Original Name : Hokkaido
Type : Lupoid
Other Names : Do, Ken
Male size : 19-20½ inches
Female size : 18-19 inches
Degree of grooming :
Countries of origin : Japan
A breed with remarkable staying power that displays both dignity and naturalness, the Hokkaido is loyal, docile, very alert and bold.
Broad, slightly flat skull and forehead, shallow but well defined stop.
Well defined withers, straight, strong back, moderately broad, muscular loins, properly sloping croup.
Sesame (red fawn with black tips), brindle red, black, black and tan, white.
Small, triangular, sloping forward slightly, firmly pricked.
Set high, thick, carried vigorously curled and curved like a sickle over the back.
Harsh, straight topcoat, soft, dense undercoat.
The Hokkaido’s ancestors were brought to the island by the Ainu people, who used these dogs to hunt bears and other animals. Hokkaidos have a physique that is well suited to working in extreme cold and heavy snow. They also display acute judgment and great stamina.Medium-sized and well proportioned, Hokkaidos are robustly built dogs with solid bones, toned muscles and strongly pronounced secondary sexual characteristics.
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 (around the middle of the 12th century), as exchanges between Hokkaido and the Tohoku region developed. The breed was declared a Natural Monument in 1937, when it was named after its native island.