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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.
Other Names: Hokkaido, Ainu-Ken
Height: 18.5 - 21.5 inches
Colors: Red, white, black, black
and tan or partly gray
Temperament: Intelligent, fiercely
loyal and affectionate. Makes a great family pet. Bold and sometimes headstrong.
Faithful and alert.
Watch-dog: High - Well behaved, yet
great as a guard and watchdog.
Training: High - readily trained.
Health Issues: None known
Life Span: 11-13 years
Country of Origin: Japan
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