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The Japanese Terrier, small, compact and elegant dog

Small, compact and elegant dog, the Japanese Terrier is a rare breed, even in its native country. However, it has everything to please because of its pleasant and easy-going character. This dog is also quiet and easy to train.

Characteristics of the Japanese Terrier

The Japanese Terrier shares many physical traits with the Smooth Fox Terrier except for size, coat color and character. This breed of Japanese origin has a well-drawn, compact appearance and a distinguished look. It measures between 30 and 33 cm and weighs around 4 kg. This Japanese dog has a more or less narrow and flat skull with a moderately pronounced stop, a straight muzzle, a black nose and tight, thin lips. Its expressive eyes are oval-shaped and medium-sized with a dark color. The ears are thin, small, set high and V-shaped. The whole is carried by a strong neck, more or less long and thick towards the shoulder. The Japanese Terrier has a smooth and short coat that is tricolored, i.e. black, white and tan. The black and white coats simply are also allowed.

History of the Japanese Terrier breed

The Japanese Terrier was developed around the 18th century and was born from a cross between several dogs including the smooth-haired fox terrier which was introduced from the Netherlands in Nagazaki a century before. It also carries the blood of the English white terrier, the black and tan English toy terrier and small native dogs. Originally, the Japanese Terrier was bred to exterminate vermin. But it changed its vocation by becoming a pet when the ladies living in Yokohama and Kobe adopted it. Today, this breed remains confidential even in Japan. The registration in the standard in the Japanese Kennel Club dates from 1930.

Necessary living conditions and behavior of the Japanese Terrier

The Japanese Terrier is described as a perfect pet. It is loyal, expressive, balanced and intelligent. It develops sensitivity and demands attention. This dog can evolve with the elderly, but also in families with children. It adapts to a life in apartment and will be able to be forgotten provided that one meets all its needs. Indeed, it is a great sportsman who must go out regularly to release his energy. He can participate in all kinds of dog sports such as treibball, tracking, hiking or flyball. Its education must be done with kindness so that the animal does not develop fear or aggressiveness.

Diet and main health problems of the Japanese Terrier

The Japanese Terrier is spared from hereditary diseases. It is a solid and robust dog. It does not need any specific food either. Premium kibbles will be more than enough, but care must be taken to rationalize the daily quantities correctly to avoid deficiencies or, on the contrary, overweight.