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Ainu Dog

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Ainu Dog

The Ainu Dog (aka Hokkaido Dog) is a thin yet muscular dog. This member of the Japanese Spitz breed is rarely seen outside of Japan. The head is triangular and fox-like. There is a distinct stop and a straight nose. The ears are held erect and are slightly forward. The eyes are somewhat small and are dark brown. Some have black spots on their tongues with some having a completely black tongue. The tails curl in the typical Spitz fashion. This breed has straight and lean forelegs, with muscular hindquarters that are covered with a double coat. The coat of this breed is long and stiff with the undercoat being soft fur. Colors include red, white, black, tiger, sesame and wolf-gray.

Temperament The Ainu Dog is a fearless and determined hunter, watchdog and guardian. At the same time, this breed is loyal and well-behaved. They are intelligent and learn very quickly. This canine is extremely courageous for its size and willing to attack a 650 pound bear. Yet, it is still a gentle and obedient companion. It has an innate sense of direction and can return to its master no matter what the distance. As with the typical Inu-type dog, they can be headstrong, stubborn and dog aggressive. They are good with children if they are raised with them. Without proper socialization, guests in the home and a simple trip to the vet could be very dangerous. This breed needs a very experienced owner.
Height, Weight Height: 18-22" ; Weight: up to 45-65 lbs.
Health Problems There are no known genetic diseases with this breed.
Living Conditions The Ainu Dog is not recommended for apartment living. They do best with a large yard. Their double-coat will protect them from harsh temperatures.
Exercise This breed needs regular exercise to stay in shape. If a yard is not available, then a long daily walk will do.
Life Expectancy About 11-13 years
Grooming The Ainu's harsh and double coat needs weekly brushing.
Origin The Ainu Dog was named after the Ainu tribe. The Ainu brought the Spitz-type dog with them over 3000 years ago. As the Ainu were pushed into the island of Hokkaido by an influx of Japanese people, their dogs gradually became restricted to this island. The dog's alert and suspicious nature lent itself to the required roll of village guardian and little has changed over the years. This breed is probably the oldest of the Japanese breeds. Though it was later re-named the Hokkaido Dog, it is still better known as the Ainu Dog. Many in this breed still have the blue-black tongues, which may suggest a distant relationship with the similarly tongued Chow Chow and Chinese Shar-Pei. The Ainu Dog is recognized by the UKC.
Group Northern