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Hokkaidos descend from the medium-sized Japanese dogs that followed migrants from Honshu, the largest of the Japanese islands, to Hokkaido during the Kamakura period.
Hokkaido adult black and white

About the Hokkaido

Robust and dignified, the Hokkaido is loyal, calm and very alert. These dogs are intelligent thinkers who, with proper socialisation, make friendly, confident family companions.

Although extremely rare outside of Japan, the breed club sees between 900 – 1,000 Hokkaidos registered per year.

Source: key facts and characteristics sourced from Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)

Breed specifics

Country: Japan
Size category: Medium
Avg life expectancy: 11-13 years
Resilient / Loyal / Calm / Alert / Confident / Intelligent

Key facts

Makes a great guard dog
Makes a great family dog
Needs little training

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