Japanese Terrier adult in black and white

Japanese Terrier

Japanese Terriers did not become popular in their homeland until after World War II. Demand grew hugely in the cities as families wanted a small companion dog that required little maintenance.

About the Japanese Terrier

Japanese Terriers are animated, happy dogs of marked intelligence. Adaptability and great affection are two uppermost qualities of this breed. A small-sized dog of smart appearance with a clear-cut and compact outline.

The coat is very short, being about 2mm in length. Not too noisy, these sensitive dogs appreciate the company of both grown-ups and children. It’s easy to see why they are so well liked by Japanese families.

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

Breed specifics

FCI Group 3
Size category
Avg life expectancy
9–12 years

Alert / Friendly / Lively

Key facts

  • Requires minimal grooming
  • Needs moderate exercise

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