Hokkaido adult black and white


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.

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

Size category
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