking the eyes for any infections. Brushing its teeth and trimming its nails is also a mandate.

Good-quality dry dog food having adequate amounts of protein and carbohydrates would ensure complete fitness. While going for foods available in the pet stores, you may choose ones like Diamond Naturals , and Blue Buffalo.

You would not have to toil too hard in training these dogs since they are intelligent enough to respond well to training. Be gentle and keep encouraging them through praises, pats, and other rewards. They can associate commands with actions fast. So, obedience training would be a lot easier. Socialize the puppies to make them understand that not all strangers are good; neither are all unfamiliar faces harmful. Teach the dogs to wear a leash to keep a check on their chasing instincts when you take them out.

Nippon Terrier
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