Japanese Terrier



The Japanese terrier is a small and sturdy dog who has a lot of energy. This is a dog that will amaze you by the beauty that it possesses. It is square in size and has small ears that are pointed, similar to those seen in the fox. The mouth has a strong jaw that can be used to grind tough food. This dog has a complete dentition and the teeth meet in a scissors bite, the perfect dentition of a hunt dog. The Japanese terrier has well developed front and back legs which are straight and this result to a flat and level top line for the dog.


The most characteristic thing about this dog is that it has a short, smooth and glossy skin coat that looks stunning when viewed, especially in the backdrop of soft sunlight. The most common of the color coats include white which may have markings of black or tan. The average weight of the Japanese terrier is about 5-9 pounds and their height stands at 8 – 13 inches.


The energy that the Japanese Terrier possesses is unmistakable. It is ever playful, jovial and lively. The Japanese terrier loves to play. If you have active children, this is one of the best dogs to have in the house. It is however recommended that the children ought to be of age to be able to assert their command to the dog and the dog to listen. This dog loves attention and is very loyal. It is therefore quick to make friends with other dogs. This dog requires constant attention and cannot be left alone in the yard.

Daily exercise for the Japanese terrier is a must to ensure that the behavior problems common with them are maintained at a minimum. Lack of sufficient exercise causes the dog face numerous behavior problems as these dogs have the urge to migrate in their build. This dog is also quite intelligent and this makes training quite easy, as the Japanese terrier is also eager to please their trainer.

Health Problems

There is no common health problems associated with the Japanese terrier. The only thing that should be considered is the weight management. Overweight Japanese terriers are susceptible to a myriad of diseases.


The mortality rate is high in the first 2 years of their life, mainly due to the small nature of these dogs.


Occasional brushing of the skin coat of the Japanese terrier is recommended to ensure that it stays looking great. More frequent brushing is recommended when the dog is shedding as this helps remove the loose hair.


This dog is said to have descended from the smooth fox terrier that came from the Netherlands in the 17th century and interbred with local Japanese dogs. This dog was then bred in the 1920 – 1930 period, being admitted to the Japanese Kennel Club in 1930. In 2006, it was accepted in the United kennel Club. This is one very rare dog, even in Japan , its native country.