Type: Companion

Height: 18.5 - 21.5 inches

Weight: 45-65 lbs.

Life Span: 11-13 years

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Activity: High

Watch-dog: High - Well behaved, yet great as a guard and watchdog.

Guard-dog: High - Intelligent and readily trained. Wary of strangers.

Description: The Ainu is a Japanese spitz breed that is rarely seen outside of Japan. The name is derived from the tribe of Ainu that existed in Japan for thousands of years who lived on the northern most Japanese island of Hokkaido. This breed was known for it's strength, but is commonly used today as a hunting and guard dog. It was historically a courageous dog, willingly attacking a 600-pound bear. It is now commonly a household dog that is clean and mannerly, yet quick to warn of danger. The dog may occasionally have a black tongue. When loved and cared for, the Ainu Dog is obedient to his master and a great friend.

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Other Names: Hokkaido, Ainu-Ken

Colors: Red, white, black, black and tan or partly gray

Coat: Double-coated; top coat is medium, short and dense; undercoat is dense.

Temperament: Intelligent, fiercely loyal and affectionate. Makes a great family pet. Bold and sometimes headstrong. Faithful and alert.

With Children: Medium-high: Well-behaved in the home and affectionate.

Learning Rate: High - known for intelligence.

Special Needs: Fenced yard, socialization, exercise, training

Health Issues: None known

History: Bred by people of Hokkaido (Japan) to hunt deer and bears. Most dogs are now companions. Known for it's strength and hunting and guarding abilities.